Digital Art vs Traditional Art

Digital Art vs Traditional Art
Technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, and now it’s made its way to the art world. Digital sketch pads and software have created a new genre of art. But…is it really art? Let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of digital versus traditional art.


  • No touch of the mouse or digital pencil compares to the feel of artist’s tools in your hand. Try as it might, no software can create the same brush stroke as a brush. Similarly, what can be produced with clay and a kiln cannot be mimicked.
  • Traditional art lets you see and learn your hand. In other words, you get the tangible experience of learning and developing your own techniques, intricacies, and refinements.
  • Traditional art has a higher resale value and a higher degree of appreciation. While a digital copy of a Picasso original may sell, it will never grab the same price or garner the same appreciation as an original.
  • Many digital artists today have never dabbled in traditional art. A sad reality, this phenomenon robs the digital artist of the discipline and trial and error processes of traditional art.
  • Digital art takes the artist away from learning the subtleties of different art mediums. A piece of software that allows you to switch between oil paint, watercolor and pen and ink with the click of a button is not the same as learning the variety of disciplines hands on.
  • Digital art simply cannot mimic some art techniques. Even with the advent of 3D printing, a sculptor, for example, cannot truly fit into the world of digital art.
The original art that comes from your vision, your skill, and your own hand has value. If you’re a traditional artist, browse our catalog here for the tools you need. If you’re a digital artist, consider learning the craft of traditional art. The tips and techniques of the craft can only enhance your digital work.

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