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: digital art vs brush and paint


deric
03-08-2015, 01:29 PM
I want to get back into drawing now that I'm retired and I see all these computer drawing programs. It makes me think that's how it's mostly done nowdays. Or do most artists still at least start with traditional tools like paper and pen etc? What about cartoon drawing?

TerryCurley
03-08-2015, 02:02 PM
First I want to Welcome you to Artist Forum.

I don't know how most people get back into drawing, but I believe if you do what you love most you will have the most success. Whether it be digital or pencil or paint and brush. There are Artists on this forum doing each or all of those and more.

I'm also retired and finally have time to indulge in a hobby. I picked painting. I love it and do it every day now. It's thrilling to see myself improving with practice. Folks on this forum have helped me a lot with helpful suggestions.

I hope you enjoy the forum and I look forward to seeing your work.

Terry

cjm1972
03-08-2015, 02:03 PM
Hi deric, welcome to the forum.

Must admit, I know very little about digital art, but do marvel at what can be done.
My vote would be for the more traditional tools, you can't beat the sound of a sharpened pencil on paper or indeed the smell that hits you when you enter any art studio.
Hugely bias opinion, and not sure I'm of much help, but I do hope you get back into drawing, whichever method you decide. :)

Carl.

chanda95
03-09-2015, 12:01 PM
Welcome! I am traditional. I have no patience for creating digital art. I enjoy the process of sitting down with my pencil and paper and creating something tangible. There is a difference in the "feel" of a digital drawing vs. a graphite drawing. Not saying I don't enjoy a good piece of digital art and it does take a great deal of talent to create some of those pieces for sure..it's just not my cup of tea for the actual creation of it myself..

Liz
03-09-2015, 08:09 PM
I do digital art as well as with real paint and brushes. Digital art will never replace the real deal but it is replacing hand drawn art in commercial illustration such as graphic arts and design.

Grumpy Old Man
04-17-2015, 07:35 AM
2 cents:

Penny - A ream of 20 # copy paper and a few #2 pencils cost less than the cheapest piece of drawing software.

Penny - My computer could never give me the same thrill as kissing a beautiful woman, so why would I think it can replace the feel of brush or pencil being drawn over a piece of buttery smooth paper or a roughly gessoed canvas?

All out of change.

Bushcraftonfire
04-23-2015, 06:00 PM
2 cents:

Penny - A ream of 20 # copy paper and a few #2 pencils cost less than the cheapest piece of drawing software.

Penny - My computer could never give me the same thrill as kissing a beautiful woman, so why would I think it can replace the feel of brush or pencil being drawn over a piece of buttery smooth paper or a roughly gessoed canvas?

All out of change.

I have to disagree on both accounts since I do traditional and Digital Art.

First off.. any real artist doing quality work that can be archived would never solely use #20 copy paper.. nor a battery of #2 pencils (although both have their place). You can certaily practice with these for technique..

2ndly ... Being a traditional artist.. (and most here will understand what I am saying when I say this) I have spent hundreds of dollars (probably more) on quality paper, pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal, watercolors (and watercolor paper), brushes, colored pencils, rulers, compasses, electric eraser, gum erasers, kneaded erasers, fixitive, cases for everything, etc etc etc). There are quality digital programs (such as GIMP) which costs nothing.. zip.. zilch.. nada! Have I paid anything for any digital programs? Yup! I have probably 10 different ones (computer and tablet).. and all together they didn't cost me near as much as my art supplies (even including the cost of my tablet!)

3rdly.. I don't kiss my computer either.. but I draw on paper when I'm doing my digital work :p. Yup.. really.. I have a piece of paper (actually cardstock) on my tablet and a graphic pen that you use with the tablet. It actually "feels" almost identical to drawing with a graphite pencil.

Besides that.. not only can I do the same things with my digital programs (such as lay in and blend colors in watercolors) but I have the options to do many other things as well..things I could never do with paper (one thing that comes to mind is I can't tear my paper or spill coffee on it when I have 30+ hours into a picture (Carl can relate) LOL!

I am not pushing digital in any way. I still love sitting down with my sketchbook and some graphite. But I think somehow people think going digital (or using it) is somehow "cheating" when doing art.. This is not so. If you doubt me.. use your phone with a free app (there are hundreds) and try drawing on it.. Not only is it not cheating (although you can cheat if you want to ..there are programs to do anything) but in many ways digital has many challenges that traditional work doesn't have.

So there's my $.03 to counter Gumpy's $.02 ... All together that makes $.05.. LOL!

D:cool:

TerryCurley
04-23-2015, 07:04 PM
I don't know how many times I thought while painting I wish I could go back to where I was an hour ago and start over because I did something stupid on my canvas. You know like an 'undo'. That has got to be an advantage to using digital programs.

As for expensive -- try oil painting -- I could never have afforded this hobby years ago, I'm feeling blessed that I can now and I decided I'm worth it in my old age.

Bushcraftonfire
04-23-2015, 07:07 PM
Yes Terry.. You are definitely worth it..

And yes.. Oil is very expensive.. especially if you start going with larger canvases!

D:cool:

PS - Could one of you SuperMods change the Title of this entire thread.. "Bursh" is really bothering me.. (Not picking on Deric.. I'm just anal about certain things) LOL!

TerryCurley
04-23-2015, 07:16 PM
LOL at first I couldn't figure out what you were talking about, I always read it as "brush" not "bursh" --

Actually I don't know how to change the title on a thread. I could make a new thread with the same name and copy all the posts but that seems like a bother actually. Chanda if you know how to do it go for it.


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