Does the method matter?
Is the way of creating a picture really more important than what we create?
Throughout history, art has always reflected the culture of the period in which it was created. This is manifested in many of its forms. It is constantly evolving, incorporating everything that the artist needs to reflect reality.
Our society now has the most advanced technologies, if not the same as on distant extraterrestrial civilizations, then at least it is much better than the technologies of previous generations on our earth. I thought, what if Leonardo da Vinci would have been alive now, and lived during the development of technology. Can you imagine what he could create? The ingenious inventor used modern technology and, undoubtedly, would have made Pixar afraid for his capital. Damn, he would probably own a Pixar.
I have been working as an artist for two decades, but so far I have not called myself “professional”. Even though my work is ordered and my textbooks have been published for many years. When in my youth I studied traditional drawing, my favorite tools were pencils, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics. But then I completely switched to digital.
The main reason for this transition is creating a family and moving to a small house. With digital painting tools, you don’t need a huge studio space to work with. All you need is a tablet (or mouse) and a computer.
There is no paint, water or white spirit, no easels, no long-drying paintings on canvas while you are busy with lunch, busy with household chores or spending time with your children. There is no extra mess in which you can just drown. And whenever you need to urgently leave work, you can just click “save” and now you can safely do other things without worrying that the child might accidentally drop an easel.
When I almost completely switched to digital art, I began to notice a kind of hostility towards it. And the biggest haters, as a rule, are other artists who work by traditional means. I could never understand why. Are digital artists considered posers since they don’t work with real paints or charcoal? Or do traditional artists simply feel threatened and afraid that their art form will ultimately suffer the same fate as film cameras, printed photographs?
Whatever the reason, digital art is considered less meaningful and interesting. In fact, some galleries do not want to mess with digital art. This art exists as a simple file, at least until it is printed. And how can you be sure that the picture will remain the only one in an era when the use of files is commonplace? In addition, they say that digital art is worse than traditional. For some reason, many are convinced that the use of technology makes art less art, and mainly because drawing on a computer is considered simple.
“Why is it so expensive if the computer does everything for you?”
A common misconception about digital art: “The computer does all the work.”
People often think that the artist presses a couple of buttons and the computer magically creates a masterpiece, without any effort on the part of the artist. After this line of thinking, your work should be priced much cheaper than traditional art. This is obviously: the price is underestimated since the computer did all the work, right?
For example, I recently donated money for a charity auction for a digital portrait to be printed for a gallery. I had a huge triple display (with photos, words, and everything, everything), which explains the whole process of drawing. But despite all this, people had questions about what I was doing:
“So is it not painted?”
“Not with real paint, no but it’s a painting. Just made on a computer. “But how is painting if you don’t use paint?”
“Paint is digital, colors and brushes are part of a computer program. My monitor is a tablet, so I painted right on the screen as if it were a canvas. But then how do you get it on real canvas?”
“Magic. Evil, dark magic. The computer will not draw nonsense
The basic set of skills and methods used when painting on a real canvas is really similar to those we use for digital. The type of brush and size, the amount of physical activity on the tablet itself, and even the inclination of the stylus (pen) will affect your strokes as if you are drawing on a stretched cotton canvas.
The steps in the digital painting are the same as in traditional painting: start with a sketch, decide what colors to use, outline light and shadow; continues to work on the sketch, draw all the small ones until your picture comes to “life”. This is a process that can take tens of hours, as in any other type of art. I think that the most noticeable difference between digital painting and traditional is easy error correction.
Is it a hoax?
In truth, digital art has its own tricks.
In Photoshop or similar programs, you can perform a “painter,” which allows you to draw on top of a photograph. Is this a hoax? This, I believe, depends on the perception and opinion of the viewer.
In order to achieve realism, artists can use all kinds of tricks. And artists always use the latest technology to see in which direction they should advance their work. This means being an artist. This type of digital “cheat” is available to artists of all mediums. But many are often ridiculed for their use.
Many photographers who “treat” their work using digital processing, as many believe, do it because of a lack of talent, when it comes down to the artist, you need to understand that he strives to improve the quality of his work. Why is that bad? Is it possible to simply press a couple of buttons to create images that would become food for thought? They strive to reach amazing heights because computers “helped” reduce their work.
The same goes for musicians who use digital software. The technology gave them the opportunity to add beautiful effects and use an unlimited number of individual tracks in order to provide greater scope and richness of sound. Computer programs today are the most advanced that the world has not seen before, and at the same time, musicians and artists are punished for their use. When there is technology, why not use it?
And writers have long relied on dictionaries and thesauri. For example, I have a small application that I open when I cannot find the perfect word that would be suitable for every occasion. I use this “crutch” because my little-educated little brain just didn’t get enough knowledge to remember all the intellectual terms that he had ever known? Or is it just a tool that helps me cheat in my work, exactly that self-assembled tablecloth that covers an empty table?
It doesn’t matter what tools, but it’s important which artist
As an artist, creator, you should use materials that do not raise questions from the viewer for drawing. In the end, no one blames writers for “tricking” when they use literacy testing programs.
In conclusion, I want to say that it is up to you what you invest in your work to make it a real work of art. Why should knowledge of the drawing method make a drawing less beautiful or inspiring?