So I wonder lately about my art. I love traditional work. I love doing it. I love watercolors, using markers, my colored pencils… but I’m finding that I’ve been drawing digitally almost exclusively. I don’t know how this reflects on me as an artist and how I’ll be viewed.
I’ve heard people looking down on artists who draw digitally and even though I expect to work traditionally still, I don’t see myself going back to sketchbooks the way I used to.
I love my tablet PC. I use it as my notebooks, sketchbooks… it’s just so versatile. You see, I’m a perfectionist, really. If I don’t like the way my handwriting looks, I have to re-do the entire page. If I draw a sketch and something looks off, I have to use a brand new page. I don’t have this problem with my tablet. If I like the way I draw, say, an eye, but the proportions on the face are wrong, all I would have to o is select and move it where it belongs, where I would previously erase over and over and eventually give up and turn the page. Honestly it’s a much more green method to drawing. I waste less paper and I feel like my art is much better, to be honest. I can also reserve my good paper for my paintings by using print outs and my art projector…it’s all good, if you ask me.
So why do “real artists” gripe so much about people doing digital art not doing it “correctly”. Work is still done, isn’t it? A piece is still drawn, and a statement is still made. So what’s the deal?
What are your opinions of this change in art in a fast-growing digital age? Are artists who draw exclusively digital not real artists?