Digital Art vs. Traditional Art
Digital Art or Traditional Art? This answer is very personal and depends on the preferences of each individual. None of the answer is right or wrong or even you can choose both. So this article is based on my personal experience but I would like to explain each of them to give my point of view.
Since the beginning of humankind, people have been expressing there ideas, thoughts, emotions and the world around them through art. We used everything from rocks, to clay, to paint and now – technology. The evolution of technologies is continuously changing the ways of creation every time and goes on.
Digital Art is making this easier (well easier, understand ‘easy’ like everything is ready to use and share quicker, not easy like is easy to draw in a tablet because is not ) and art is not less valuable because it is done with other mediums. Some traditional artists may think that is “cheating” or “fast and easy” or even “fake”. But like I said before it depends on everyone’s experiences or preferences.
Traditional Art is any form of art that is creating using real media. For example : pencils, paint, charcoal, pastels, watercolours, clay, chalk and so on.
This kind of medium for me is very important because is the way I started back in the day when I didn’t have a computer. So the only thing I had is a pencil, a bunch of pencil colours and a sketchbook. I still using this medium on my sketch process and doodling the first ideas. I think it is very unique and it can not be replaced.
- Started before
- No need to recharge
Digital Art is Art created using Technology. It varies from digital painting / illustration, digital sculpting to digital animation and VR. Any form of art you create using the technology available to you , is your digital art.
I started using a computer back in my secondary school and I have always played around with Paint the software that came with the computer where it simulates a canvas and a bunch of tools like pencil, bucket of colours, etc…We all know and tried Paint 🙂 Later with the evolution of the computers and the improvements in software brought programs like Photoshop or Illustrator. I felt in love with Photoshop the first time I tried. It was a friend who introduced me to that amazing world of possibilities. That was a decisive moment for me because I wanted to know more about it and made me decide my studies path.
So I decided to study Graphic Design and I loved it. I enjoyed so much that 2 years , my grades were incredible, all the subjects were amazingly interesting for me. I learnt how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, and basically that was the main focus on the course. When I finished that course I continued learning more about it by my own and I continued practising everyday.
At some point I wanted to upgrade my drawing skills and I bought an economic Wacom , but for me wasn’t working very well. Drawing wasn’t feeling nice and I had to look to the computer all the time while drawing….I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t have the money for buying one of the expensive Cintiqs so …That’s why I gave up on tablets until I got my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. A game changer for me.
Procreate App for iPad
Like the computers has its software like Photoshop or Illustrator the iPad has an amazing tool very easy and intuitive to use called Procreate. This app has endlessness of possibilities. Brushes are so easy to install or even you can create you own brushes. There are a lot of websites with brushes for Procreate where you can download them for free, or you can buy Premium Procreate brushes from other artists like Bardot Brushes.
I really enjoy drawing with this App and is very easy to learn how to use it. I will make some Procreate tutorials for beginners in future post , so stay tune! 😀
You can see on Social Media a lot of Artists are using the iPad and Procreate to illustrate. It makes everything so nice and quick, it feels a natural way of drawing with all the advantages that the technologies offer. Before you needed a scanner to reproduce your traditional art into a computer to print or share it. Now everything is ready to use and go. 😀
In conclusion, both mediums are essential for me. I still using the Traditional Art, I like doodling a lot and I make some little Kawaii drawings, it’s very therapeutic for me. It has helped me a lot with the lockdowns, keeping my mind busy and distracted to not focus on the negative. Digital Art is in my day all day, everyday. It is a powerful tool to work with, ready to use with infinity possibilities.
I suggest that you try both and you’ll find the correct answer for your own needs, because every one is different. You can practise first with traditional mediums and then start to applying what you have learnt into digital. I hope you found this article useful!
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