Back in the days ... (CLOSED)
I am kind-of newish (here), which is like fifty free facelifts and botox treatments - which (as the late/great Phillis Diller said of Joan Collins) means: "When I smile, my ears flap!"
Ion asked if I might write a few pieces, covering CAD's three decades ... AND DON'T BORE FOLKS ...
OK ... trying not to be boring ... this is an extract of a current discussion with the folks over at Deviant Art. I'm rejoining after a fifteen year or so break (laugh) ... I hope it might be of interest to those who wonder about the past.
Twenty years ago - I was a member of Deviant Art (nominal BBS), having
joined (as a multiple web-master of other sites) to offer encouragement
to new (mostly pen/ink) artists - and suggestions/help where I could -
as a distraction from my real-world work/profession (ie. rest is as good
as a holiday).
Back in the days when Noah had all his own teeth ... I had been a
published cartoonist, paper/journal sub-editor, and multiple national
award/exhibition winning artist (pen/paint/design); thus had a keen
interest in encouraging new artists and intellectual interest in the
directions they were going/headed (some were truly inspirational).
About 90~95% of DA's holdings were scanned
sketch/pen/line/water-coloured art - back then.
Zygote/Poser was just
getting started, and the few CAD packages were mostly dedicated
engineering or architectural focus.
I was working
(free-time/distraction) with developers like Paul at Photodex, Geoworks,
and the original PSP team, to make computer-based drawing-paint/image
processing programs and add-ons.
Late 1990's - the problem I foresaw was that those designing the art
programs were CAD/engineering focus/background (linear) as opposed to
genuine artists (free hand); thus the resulting processes and products
would be linear bias, rather than free-hand/free-creation & expression
For example: The best and most intuitive sketching and shading tool
ever made (programmed) was done by the programmers at IMSI (late
1980's-early 1990's); however it was not within their main CAD or
artistic packages (Turbo CAD, etc.). Rather - it was a small and very
versatile artwork placement and editing/drawing suite within IMSI
Perfect Publisher* - made for school teachers/teaching material
producers and publishers on 286-386 era machines/dot-matrix printers, circa 1987-88.
[*: graphic file options at the time were early BMP, TIFF or GIF87.]
The latter could not compete against the first releases of
WFWG/MS-Word, Geoworks (internal) WP/artshop, or Amstrad's Tasword,
etc., - thus was a commercial flop and dumped/discontinued.
The unique brilliant drawing/art creation package within, died with
the dumping of that software/product.
Had it been split-off as a separate free-standing package - computer
graphics today would be vastly different and far more
All the main stream Manga artists
would have used it.
Most cartoonists and sketch artists would be working
directly with tablets/stylus (could dispense with paper/pencils/crayons).
Time marches on. DA today is vastly different and far more successful
than it was twenty years ago. Graphics programs and software are
similarly vastly different and far more accessible, than twenty years ago.
Due to Covid19 and rotten weather (cannot do gardening), I was bored -
so decided to visit some of the old (profession/work) distractions. Many
are no longer around, just as much of my old software will not function
under Win10X, however I happened across a few sites and got chatting
with some of the web-masters and mistresses.
On the basis I was around when Noah developed an interest in
carpentry/boat-building ... a few asked me to write some articles about
3D/CAD and associated sites/software - twenty years ago, contrasted to
As one of the three original artist's free hosting sites - I
immediately thought of Deviant Art ... so came for a look.
Changed? Well last time I was here, we had around four hundred (400)
active contributors, maybe four thousand logged members/visitors ... and
the financial viability of the site was a regular monthly or quarterly
DA is a bit bigger now*, and the site/financial crises seem
[*: Millions of members/visitors.]
Waves to any old-timers who've managed to escape, or gotten out on parole, from the "Old Geeks Home".