Its the same in almost any artistic industry ... the equipment is merely a tool. Of course .. certain tools DO make certain tasks easier.
In my industry for example (the special fx industry) ... new software and hardware do indeed make more complex tasks faster and easier. That being said ... the same thing could be achieved on slower and older machines. It would just be more painful and take longer.
The no. 1 asset any commercial artist has is his/her own perception and awareness of what looks good, followed by his/her ability to create something unique and universally appealing.
There is no substituting equipment for individual talent.
anyway .. that's my take. ___________________________________________________________
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - A. Einstein