By: Viviana Bravo
Art is the expression of human creativity; it is appreciated by many whether it’s in paintings or drawings, yet people tend to undervalue digital art. Instead of seeing digital art as another type of art form, people view digital art as incomparable to traditional art.
Traditional art is art that is not created digitally. Usually it is passed down from generation to generation and uses media such as pencils, pens, or colored pencils. It can also be in different forms such as dance, music, pottery, etc.
Digital art, on the other hand, has three common forms including digital painting, photography/blackrooms, and fractal art. Some people don’t realize that digital art is everywhere from cartoons playing on the T.V. to digital photos in the newspaper.
People fail to appreciate digital art, viewing it as an easier way out. While traditional art utilizes different kinds of media ranging from markers, colored pencils, and charcoal, digital art replicates these media onto a digital platform, making these tools more accessible to artists. Mistakes that are harder to remove on a physical surface can be erased with one touch of a button.
However, digital platforms do contain stamps that can replicate items without needing to sketch it. While there are stamps out there, that doesn’t mean every artist utilizes them. Both digital art and traditional art require practice and learning. According to Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, it takes 20 hours for a person to learn the basics of any skill.
Digital art requires the same foundation as traditional art. The foundation of traditional art includes the elements of art, which are tools that the artist uses to create a composition such as value, color, texture, shape, form, and space. The elements of art also include the principles of art, which is how an artist organizes elements in their work using balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern, movement, variety, and emphasis.
The only difference between the art forms is that digital art utilizes a digital platform and digital tools to replicate physical tools. Digital art still follows the elements and principles of art, because without this foundation the artwork becomes flat and doesn’t reach its full potential.
The convenience of digital art makes it accessible to share in different social media platforms and makes it easier for people to transport. Even teachers want to learn how to teach digital art,as shown by a 2019 State of Art Survey Education Survey that found that 52.2% of teachers want to learn how to teach digital art.
While not everyone appreciates digital art as another form of art, that doesn’t mean the desire to learn isn’t there. And as technology continues to be part of the modern world, so does digital art.