There is the idea in life of the Eureka moment when the solution unfolds itself before your eyes. It is a wonderful instant in time to experience, yet, when you study the solution you realize the “eureka” might be the result of 10-20 years of thinking about a certain idea.
As a non-artist, I can see what I want with a product or character, but I need 3d computer modeling and a lot of sketchbooks to get the idea to the final. When is it final? It is when you look at the idea on a page and it says, “that’s it, no more change” or with character, they tend to come to life on the page and talk to you. That is when you know the idea is done and much like me being here fabricating spaces to build things in –you then go build the ideas, products and characters.
Perhaps it is this process that keeps me occupied; hopefully till I die as there is no shortage of problems for humanity on the planet. Sometimes I wonder if everyone was told, “live a simple life.” Would people be kinder, nicer, and more human to each other without the strange stress of consumerism and stuff? Or would be we find another way to be stressed out and treat each other badly at times?
Thus, that is my thoughts this morning, we start whit bringing an idea to life that I have stared at on a wall for a year. Now…the bridge between the concepts, drawing, and small prototypes goes into life size and I wonder, “how many tweaks will it take?
For the record, the most attempts to get an idea into a form we did was 86. It was for a light toy that we could program and take control of, as if by “magic” for arena sized shows. I think it was 1994? 95? We literally had to come up with a way to do something we never heard of before, so there was my engineer and I, each failure teaching us another step to get the idea to work.
Then, one day…when the idea worked. I think we stared at it like mules looking at a new barn gate. I am not sure if we were more amazed at how the idea actually worked, or that we actually figured out a great idea that took a common element and allowed it to be replicated with 20,000 other people in an arena?
Hopefully, it won’t take 86 iterations for this. As what we need to create, we have most of the parts already and it will be custom fabrication of one element while using off the shelf components for others.
But I am curious to see this idea working and live. I guess that is the fun of it all. “I have this idea….”
The next step is to be ignorant or selectively dumb enough to try?
But that first step always makes one a bit queasy, as you simply don’t know. The idea of not knowing terrifies many on the planet.