From traditional art to digital art.

I have drawn/painted over 500 pieces of traditional art in most genre’s in all sorts of mediums.  I am a bit obsessive in experiencing everything art has to offer, so it was not much of a surprise that I would try digital art, after all, we are living in the age of technology. The roses in the featured image at the top, were drawn with a digital pen.  I colored the roses using a digital paintbrush, but one with which I could create my own textures. I enjoyed this work as it was almost like doing it on canvas. In future this is the kind of art I aim to do – a traditional type of art where I have control of the line and brush. 

So far I have only done five digital drawings/paintings, which I have featured here.  Each one was a different experience which I enjoyed very much. It is not an easy art form to learn, and I am still struggling to get it right, but I intend to master it one day.

There is a school of thought that digital art is not real art.  I cannot pass comment on this as I don’t know if this is true or not, however, I think the traditional artist would approach digital art in the same way that they would normally paint or draw.  I personally do not use photographs in my digital art. This is called ‘photo bashing’, and I suspect this gives digital art a bad name, however, I am sure it takes skill to ‘work’ a photograph.  All my drawings/paintings come straight from my brain and my hand, and I intend to keep it this way.

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Lilac. I tried out some of the textures on offer on the dress and background.
Disconnected. This is a drawing with a bit of added colour. 
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Christian Symbolism. I actually completed this, and then deleted the final work by accident! I managed save the work from a very poor layer I had left, but had to redraw and rework the colour. It has a painterly, artsy feel, which I like.  What I enjoy with digital art is the luminescence you can create (see the oil lamp and crown), which is not possible with traditional art.
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Here I tried a bubble texture for the flowers.  There was no challenge here. All I drew were the plant stems and added textures.  Not really my kind of art. I was just playing around, and will possibly never create another piece of art like it. 

The advantages of digital art: –

  • you can take an iPad anywhere, and you do not need to carry a lot of art materials with you
  • there is a wide range of new and exciting colors and brushes/pencils etc., to experiment with
  • if you are looking for something new to fuel the imagination, digital art will do that
  • look upon digital art as a new medium
  • if you are planning traditional art, you could do your prep work digitally, i.e., drawing, balance, colour, elements etc. This can be used as a guideline for your  traditional art piece.
  • practicing drawing digitally is great as you do not require paper, and deletion and restart is quick and easy

I do admire all those digital artists out there.  They create some incredible genuine art.  I only speak from a very small point of view, but hopefully in the future I can learn enough to create something as beautiful as they do. 

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3 thoughts on “From traditional art to digital art.

  1. It’s art but maybe “easier” art with digital textures? I like all of your experiments (except the last). The one of Christian symbols is my personal favorite.

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