Going through some old photo albums and came across some fading pics from '73 when I was in my last year at MassArt as a Graphic Design major. Just kicking back in my studio apt. — and the stuff in the background triggered a nostalgia tsunami.
I'm remembering the must-have tools of the trade back then (Sellers, you know what I'm talkin' about):
• 60" or 72" hollow core door straddling a pair of adjustable Charrette trestles • 40" Charatex-coverd Mayline drafting board with precision sliding straight edge • 100-pen AdMarker set • A rotary pen & tool holder • Pica ruler • A sharpener for mechanical drafting pencils with a stab-me ring • Xacto knife and #11 blades • Rubber cement, thinner, and pickups (or a waxer if you were hi-tech) • Non-repro blue pencils • Gum erasers • Set of RapidoGraph drafting pens • Multi-roll clip-on tape dispenser • Dozens of sheets of LetraSet • Rolls of Rubylith and Amberlith • Pads of trace and layout paper • Stacks of illustration board • Pantone color guides (they were cheap back then) • And your big-ass portfolio
I compare that to today's digital tools and I realize how much fun I've been missing!
LOL! I stil have my % wheel, gum erasers, pickups, and circle templates. And I only got rid of the surviving AdMarkers a/b two years ago. Still use a roller and smoothing blocks. I have to build comps now and then, but they're inkjet printouts instead of marker layouts. But flat files? You must've been a rich kid.
These modern-style flat files were bought for my first studio in 1985 from Flax Art Store. I bought two and stacked them. I think they were about $150 each. They still look great ... and I've had a place to keep all my posters and big drawings.
I see you in that picture, in your Danish Modern Recliner that only Trust Fund Art School students had … but MassArt?! ... the lounger probably was lifted from your parent's summer place in the Hamptons.
Art Center comp from 1981. I used 200pt Avante Garde Ex-Light burnished onto a gouache painting …. THERE"S ONLY ONE 'Q' ON THE SHEET! …. and at 4am with the caffeine shakes, if it transfers poorly I'd have screwed the painting I worked on for days and was due in about 5 hours.
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