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Offensive Phrases of the Day

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Nothing to do with Big Brother.

Sometimes I get a little tired of people trying to split the technical and imaginative sides of creating things up. They put down the technical aspects with phases like Gear Head or Techie as though the true artist has no need for such "distractions".

They need to look up the biographies of many of the recognised masters of traditional art. They learnt about quarrying to find the best stone to carve their statues from, how to combine chemicals to create paint and inks, cut up dead bodies to learn how muscles shaped the skin over them, developed ways of casting large pieces of metal, used acids to etch the metal and many other less than pleasant tasks along the way. Sure you can be into the technical stuff without being an artist. It’s very hard to be an artist without being a technician of your art form though.

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