I think many old school skills get lost to the computer.
this is a shame but enevitable as the human race moves forward.
I remember a few years back when i whent to buy a Photography darkroom set up to re-kindle my skills learnt when i studied photography back in the day.The response from the photography shop was "what on earth do you want that prehistoric kit for" and it dawned on me .....i must go digital.
I think with reference to the subject matter just as digital photography "just isnt the same" and has no romantic magic to it, the same can be said for "real 3D Drawings".
But as the digital images are so good and economical then the free hand sketch books will probabley stay in the same cupboard as my red lights,toners and process paper.
I have a loft containing exactly the same kit as you have. Things have moved on drawing wise and I suppose if you have real artistic skills you will be still inclined to take out the pencil and paper and to draw something and probably do it as a hobby. The problem is you cant ignore technology as you quickly become a dinosaur. I must admit I have shunned REVIT as being to complicated for every day use but appears to be asked for more and more in job descriptions. My foot is still firmly planted in the AUTOCAD camp and where I need to model things very quickly I use SKETCHUP.
There is a problem with REVIT where some people slavishly over model where this is entirely unecessary. I dont know of any average practice that would have the luxury of the fee to be able to do this. The software should be used to increase production ie - in getting the job out of the door and not making a perfect model of the building that no one really cares about either at design stage let alone after the job is built. I know however that I am going to have to start using REVIT again and become more proficient in it use. Maybe I should use it as a matter of course as it is very quick for 2d work and then gradually ease myself into using it for 3d work.
Hi all Barry here just arrived on the network.
Just started last week looking at sketchup. I'm a photoshop man! (serious hobby photographer and photo artist in my spare time) The next step is 3d printing. Converting designs into real models at very affordable prices and as complex as you like.
Look forward to interacting with you guys
I am a late starter with photoshop and looking at it. I have used GIMP which is a similar type of programme but guess it isnt as advanced as Photoshop. 3D printing is the next big thing and have been watching its development with interest, Sketchup is great for initial modelling and for its simplicity and use it quite often to give clients a quick idea of projects
I have flirted with REVIT which is BIM capable and is completely different to AUTOCAD. There is a great deal to learn with it and is very processor hungry even for low level imaging. There can be a tendency to over model on projects were there isnt really the need for it - eating up hours and fee!. I have used it succesfully to quickly to produce detailed floor plans in alot less time than AUTOCAD.