The battle between contemporary and more traditional approaches to art seems to last forever. And while some manage to successfully balance those two industries in their life, others tend to pick sides. One spends their leisure time in museums and physical galleries. The others grant preference to have their portion of aesthetics in the virtual world, for example, observing digital art in V-ART.DIGITAL.
But what is this whole “traditional versus virtual pieces” all about in reality? Are physical pictures about to disappear? Have they lost their charm and are simply going to be replaced? How the development of digital illustration can influence our lives and will it?
In this article, we will talk through the aforementioned issues. So, if you are interested, keep on reading!
Will digital art take the place of traditional artmaking?
There are a lot of touching points between traditional and digital art. Nevertheless, the artists of the two are still in contradictory relationships. No wonder, since there is plenty of differences as well.
It is generally sought of digital art as ‘an easy approach’, ‘fake’, and ‘hack-work’. This is true painting on computer devices may be easier and quicker at times, but it is not like that all the time. Work can take a huge amount of time. Certain skill has not been canceled as well. Digital artists still need to have a comprehension of color theory, perspective, balance, harmony, etc. On top of that, they also need to know how to apply instruments and tools from specialized applications. If we take, for example, beloved by many graphic designers Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop – the panel with tools is so vivid and complex, that it may take a while to master.
Will physical illustrations die out? Probably not. Despite the modern approach and accessibility of virtual galleries, masterpieces exhibited in them cannot be placed on the wall in your home. There exist predictions that classical museums will have to become more adaptive to innovations.
The Importance of Digital Arts Education
The most problems this battle causes for art teachers. They struggle to figure out how to implement the teaching of graphic painting and whether it should be done. Be it as might be, their learning programs cannot be considered good ones without it in 2022. According to some pieces of research, including studies of digital art apps positively influences creative abilities.
Here are some of the benefits of teaching digital art in your classroom:
1. Increased Access
Nowadays it is more common for children as well as adults to have a smartphone or computer rather than multiple paint sets, numerous brushes, and canvas. This factor increases virtual art accessibility over traditional one.
Using a digital device to create an art project has no inconveniences. Simply put your iPad or laptop in the bag and that is it. At this point, it definitely contradicts the physical art, where in order to paint outside, you need to carry various stuff with you (e.g. paint, brushes, etc.)
3. Instant Sharability
To share your artwork is very easy when it is digital. Social media posts or even virtual exhibitions are only a few clicks away.
4. Increased Productivity
It is more convenient to manage your painting when you work on an iPad. The objects can be easily changed, added, or removed. All the processes are quick, which brings a positive effect on productivity.
Both physical and digital art play important roles in our lives. If you are an artist, try to combine those two in your activity. It would be beneficial for your growth.