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.
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