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Digital vs Traditional

Fri Jan 9, 2009, 6:39 PM
This is not a debate but and observation.

As I've been looking at some artwork lately, I've found myself being drawn to traditional art more and more lately. There is just something about it that is very appealing to me right now. Then I started to think, I actually haven't sat down and drawn anything really in... well I can't even remember. Sure I doodle here and there, but no actual thought out illustrations.

Then I realized that one of the reasons I went digital was because it was easier. But now I really miss drawing. But fear that I might not know what I'm doing any more.  

Has anyone else found themselves in this situation. Has going digital effected your ability to use traditional mediums. After all there is no undo or color picker when it comes to traditional. You are stuck with what you do.

If you started off traditional then went to digital, do you ever feel the need to go back. Why did you make the switch in the first place.

I'm not one to make New Years Goals. But I think this is one that I will make. I want to do more traditional work this year. Whether it's through drawing or painting or something.

I just really miss the time I would get completely lost in my work. It's usually not like that with digital for me. So I think I'm going to go and get a new drawing pad tomorrow.

Anyone else thoughts on this subject.

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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like to play with both. Because of lacking a set up for traditional I leaned more to digital, it's clean and you don't need to prepare much. Now I do have a set up for my traditional art, but I am caught in a couple of projects so I have had no time to go back to watercolors. I really would like to learn more about watercolor, I like them but they can be frustrating, and I'd like to master them.
I would say to do both ;) the learned skills in one can help you with the other, eh?
quickreaver Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Digital has a LOT of's neat and clean, easy to store, and so editable! It also prints out beautifully. lacks tangibility. I still love to see a painting, in front of my face, or the elegant, lush warmth of graphite. I think you'll be surprised how much you learn from working in both media! One adds nuance to the other. Do 'em both! Rock the creativity...
The-Kenshin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
I used to have he same kind of problem:
I have a really advanced education with film photography, and i came to digital for economic reasons.
This is really not the same way to work, and the lab miss me so much.
But i took pleasure a lot with my digital camera too, and i can see that they are two different kind of pleasure.
So i need to keep digital for my job, cause it's what the customers want, but this year, i'll get back to film for myself, just because, i love it so much and i'm totally in my element.
Anyway, we doing art, we don't have to care about the medium, but just do it, and work work work!
When someone asking me about buying a camera, i always suggest to go to film first for a year, and then go to digital. Traditionnal medias don't support mistakes, it help a lot even if it can be harder.
So if you think you have to go back to traditional, just do it, and have fun, it's never losing time ;)
NiAlexanderArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno hun. Although I still prefer to do digital I have to do quite a bit of traditional media stuff for university.
I don't think you'll have difficulty picking it back up. You still accumulate drawing skills while CGing and those skills will definitely translate into the traditional media too.
just make sure you have a good pencil and a good eraser. even if there is no undo you can cover up your mistakes by drawing or painting over.

And I guess i am still in that phase where I get lost in my CGing - I totally love it still. I hope you find your love in art again too.
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