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October 27, 2009

On Creativity and Design


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I've experienced few things as enlightening as my illustration professor's discussion of stroke. I've written on this before; mastery of any skill depends upon a thorough knowledge of the tools and materials. The Sistine Chapel, Leonardo's sketches, Hokusai's wave--all use the same tool: the stroke.

This is important for many reasons, but I feel the greatest is this: if knowledge of the tool expands the ability in a craft there is nothing inborn about creativity. It is merely seeing something to its logical end which allows for what we consider to be the greatest works.

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