Is Digital Art “Real” Art?
When you look at beautiful digital art and compare it with the things you draw with a pencil, you can feel astonished and belittled. If only you could afford a graphics tablet, you could be just as good! And if you already have a tablet, your thought is, “If only I could afford Photoshop! So many amazing things can be done with this software.” And if you’ve got both a decent tablet and good software, you’re dreaming about the godlike Wacom Cintiq—the bigger, the better. But, until then, you’re stuck. You can’t be any better. And it’s not your fault, it’s all about money!
This is probably why there’s a misconception that digital art isn’t real art. After all, a real artist needs to learn all these hard things, master pencils, brushes, color mixing, different kinds of pigment, and they can’t just undo a mistake! And when they finish, their art is one of a kind, it exists physically, it’s not just an array of digits that you can copy infinitely. At the same time, a digital “artist” buys some expensive equipment and that’s all—they can now produce outstanding art. That’s cheating, isn’t it?
If that’s your point of view, keep on reading. If you’ve never tried digital art, you’ll learn what it’s about. If you have, but you’re poor at it, I’ll tell you why. In both cases I’ll clarify the misconceptions that may have been bothering you for a long time.
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