See & Saw. Hee & Haw. Ohhh & Ahhh. This blog is an ever-growing collection of curios, oddities, and astonishing visual treats. Honest.
Yeah, I always loved those cutaway drawings. As a kid, my Dad would occasionally buy me a copy of Popular Mechanics or Popular Science if the issue involved whatever my current obsession was. Fighter planes, submarines, etc all made more sense once you saw the "big picture" in this format.Great find!
Illustrations were such a part of the Popular Science/Mechanic magazines. Today, photoshop wizardry has largely taken over this craft.
I haven't bought a Popular Mechanics mag in YEARS, so it never occurred to me that technology would usurp the old cutaway illustrations! Amazing. One day, perhaps we'll see an art gallery selling them as "antique style" 3D illustrations. Probably a lost or soon to be lost art.
Today, a number of programs can take a blueprint and quickly turn them into 3-D models, plus with the ability to rotate and turn them to the appropriate angle. Add in the programs that allow the application of 'skins' of metal, wood or virtually any other texture. Add a lightsource and adjust lighting...Today, the typical cut-away hand drawn/painted illustration would cost about $5,000 to commission. I know a super talented painter that can paint 'realism'; he's is now employed as an installer of ceramic tiles.
Ouch.Technology is amazing and wonderful, but your friend is a grim reminder that every advance causes at least a few casualties.
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