Since then, I've been focusing a lot more on drawing traditionally and I think I've made a lot of progress since last summer. It's not that I considered digital as an inferior medium to traditional, but I made the mistake of believing my true artistic skill was reflected in how well I could draw on paper. (Since I was looking at a bunch of amazing traditional artists on Instagram) The truth is that digital and traditional are two completely different skill sets. Some people are amazing at drawing on paper but their digital coloring skills aren't up to par, and vice versa.
My personal opinion is that you should do a lot of both traditional and digital art (if you are able to) because the skills you learn in one medium will transfer over to the other medium in an interesting way. Drawing traditionally has made me more conscious of each line stroke and has trained me to better make artistic decisions I won't regret. Drawing digitally has made me better at picking out colors when I do traditional paintings, and I try to imitate digital techniques on the paper/canvas but it comes out in its own unique way. It's fun to make mockups on the computer that I later transfer to a canvas or paper. It's like the paper and screen are having a conversation with each other.
A few months ago I wrote a long research paper for one of my art history courses on how digital art is a worthy equal to the traditional mediums. I still think about it all the time and what I could have added to the essay. It's just always on my mind. I just think it's great to be well-rounded in both mediums, because it opens up a lot of new possibilities.
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on the matter!
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These past years I didn't have access to digital art programs and been focusing on things like colored pencil art. I'm worried though that traditional art will become less and less desirable (certainly seems that way on DA sometimes) and wonder if I should be getting back into digital too. I'm curious about pursuing pixel art like I used to anyways. (Icons, character scenes, landscapes etc)
Pixel art sounds like fun! Especially since you mentioned experimenting with perler beads. I have so much respect for pixel artists considering how much patience and attention to detail it requires. Truly an art form suited for the digital age!
Therefore, I've been thinking of trying coloring traditionally as well, as I still believe it is a fundamental thing to improve my coloring skills.
Having experiences on both media is just going to help you way lot more than being skillful in either one. One can discover a more diverse way of painting when they have the skills on both, producing something extraordinary.
Traditional painting, is hard to correct mistakes. In a way, it can help reduce your mistakes when drawing digitally, that's what I think.
Yeah, my main problem isn't drawing on paper but coloring on paper.
I've no preferences personally. I've found that both media types are great and unforgiving in their own way. The permanence of it was what really daunted me from starting traditional pieces at first. To achieve a certain result requires a solid understanding of one's tools and how say paper, water and paint respond to one another. You have to be mindful of every stroke, line and splotch, because it will colour the final result indefinitely. It's also what tends to give your pieces instant character, but it doesn't give you anything to hide behind either. If you suck, your piece will suck. Then there's the infinite malleability of digital artworks. Nothing is final and you can endlessly add, subtract, refine and rework to your hearts content. It can be comforting if you can trust yourself to know when things 'look bad'. I'd say it's arguably easier to create a pretty illustration with digital art than traditional art. However, it requires always having to consciously decide when and how a piece should and will be finished. For me, it can often be frustrating how stiffling that freedom can be.
But ultimately the skills that truly matter in art are unrelated to the medium that you choose to express your creativity with. Sometimes I receive the best feedback from people who couldn't draw a tea pot if their life depended on it. They might not have an active understanding of how to visualize what's in their mind's eye, or how mix paint to put on a canvas, take a picture of a city skyline at night with a DLSR or mold clay. But they do understand or at least unconsciously recognize form, light, composition and colour. Learning the tools of the trade and all the specific advantages or disavantages of other art mediums is incredibly important, but in my opinion comes second to the foundational knowledge of how to look at the world and understand how it interacts with itself as well as how it affects us. Practicing a particular medium of your choice is just one of many ways to further that understanding. Be aware of the pros and cons of any medium you try and there's no 'right' or 'wrong' one to be practicing is what I feel
the biggest issue i've run into is using scissors they're just awful xD
my teachers would always ask why i didn't cut out something or why it's taking so long and usually i'd have to ask a friend to cut things out for me
IMHO, in simple terms:
First, technically speaking, I think, traditional drawing (process!) is somewhat superior to digital one. Please don't get me wrong - I really don't underestimate digital creation hard work, but in digital world you can use for example many clever labor-saving automated program modules (etc.), then, without electricity you cannot do anything.... While if you draw "traditionally" all you have are your hands (with particular drawing tools)... plus you can create wherever, far from civilization.
Second, from the point of view of the inspiration and creative imagination, I am sure that both ways are totally equal.
I'm sorry ... I'm not good at explaining the things...
Well, I also agree that ideally (if possible) it's the best to practice both.
I feel like digital art has a lot of stigmas and misconceptions surrounding it, mostly by people who are not artists. I've been asked a few times if I trace or use some sort of template when drawing and others have blatantly said that digital art is "cheating". The art doesn't make itself, just because you use a digital medium. It takes just as much time and skill as any other form of art, and has its own learning curve. I find editing and erasing/fine tuning much MUCH more enjoyable in digital.
I think it's nice to mess around with any medium, but it's fine to prefer and mostly use whatever you like best. Art is a very personal thing and there's no "right" way to do something.