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The World of Digital Art

Stepping out of the real world and into your imagination is an experience that is both shared and held close to all of us. Most of us here express it in our own way in respects to art and the art form. As time moves forward technology progresses on, that type of expression is finding new means and mediums to be painted upon.

Digital art has exploded with the modern age and with it brilliant and fantastic artists have emerged from its rupture. So why is Digital Art so popular.

  Cordyceps by jeffsimpsonkh

What makes Digital Art so appealing that most would give up traditional art to move onto something more accessible. Is it money? Is it the potential to further your own artistic ventures? Some say all and others none of the above. It's all personal preference but I am sure we can all observe how popular Digital Art has become. Not just for the artists down the street but as well for the artists who are creating beautiful matte paintings for movies, television series, comics etc. 

The Procession-Final by AlexRuizArt

"A picture is worth a thousand words."  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Digital Art offers so many opportunities to expand on your own palette and skills. There are so many tutorials online that can allow you to reach the goal you want to be with your art in the digital realm and there are a lot who do it effectively too. The sky is the limit and there really are no boundaries. Only what your imagination can create. Perhaps it's that ease, that seemingly seamless transition from paper to computer that drives our curiosity. Perhaps it's just another piece of technology to play and fiddle around with as new software comes out for us to test and make Digital Art even more appealing.

Alm-Atias Refuge by andreasrocha

So maybe that's why a lot of users tend to veer towards Digital Art. They feel more comfortable with the accessibility of all the things that can aid them in achieving the look /  feel they want. There are countless stock accounts and websites here on DeviantART and around the web. You can even view live sessions online via youtube or livestream to watch your favorite artist paint something using the same tools you do on the computer.

Digital vs Traditional by MidnightTea7

You can buy tablets that make it feel even more like painting rather then the potential feel of a synthetic canvas. Which might not only make the process easier but more appealing. There are brushes, textures and styles all at your finger tips that would make painting chain mail, for example, a thing of the past. What would take probably a good chunk of your day using traditional art, digital art could take a few hours in PhotoShop.

To mix and blend colors instantly. To erase a mistake without having to re-do the entire canvas. It's the ease of Digital Art that makes it so appealing to so many users. Digital Art though a popular medium to use is still an art form and a beautiful one at that. Just like all art forms. The passion for art still remains just like any other medium of choice. Regardless if it is Digital or Traditional.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." ~ Aristotle

So I bring this question to the community. To allow you to think on such a topic and feel free to discuss in the comments below as this will warm you up for another article I will be releasing in the coming week or so!

Is Digital Art a popular medium? If so why? Is it because it's easy to access? You can download free applications online or use muro to draw?

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123escazu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I do both..After I finish a canvas, I begin the process of playing with digital art...
Love the abstract out come, as well as the original base its created from
mariachry Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IMO digital art is kind of easier to be fixed. You have undo,layers etc. Both digital and traditional art is hard to master and are both significant but for me, the feel and smell of a canvas..well it cannot be replaced by a computer :)
Cheezzle Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
It's popular because the internet is popular, and digital is one of the best ways to convey art through the internet. Also it's considerably easier to make a better looking piece digitally vs traditionally.
47ness Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for putting together this article, Amber. :nod: It's good to have some perspective on the bigger picture once in a while.

If I can be a bit frank though, from reading the comments, it seems like there's a fair bit of traditional art-bashing going on. :( Sure there are observable downsides to the traditional process, but that shouldn't be the main motivator in being a digital artist. Being for something just to be against something else is not a sustainable mindset.

It's worth noting traditional art met one of its greatest challenges over a 100 years ago with the advent of photography. Artists didn't all just throw away their tools and become photographers; they completely reinvented themselves. And traditional art will continue to do that now. I would say there is actually a heightened appreciation for traditional art because A) of its uniqueness and B) because of its finality. Of course, you could scan and reproduce a traditional piece, but I think people are becoming especially aware of the value of something one-of-a-kind. There is also the respect earned by artists who've trained themselves on the real-world canvases, be it sculpting or sidewalk chalk murals, without the need of an Undo button.

Getting back to your query though, it is a matter of accessibility and art via a digital community obviously benefits a digital artistic process (for me, I enjoy working in Photoshop because I can access more color/light ranges + allow others to access it easily via deviantART) But that hasn't diminished my lifelong passion for good ol' scribbling on paper. I'd like to think I know what my aim is (regarding the quote by Aristotle) and sometimes just having an age-old tool like a pencil in my hand is just enough connectivity between imagination and the canvas. :nod:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist

Thanks for the comments and insight. I know this article might seem a bit directed towards calling Digital art 'better', but it was meant to be an open discussion about why it has become a popular medium and it seems like it all stems from the same thing. In the end it all comes down to personal preference. I myself never meant to bash Traditional art and I don't think anyone else meant to do so intentionally either.

I myself LOVE traditional art. It is obviously where I first started my passion for art and I love and respect it just like I love and respect all mediums of art. Whether it is digital, traditional, photography etc.

I agree with you and share your sentiments 100%! :heart:
47ness Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I think you did yeoman's work promoting the positives in the discourse. :nod:

(Now that we know the general views of artists on this site, it would be interesting to posit your question to a greater public sphere. 'Is everyone else embracing the digital medium as much as we are?' After all, the public is ultimately what sustains us financially. ;) )
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
:la: Lovely article and points covered here.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What got me going on the digital band wagon was initially my curiosity when I was 6 years old (and photoshop was practically brand new!). When I was 14 and really started diving into it, it was because I didn't have a scanner and uploading images to the internet to share with others was something I really wanted to do! These days, I dabble in both traditional and digital mediums, but in the long run digital artwork is less impactful on my wallet ^^;
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