Like a load of lumber dumped off the back of a truck bed, our manuscript for “By Hand and Eye” is off to Chris Schwarz at Lost Art Press. Hopefully Chris won’t need a hatchet, to make a book out of it. I learned a few lessons along the way I’ll share with you:
- If your computer is old, sick, or a bit wheezy, bite the bullet and upgrade. It’s a major suck to have it crash FOUR TIMES going down the home stretch.
- Don’t agree to a big deadline in early June. The whole world welcomed spring by frolicking in sunshine and doing back-flips over tulip beds, while I hunkered over a drawing board in a cave. Intense hunkering should be reserved for February.
All joking aside, the really profound lesson we’re most excited to share, has to do with the different levels of sight. Both Jim Tolpin and I are absolutely convinced that with a little effort, anyone can make huge strides in their ability to visualize and imagine designs with clarity.
We all have the ability to look and intuitively make judgments with our eye. For many of us this is that vague sense that the work of our hands looks compelling or as is often the case lacking, yet often not being able to put our finger on the reason. For the vast majority this is the normal state, accepted as our lot in life.
It’s an energizing leap to go from looking to seeing. This is a whole new world where the eye is awakened to the forms and proportions within a design and the ability to unpack a composition. This ability is dramatic, akin to the difference between the bystander watching someone kayak and climbing aboard to experience the frothy waves. It forever changes the way we interact with the world around us.
Yet there’s more. We each have the ability to go beyond looking, beyond seeing and begin to clearly visualize with our designers eye. This is much more than simply unpacking a design, this is the ability to see it in your inner eye with clarity. It’s like developing a sixth sense. One can go beyond unpacking a design and actually begin manipulating it on the blackboard in your head. Doubly exciting because it’s timeless and universal, giving you the ability to clearly find your inner vision or voice, and finally unshackle your creative impulses.
Both Jim and I can’t wait to see you run, dance, chisel, saw, carve – heck, even sprout wings and fly with it.
George R. Walker