I guess one advantage I have in the perpetual struggle to realize visions is this: While my technical skills can improve, the level of detail in my head is not really changing. It's NOT a moving target. Yes, the ideas might become more sophisticated, more resolved, more detailed. But they don't actually become less technically feasible. That remains fairly constant. I assume I'll have finally achieved sufficient ability to execute my visions, when I'm having a heart attack or something at the drawing board. Death does love a good joke.
In related news, I spent some time at the library yesterday perusing the art books. I came across a design book that showed samples of industrial and commercial design, mass production objects, and fashion trends from the 1890s-1990s. I learned a few things from this.
- Recreating a period Look is probably not as easy as it seems, given that most of the fashion pictures in the book struck me as being specifically recreations. It's possible that's what those Looks would've looked like if photographed with modern equipment, but somehow I doubt it.
- The sailor suit for children came from a portrait of a British prince.
- Cubism might've made bad fine art, but it made kick-ass mass production decor.
- It's kind of a shame dressing like a grown up is somewhat out of style.
- Also, hats.
- The late 40s/early 50s American is my favorite lady fashion.
- The stove, refrigerator, and sink should not be a single kitchen appliance/fixture.