Developers will forever intimidate me

Vividyellow from Vividred by 竜崎いち on Pixiv (illust id 33360697)

I don't have the ability to come up with the piece of art which Ruben relates to in his picture, but there are works out there that shed light on this, such as this imageset showing the art process of the above image by 竜崎いち on Pixiv. Even without the massive scale of 'Egg' in Ruben's post (literal translation), it's still a formidably detailed piece of work.

Although it personally mystifies me how artists of a higher calibre than my own are able to start off with a mass of scribbles detailing roughly where you want things to be, to the highly detailed finished product — that's how it's done. While I understand the process and can't do it though, art in itself has always been drilled into my head (whether rightly or wrongly) as something you won't make a living from and that is unrewarding — though perhaps the internet and booming doujinshi market could convince you otherwise.

Software and systems maintenance, however: people continually come up with creative solutions for problems that we didn't even realise we had until we had a piece of software to improve it. This mystifies me just as much — how on earth does that mass of gibberish somehow work as my public key? You find crafty ways to deal with the limitations of whatever you are using, whether it's the structure of a programming language or the lack of proper tools, which is something artists and developers both have in common. Systems are what we base our livelihoods on nowadays — without developers and software, we artists would all still be drawing with more traditional materials.

While I think artists such as the two mentioned are amazing (and intimidating), it's also important to give credit where credit is due. It's also important not to be hemmed in by traditional notions of art — is a beautiful website or operating system not a work of art in itself? Is the clean and crisp logo displayed on one's site not a design? Is each photo you have in your Flickr not a piece of art? This is art.

I do it way too often to myself, but little efforts should never be discounted even if it's the large works that gain the greatest attention.

Developers are part of what make the world go 'round, and are one of the many reasons they shall forever intimidate me. Tune in again for more reasons someday.