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    Hello, everyone. while one can create more exciting and attractive art digitally than traditionally, I'm still reluctant to try it (and not least because I have no idea how). I think that there is something to be said for art where the artist is more responsible than his or her computer for how it turns out. Do you think that traditional art is inherently inferior to digital art, or is there still something to be said for it?

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    My first suggestion would be to use the search function and check for "traditional vs digital" and variations of it. This topic has been discussed at least ten or more times, usually every time someone new shows up and posts a thread like this...

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    Wow. Shows how much I know.

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    Both traditional and digital will present their own set of difficulties. You will find people who reject painting digitally because it looks too "plastic" or say that the computer does the work for you, but really, it is just another medium and it takes practice to make it look the way you want it. Painting digitally is not necessarily easier, because you still must learn the concepts of regular drawing/painting (mastery of shape, lighting and color, for starters). If an aspiring artist doesn't know the basics of any art form, he/she will have a hard time achieving their goals in any medium.

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    Neither is inferior or superior to the other - I certainly have preferences, but those are personal and have nothing to do with any medium being better than the other.

    Here on CA you will find high end illustrators who dabble in both ends of the spectrum of traditional to digital - I imagine if one was specifically better than the other, there wouldn't be as much variety around here. And most of those illustrators who use both mediums use the same methods regardless of canvas or program - changing very little about their approach and finished image. The difference in the end is a tangible handheld original, or 1's and 0's. Which doesn't seem like much when you're trying to make a living I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.S. Wolcott View Post
    ... one can create more exciting and attractive art digitally than traditionally...
    Really?
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    ...there is something to be said for art where the artist is more responsible than his or her computer for how it turns out.
    Really?
    Quote Originally Posted by W.S. Wolcott View Post
    Do you think that traditional art is inherently inferior to digital art, or is there still something to be said for it?

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    Go mow the lawn, Dad. I gave up on some topics a few years back in the hope of making it past this next New Year stress-free...

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    I'm being mocked, aren't I?

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    No, educated.


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    Yup. Don't take it personally. We do it to everybody...

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    Glad we cleared that up without any undo confusion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae View Post
    Yup. Don't take it personally. We do it to everybody...
    They do, true story.



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    while one can create more exciting and attractive art digitally than traditionally, I'm still reluctant to try it
    hmm - well, aside from the fact that you've just written off the entire history of visual art prior to the last 15 years or so - what did you use for this, then ?...

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=133691

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcorc View Post
    hmm - well, aside from the fact that you've just written off the entire history of visual art prior to the last 15 years or so - what did you use for this, then ?...

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=133691
    By digital, I meant done completely on the computer. I penciled and inked that before I scanned and photoshopped it.

    On second thought, I might not know what the hell I'm talking about. It happens.

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    "...I might not know what the hell I'm talking about."

    Kewl... I think you're gonna fit right in here...

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    Digital you don't have a mess to clean up.

    Personally, I am against the digital world. Ironic, seeing how I am on the web and all... hum. But seriously It is far more difficult to copy and paste with traditional mediums.

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    No it ain't.


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    I have tracing paper..?

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    "On second thought, I might not know what the hell I'm talking about. It happens."

    Thats more like it I was gonna back out of this thread after reading your first post.. but your obviously intelligent enough not to think you know everything.. which says a lot for a person these days Well just to start off.. digital art being more exciting and attractive than traditional is complete nonsense.. If somebody put that idea into your head.. theyre terribly wrong and should probably be shot. If its your opinion.. I strongly recommend that you do some searching for traditional art. About relying on the computer to create art.. also not true in MOST cases. Many artists use photoshop or painter simply as another medium, without fussing with all the filters and stuff. It doesnt take any less artistic skill to paint digitally than it does traditionally. To answer your question...... absolutely NO. My advice for you is to do a little searching.. check out all types of art.. traditional and digital. If you really search hard and still honestly think that digital art is more "exciting" and "attractive" than traditional.. well then I really cant help you. I love digital art as much as the next guy.. but traditional mediums are in no way inferior. Good luck

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    This thread is on track to set some sort of record for false assumptions...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    This thread is on track to set some sort of record for false assumptions...
    .. did I say something wrong?

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    No worries, you're good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    No worries, you're good.

    Ok.. I dont wanna be adding to the insanity.

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    Oh, I see. You can take a picture of you traditional art and print it off a computer. And trace paper. yes, I will take my 24x30 oil painting and trace it to do it again. Yet if I paint my picture on the pc all I have to do is hit one or two keys and I can mass produce it. Well, maybe if I got into the "PC Painting" I could create better works. As in, I like to take a piece I have done and rework it. If I had it on the computer I could actually save the original and make new of the old. Now I am so messed up I don't know what to think anymore. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I think I got a headache by coming back to read these..... that was stupid.

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    Side note: A part of me wants to jump on the bandwagon and say "but how do I get the lensflare onto my canvas?!" but I get the feeling Elwell would make my life miserable :p

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    I'm sorry, I just want to rewind a little.

    while one can create more exciting and attractive art digitally than traditionally
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    now children...play nice
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    it's not the tool's fault when the art sucks.....

    or when it is wonderful.

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    There is obliviously a market for both forms of art or we would not be discussing this argument now. To say one form is better than the other would be only opinion. People who say that digital art has little to no merit in the art world should take into account that digital art is attracting new artist who would never normally get into art. Take myself for example, I would never have worked so hard studying anatomy if it weren't for my first photoshop lesson in college and then deciding I wanted to be a concept artist. true you can mass produce the work easier but this in itself produces problems like plagiarism. saying the computer does most if not all the work is simply not true and the proof is if it did then 1 digital artist would not be so revered in current markets (including video games and movie industry) and 2 everyone would produce masses of amazing art. O and finally to get lens flares onto canvas you need to hot key it into your brush

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