Saturday, September 1, 2012
This week's Illustration Friday prompt is "identical". When I first saw the prompt, I knew I didn't want to draw two of something, so I drew a 1908 Model T Ford.
Henry Ford developed the first assembly line for mass production of this automobile. His quote,
"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."
underscores the "identical" nature of mass production.
Back in my working girl days, I spent many hours analyzing, optimizing, and otherwise having a grand old time with assembly lines. Ironically, there is a lot of creativity that goes into developing one, but once it's up and running, it cranks out the same old thing time after time after time after time... identical copies of the one that went before. Hopefully.
The artist in me likes the uniqueness of a one-off creation. The engineer in me appreciates the ability to make exact replicas, time and time again. While I had fun drawing this car, I don't care to do it again.