|| Larry Cottrill |
| Date :
|| 2003-08-08 23:13:27
| Subject :
Principal Skinner wrote :
>Jebus Larry...That's amazing. I have a couple of thousand dollars worth of Photoshop, AutoCad Lite 2004, and CNC software available to me, and you make me feel....inadequate
>You're the Caravaggio of MS Paint. Good work.
Much of the time, more like the Seurat ...
It must seem to most modern observers that this kind of work would be incredibly slow and meticulous, but that's because you have experience with wonderful CAD systems to compare it with. I have no such comparison to go by.
I worked as a draftsman in the Structural Dept of Brooks, Borg and Skiles, Architects and Engineers for nearly a decade. All my work was ink on linen at first, and later ink on Mylar sheet. We often did things like putting different "layers" of drawing on two sides of the same sheet, including the necessary "mirror image" lettering of notations and dimensions. With ink I was considered pretty good, as draftsmen go. The firm didn't adopt CAD as a standard technology until a couple of years after I left. Other disciplines, like electronics, auto and aircraft design, had been in CAD for years, of course. A&E firms were among the last to change, and it finally became mandatory to use CAD for any government work, which this firm had a long tradition of doing.
They were a wonderful crew to work with -- a lot more like family than a workplace in those days. Still highly respected and continuously successful, and a few of my old friends are still around, although all are more or less staring retirement in the face. And some, including all three of the firms namesake partners, have passed from this life.
That's the only place I've worked where I actually think of myself as having had a "career" in the real heartfelt sense of the word, and I haven't been employed there for 22 years. I'd be willing to bet it's [possibly] the one place in the world where I could show up without a resume looking for work and be hired on the spot, even though they'd need to handhold me through learning CAD from the ground up.