Working in upper-division Computer Science as an Art/Literature/Cinematography major with no lower-division Computer Science credits has taught me a number of useful and surprising lessons.
One I’m focusing on for this post is a concept I call the Rabbit Hole of Computer Science, but it really applies to any field, any endeavour, including creation.
The basic idea of the Rabbit Hole is simple: when you’re trying to figure out how to do something, you look for the answer. When you find it, you realize you need to answer some new questions in order to understand the answer to your previous question. And when you find those answers, you must find new answers, etc., and you tumble down the Rabbit Hole further and further and further.
This makes most people frustrated and want to give up. But you shouldn’t.
Why? Because at the end of the Rabbit Hole, you get to Wonderland.
This lesson was important for me in figuring how to make digital paintings out of my sketches. I loved the result, but I had to tumble down for a while before I got to Wonderland.
What’s Wonderland? And why do you want to go there? Stayed tuned for part 2 next week.
PS: New Traditional Work up. Comment by clicking “Permalink” at the bottom of the picture in the slideshow.
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