When I was in elementary school I doodled on just about everything. My books, the school desktop, on bathroom walls. Not to mention how much trouble I got into. So it was natural for me to develop my eye to hand coordination and try to draw what I could see.
I didn't see any future in doodling after high school so I joined the US Navy to become a jet mechanic. Turns out I was a terrible mechanic but somewhat book smart so I did well on the advancement tests and made it to the rank of E5 in three years. Nonetheless I was still a terrible mechanic. It was in the Navy where I saw a jet engine assembly book filled with illustrated parts breakdowns. I thought to myself, I'd like to draw like that, since I was already thinking about what to do after the Navy.
So I took some drafting classes and landed a job as a drafter in the Silicon Valley. This was in the early 80s. Tried to be artistic and learned quickly that there ain't nothing artistic about mechanical engineering drawings. My thoughts of creative grandeur were squashed like a bug getting the slipper. If I wanted to stay employed I had to throw my artistic shit out the window.
It was a mental shift to change my perspective to look at engineering drawings as documents of graphic communications. Creativity came in the form of logic diagrams, schematics and assembly drawings. But all was not lost, the art became a science in creating efficient drawings of communication. That in itself is an artform. What a geeky thing to say. Makes you wonder why they call us techies, "geeks".
CAD was the beginning of my digital design experience. There was a bit of a learning curve, and the transition from eye to hand drawing, to ,mouse and keyboard drawing, took some getting use to.
Think about this, if you look at everything around you that was fabricated, more than likely a drawing was used to show someone how to make that thing.
"So with every fabricated thing I see, I imagine drawings morphically emerging from them."
I've spent many years learning to draw with a mouse and keyboard using Photoshop and Illustrator as a technical publications specialist. I use these programs now to create graphics for my art and design projects. Go to My Digital Arts to view samples of my work.
Visit my Pinterest page for more artwork.
In the Silicon Valley I used to create prototype parts for company projects I was working on. So I bought my own hobbyist type 3D printed and started creating parts as artwork. To create a 3D part you first would make a CAD model then convert that model to an STL file compatible with a 3D printer.
Learning to code was another difficult transition and I know now why being good at math and being able to follow rules is a virtue innate to coding. As an artist your creativity to explore is detained until you are able to follow the rules of coding. HTML and CSS are the codes I learned for creating websites. To see my web design go to www.tedvisaya.com