5 Reasons to do it the traditional way
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5 Reasons to do it the traditional way


Traditional and Digital art are both completely different mediums, able to create the same product. It is possible to paint a beautiful, watercolor-like painting digitally, as well as achieve the cleanliness and color options of a digital piece traditionally. Therefore, using one or the other to express ourselves creatively is, just like many things in life, just an option. People may have personal, sometimes even illogical reasons for using one or the other and that's fine. Today, however, I'm a cheerleader for the "traditional side", and I offer you 5 reasons to do it traditionally!

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Vase Painter by JeremyLeach



1. Oh the wonderful smell of art supplies > I'm not talking about the toxic smell that come painting techniques require, of course. Rather about the feeling you get when entering a huge art supply store, touching all those brand new pencils and tubes, canvases.. Personally, I could never get attached to a Photoshop brush the way it's possible with new Polychromos.


2. Easier on eyes > Painting traditionally never exhausts your eyes as much as working on a screen all the time.


3. Physical touch > Have you ever tried to apply the paint to a canvas with just your fingers? It's very exciting but a sort of therapy at the same time. You can paint spontaneously, at large and making your whole body to be part of the process.

4. Producing an original artwork > The result of painting or drawing traditionally is an original painting or drawing. It's a one of a kind object that has it's special value.


5. Your house looks great! > It does. Even a mess, consisting of various brushes, paint, papers and sketches lying around, has it's charm and can even support your creativity. Also, an art easel is a very sexy object to own.


painter by Klikkanan



Do you prefer the traditional or digital way? What are your reasons?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below ♥


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BlueNyx1321's avatar
BlueNyx1321|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like going about everything in the traditional way. I like being able to manuipulate things through physical connection when it comes to art, like my love for music. I like being afraid to ink that picture that I had done weeks ago for in case I might ruin it. I like getting worked up about not having the best tools for the job, and end up using things that I rather not use and the art coming out seamlessly perfect.
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Natnatnat72|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe that art shouldn't be about what you use, but who you are. I don't mean your name, or being a famous person. I mean your creative mind. Art is about expressing yourself. I don't understand why someone would look down on an artist for wanting to express themselves in a new way. I have seen people saying digital art is cheating. That it is just pixels, not worthy of comparison to traditional. But I don't think there should be a comparison at all. It is simple. If you don't like using digital don't use it. But please stop thinking of mediums as a way to judge others art. I wish people would see them only as if they would work in their own art. 
I think I will pop in the definition of art as well
"The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power"
I know you aren't saying digital art isn't real art, but I thought I would mention that as it bothers me. 

To summarize what I have said, I believe art is about what you mentally put into it rather than physically. Thanks for reading. 

Btw I am a digital and traditional artist. I normally use digital to draw completed art that I would be happy to share, and traditional(I mainly use pencil) to practice and sometimes draw full pieces of art that I would be happy to share. One of the main reasons I draw digital is because I want to become an animator which I can do much better digitally. 
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kansuo|Professional Writer
I work with traditional media, because it is easiest to me than the stupid tablet (anyway, I try), and faster.
Too, is in the way I learned.
It was difficult to me to learn to draw with the pencil, so I can't tell you with the tablet.
And Digital Art has so many inconveniences, one of them, is to forgot to save the artwork. I die when that happens to me.
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TheLittleTomatoFairy|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the traditional media. I've tried digital several times and, yeah, it's fun to play with, but I don't like it as much. The colors are more vibrant and clean cut, too. Still...
I feel like people use digital because it's easier to work with and cover mistakes. You just have to sketch and scan; then color and refine. Traditional, though, you need to continuously strive to improve. Shading, inking, learning the tools.. It takes a lot of practice. And confidence. Which, I think, is another reason people keep with digital. You can edit out any mistake, but, with traditional, if you can't erase, you live with itt.

But you can always, always improve your traditional skills and styles. And that's probably what I love most about it. :heart:
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twelvex's avatar
i enjoy both... Sometimes when I get tired of photoshop i grab my watercolors and paint .. i might Not be really Good at it but I still love it and like to learn this Medium
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Lucis7|Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with this so much! I use both mediums, traditional and digital, and each one has their own advantages, but not even the most modern graphic tablet can give you the infinite amount of pressure levels and movement your real hand already has :)
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Rssfim|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Altough I've been trying digital art, traditional is still my favourite. Tha 5 reasons you mentioned demonstrate you really feel the magic of painting traditionally.
I personally love to handle papers and watercolour brushes. The effect they produce on rough textures is sometimes unpredictable, but at the same time surprisingly good! :D

I believe traditional painting forces me to be more confident on my decisions. As there are no layers to adjust (to a brighter, more translucent, noisy levels), no "undo" buttons and no zoom to improve details, I have to focus on the right dose of contrast, saturation and brush strokes. No corrections, no overwork...

