I miss hand drawing. If I didn’t feel like I had to keep up and work faster (and I’m pretty quick with a pencil), I would go back. But that’s not the case for at least three months a year in the spring when I’m at my virtual ‘drawing board’ for many hours each day creating landscape design plans for clients. During this time, time is truly money. It’s when a large percentage of my projects are conceptualized, drawn and sent out into the world to become reality. I know that many people, some of my designer friends among them, still prefer to ‘think’ with a pencil. I do too, often sketching conceptual ideas for details and preliminary plan layouts on paper with a proper pencil, but with computer drafting programs I can change my mind, import collaborator’s drawings and never have to redraw an entire section of drawing over and over and over again. If I need it–I just click and paste. It is a time saver, but I still miss hand drawing.
If I didn’t have to collaborate and work with architects, engineers and interior designers, I would still be working by hand. It bothers me somehow that something so tactile, rhythmic and intuitive as drawing has been flung aside in favor of yet a another thing I compute. I miss hand drawing.