Digital vs Traditional

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Is digital art easier to learn than traditional drawing and painting?

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  • Colleen Scanlon
    Colleen Scanlon
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    In some ways, digital art is easier. Digital art is much more forgiving on your mistakes. You can easily "undo" as many times as you wish. You can enlarge any part of the image and render tiny details, you can import textures and apply them rather than render them. You can also adjust lighting until you get the desired effect and even autotrace. You can also work in layers. For example, you can create different layers for different elements in the picture. This allows you to easily change these elements without affecting the entire picture.

    However, I try to work in a way that I don’t use these functions very much. 

    Whether traditional or digital, it all comes down to the person’s skills. When I draw something on a tablet or real paper, the only real difference is the tool I’m using. It’s either a graphite pencil or a digital pencil. I still have to know how to draw.


    But learn both, they're both fun to learn!

    Wendy Kurre
    Wendy Kurre
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    It may be easier to learn digital art without learning traditional art. 

    I think of it like this. Painting and understanding colors vs. digital art, is much like learning arithmetic vs. using a calculator.

    Digital art is much easier but if you learn traditional art it can help you become a better digital artist.


    With real pain, you flex your ability to sort the colors and how they mix; you get an appreciation and understanding of a color that might be missed by going digital. In digital you can download palettes and use a color picker, and never really have to understand how you got that color.


    Using real paints allows you to catalogue and understand what you are doing with the paints, and how to get your palette consistently. Things like intensity, saturation, luminosity are much easier to understand when mixing real paints. In digital they already exist in those states. There is no learning process. What is there to understand about simply picking a color that's already laid out for you?

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