What's Your Opinion--Digital Art or Traditional?

Discussion in 'Art' started by CatJack, May 5, 2004.

  1. SC1F1

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    If digital tools provide more space to focus on the creative aspects instead of the productive aspects, yes. Technology for artistic purposes should enhance, rather that compensate a lack of skills.
     
  2. Loerwyn

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    I must say I prefer the more "traditional" styles of art. By that, I mean things that look drawn or painted rather than those that look digital. Some digital art looks amazing, I won't deny that, but I can't say I'm a fan of "digital looking" art.

    I think The Deed of Paskenarrion is one of the few exceptions to that rule :p
     
  3. Ramirez

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    I respect digital art, especially being surrounded by it as an art student. However, (and I am be biased) I strongly prefer traditional art. It is much more human, much more tangible, much more emotive. There are things I can do with a paintbrush, a pencil, and an ink nub that you can't possibly do with a computer. Also, since traditional art is more hands on it's much more efficient and exact, that is if you know what you're doing. If I want to draw a portrait I can draw the portrait, ink it, paint it, do whatever I want with it and it's all up to my hands and eyes. Doing it digitally, one has to go through so much process that I feel it nearly sucks the life out of you when instead it's so much easier and simpler to just do it by hand.

    Sure, digital media might make coloring easier (and most comic books today are colored digitally, which can look very visually pleasing), but it will never be able to do what one can do with paint, especially oil paint. One of my favorite coloring jobs on a comic book is Frank Miller's 300. His wife at the time used acrylics to color everything in and I absolutely love the way she can portray blood by using paint splashes. Spontaneity like this cannot be achieved through digital means.
     
  4. IkariX

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    Traditional

    call me old school mkay
     
  5. Ramirez

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    'Untitled' and 'Waterfields' are drawn with graphite and/or charcoal. The others appear to be a combination of traditional and digital art. Tell me if I'm wrong, because as you said the line is very thin. The others could very well be skillfully executed oil paintings for all I know.

    Nonetheless I really like your style and skill with a pencil.
     
  6. Sparrow

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    You got it!

    All started off as pencil sketches with the two full color pictures "painted" in Photoshop. I can draw with the best of them, but I'm nothing special with acrylics and oils. As mentioned by another poster further up the thread, when you're working in photoshop or whatever app is to your liking you can always go back and start a session over again.

    And thanks for the compliment, it was nice to hear it as it's been some years now that I put pencil to sketchpad.
     
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    I'd have to say that I respect traditional art much, much more. I enjoy traditional, but the world seems to lean the other way. So much of everything is digital now, and it seems like it will end up replacing just like animation films. Hopefully not though.

    I just bring myself to expect much more from digital art is all.
     
  8. lonewriter

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    Since I am a 3d artist, I am biased on this subject but I still like traditional. I mostly do sci fi 3d art but I'd like to try fantasy.
     
  9. doghouse

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    Both.

    I use traditional drawing techniques on a digital medium!

    Love me drawing tablet.
     
  10. Chipacabra

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    For me, there's room for both. Traditional techniques have a timeless quality to them, and I suspect that an awareness of how things are done in the "old school" sort of way gives you greater insight into how things can be done in a digital way. I think that both of them actually work hand-in-hand. I work primarily with digital photography, and the thing I've learned from that is no matter how good I am with Photoshop or some such program, none of that will fix a bad picture. I suspect the same can be said for drawing, painting, etc. Digital media is simply more expedient, but no less of a requirement of skill. For me it is, anyway, but I also think it depends on what you want the finished product to evoke. There's a sensual quality to traditional media (especially in terms of painting, drawing, etc) and nothing digital can come close to that, but on the flip-side, I think that digital media has a lot of unexplored territory in terms of novel ways of applying digital technology.
     
  11. AlisonPeters

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    I like digital art plenty and an exponent of mine WHO dabbles in it, amazes Pine Tree State with what he will turn out.
    I can't draw/paint etc for toffy thus digital art may be some way for fewer maually dextrous folks (like me) to truly produce one thing.
     
  12. Steph19041961

    Steph19041961 Artist

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    Has my opinion of digital art changed...

    I first posted on "What's Your Opinion--Digital Art or Traditional?" in 2004. I came back to read what I posted, because I got an email informing me of a new post on the subject.

    My opinion hasn't really changed that much from 2004, but the tech for digital art has changed a great deal. With printing and digital paint programs, work can be done digitally that looks and feels like an oil painting. 3D programs can not only give more depth, but 3D printers can build a 3D object or carve one out of various types of materials. The tech of art is moving at leaps and bounds. This doesn’t mean that hand painting is disappearing, and I still prefer original hand done work on my walls, but that is because I like having a one of a kind, rather than one of a thousand copies of an original digital work.
     
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  13. Action Avenue

    Action Avenue Artist, Cartoonist & Dude

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    I have an appreciation for both traditional and digital. My leaning is towards traditional art. As an artist myself, I am comfortable in working with traditional art mediums. In the interest of full disclosure, I have not created any art by digital means as of yet. My plan is to experiment with digital art within the next two or three years. I have seen some digital art that is excellent. I have also seen some questionable digital artworks in which I have to wonder if the artists responsible have ever worked in a traditional medium as a way to build foundational understanding of techniques before moving onto digital means. Finally, I've seen some traditional art and digital art that makes me wonder if their artists have ever even taken an art class. Just my opinions here, I am not an artistic snob. I am just a regular person who appreciates art and the work that goes into making quality art, no matter the medium or subject matter. Like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder.
     
  14. loucash

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    Mix traditional art with digital

    Hello everyone.
    I generally mix traditional style with digital.
    Neither of them is my favourite. I use both of them.
    Final effect is a little grungy, certainly not as steril as digital drawing. That is why I love it.

    Take a look at sample

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  15. D.R. Stevenson

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    Here is a guy using Zbrush to make comics
    http://www.pixologic.com/interview/henk/1/

    I love poser comics when they are done right. When the artist knows how to using proper lighting so everything does not look plastic.
     
  16. spearcarrier

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    I think it depends on the effect I'm going for, although I have to admit that on many things I always draw with pencil first. I can use my wacom to draw, but I find it hard and it hurts my wrist. Sometimes natural methods are best!

    As good as the digital technology has gotten, there are still some traditional looks it can't simulate well enough for my taste. But then again, I'm incredibly fond of taking 3D art and turning them into "paintings" - I can't paint like Boris et al, so I'll simulate it badly by cheating.
     
  17. aconghomede

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    i like traditional,
    Like Teak from wood , it's elegan and go green:D
     
  18. jastius

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    drawing tablet?

    i find drawing tablets to drive me bonkers, but i keep trying.. are there really any good ones..?

    i took fine arts but broke a couple of bones in my drawing hand and now my control is problematic for traditional format. so i have been combining what is left of my skills to limp on with in both traditional and digital formats.
     
  19. EllaihMoos

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    Hi! I like this thread, because I can easily share my insights about Digita Art. Actually, I have no background in Digital Art, but every time I watch movies I always perceptible how they used digital art in their works. Amazing!