In a recent post, Illustration Art said the current darlings of the graphica scene, Chris Ware and Art Spiegelman, can’t draw. This touched a nerve with readers, and Illustration Art responded with a more detailed analysis of Ware’s work.
50 years ago, there were a thousand key line and paste up artists working for subsistence wages in commercial art studios across the country. They would sit at a drawing board with a T-square and a triangle, creating ads for the backs of comic books and other lofty venues. Virtually all of them could draw as well as Chris Ware. Many could draw better. But because that was an era with different standards, they would have laughed at the suggestion that their drawings were good enough to hang in a museum. Today those key liners have all disappeared, swept aside by technology and the invisible hand of Adam Smith. But Chris Ware is hailed for the same mechanical drawing skills.
(From Design Observer)