Now as you know I am a convert to digital painting but I like to keep that traditional style. (well I think I do anyway) My main reason for going digital is because of the MAMMOTH mess I make whilst painting – seriously there was a time when all of my clothes had blue paint on them. Another reason is that I love drawing and digital painting is just like drawing but with colour and the ‘wet effect’ of paint. I have a Wacom Intous 5 pen and touch graphics tablet and also a massive box of pencils and paints…they decided to have a face off this morning, I couldn’t decide which to use so I decided to write a blog instead!
Some people say digital painting is a lot easier and that it’s cheating (blah blah blah) and not as ‘proper’ (for lack of a better word) as traditional work, obviously those people have never tried it. Digital painting can be a lot like the practise of oil painting – as in the process of under painting, over painting and detail addition – so many layers are involved, yes you don’t have to wait for it to dry but it’s layer after layer of hard work. In this world where we expect things to happen instantly it’s quite useful!..although you do have to have lots of breaks or your hand becomes claw like…mine does anyway.
One problem it does pose though is that there is no physical original, so what I like to do is print on really lovely, fine art or watercolour paper. You also have the choice of printing onto canvas but that can be very expensive depending on where you go. I also love to mix the digital with the traditional either by drawing it out first with a pencil or working into it after, especially with my fairy pieces.
Drawing is something I am passionate about, I love how different a pencil (or whatever medium you’re using) can be when using various techniques. I definitely don’t agree with the folks who say that drawing and painting is outdated, no skill that can produce something so beautiful is outdated. So I say, keep drawing! Keep painting! Or whatever it is that you like to do. Try every medium out there, try ones that have never been used before…it’s fun! Some will work for you and some certainly won’t, mastering the technique is always fulfilling though.
In my opinion you don’t need to pick between digital or traditional. You don’t need to say whether one is real art (whatever that means!) I think they work exceptionally well together.
But after all of this I still haven’t decided whether I should continue a digital painting or draw something fresh…I’m hopeless!