Maybe if I were an ultrarealistic painter, I'd be a bigger fan of digital. The truth is I like those little imperfections of traditional art.

Lovely article! :)


P.S. Mind if I share my last artwork (it's a traditional, btw!! :D

Dancer 2 by Rssfim
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Halasaar01|Student Artist
I love traditional for the noise it makes when I paint or draw that little scratching gives me goose bumps every time I hear or do it where in digital I don't get it. I also love the feel of textured paper. I know this sounds a bit weird but that's the way I am and I also use my fingers to blend my pencils out I get pretty messy at the end but it how I like to do it. It should matter how you do it just as long as your enjoying yourself that's what art is about at least for me!!! Cheers!
Will
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kampfly|Student Artisan Crafter
I like traditional because digital would give me headaches, lol! Plus I watch Netflix on my computer while painting, and I feel like an extra device would be a bit much. I like having a physical product when I'm done! Right now though I'm not liking how difficult it is to get prints made :( My local kinkos can't print off of a canvas to save their business, I swear
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ITAFTRS|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traditional is the one medium for me. Though I occasionally make some digital art, I don't feel as comfortable with it as I to with traditional. I think I have to feel that I'm holding a real pencil/pen/marker and drawing something on a physical surface, paper for instance. No tablet can give you the same feeling, in my opinion. And I totally agree with you on the beauty of the mess in your house. What was supposed to be my dining table has now turned into my "art corner" and it's covered with papers, drawings, pens, books, my scanner etc. And I just love it! Not to mention that my traditional art looks way better than the digital:D
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nanodroid|Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is a endless arguing like the egg and the chicken...:)
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LimLam's avatar
LimLam|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Digital all the way.
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hinomars19|Professional General Artist
I agree with all this completely, but sadly due to time I work Digitally most of the time as an occupation-however this allows me to keep the joy of traditional methods as a hobby and thus a clean divide between art for work and art for pleasure ;)
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davhiedom|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect reason that's why I never choose digital art ^^
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TheHollster|Student General Artist
I do actually prefer traditional =]
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Kingmertel|Student Digital Artist
until you make a mistake and screw up your art work :[
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Vhestale|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahah, I really do like both !! ♥ The only thing that would make me chose traditional over digital is the fact that... Well, just today one of my friend asked me "but you're in digital, why do you draw stars one by one ?... Same for the grass, you could do it way faster with brushes !"
But the thing is, I don't want to use brushes. Cool textures, why not ?... But seriously, if I can do the stars one by one, well I just do it. Because in traditional, you just have to !! If you only use brushes and textures, then it's not a drawing anymore ! >///<

Well, that's my opinion :3
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I loved the art shop atmosphere. I used to imagine all the things I could do with the kit if only I were an artist. Sadly, I had not the patience for real fine art, and not quite enough of the necessary skill or talent, either. I want to make photography and digital editing do for me what I couldn't do for myself. My respect for real traditional art of all kings is enormous.
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kupieckorzenny|Student Digital Artist
I love traditional media, even though I work a lot digitally.
First of all, with digital art I started working more often, because it doesn't make mess and I don't have to worry about missing supplies (which are expensive) or paint drying. 
Hopefully what I learned when drawing digitally helps me improve my traditional art :)
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arbhin's avatar
As much as I like digital art, because of the clean work, it can never be anything without traditional art in any way. 
A digital masterpiece first had to had a design, made in a traditional way, before it could have been added to the screen. Even as small as a doodle, or little sketch, first created traditional, pen or pencil on paper, before the artist is clear about the displays measurements and use of technics. I love digital, but I´m a big fan of traditional.
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KorsonOraakkeli|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the inspiring journal article! I never thought of an easel as sexy object to own :D

For me, making traditional art is very relaxing as it engages your whole body in the process. I love the unexpected results of just letting your intuition guide you; the hands take over and the analytical brain steps aside :) I was trained as a sculptor and ceramist so that may explain my delight in the physical side of it.

Nevertheless, digital art also has its advantages: it never gets that messy, and it rarely poses any health hazards...
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neokasey82|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love both digital and traditional art. I enjoy digital more right now because it's the most convenient to me, and it's easier for me to add a background digitally rather than traditionally. However, that being said, I draw a lot of my characters out traditionally first and then go over them digitally. A lot of my digital stuff is traced over some of my traditional stuff. I guess my art is a bit of a combinaton of the two.
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ladybugotaku|Hobbyist Artist
i'm in love with traditional art because it takes more skill to draw something so detailed and vivid instead of using a computer. Everyone knows how to use one so it's not so impressive unless you're making 3d designs or something. Other than that you just seem like a fake artist to me. Don't get me wrong digital art is cool, but it's not as appealing to me.:-)
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Netbug009's avatar
Netbug009|Professional Writer
It's alright if digital art doesn't appeal to you, but I'd encourage you to try creating digital artwork before saying it doesn't require talent. :/
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