Have you ever found yourself wandering the halls of digital Drawings & Paintings,
wondering how these people knew to post their amazing work there in the first place? We'll you're in luck, because today I get to talk to you about what is so special and unique about the life of these two wonders: Digital Drawings and Digital Paintings. And I was even lucky enough to get some community opinions. We all see things differently and art is no exception.
What is Digital Drawing?
In simple terms, drawing is a sketch, picture, illustration, representation, portrayal, delineation, depiction, composition, study, diagram, outline, design, plan, artist's impression or tracing. At least that is what google tells me. Digital drawing, however, has become so much more. With the right tools, you are able to sketch, re-sketch, illustrate, compile, and completely renovate the way drawing has evolved with the digital generation. Want to sketch using charcoal? No worries! No risk of your stick ever running out or even breaking in half, not to mention the dirty black hands you're left with afterwards! And so you need a model to stay still for hours for you to get that pose perfected with your digital charcoal stick... Perfect! Use a stock image for your reference, instead of a life model! You'll not only save money on charcoal but on paying a model and the heating bill (unless it's winter and you feel chilly).
Digital Drawing has never been easier. And these days, the tools you can use to create a beautiful sketch or drawing, even a floor plan have become revolutionary. You can use a mouse or tablet and stylus to create grand works of art or simple abstract drawings. Sounds challenging? Think again! The only thing holding you back is the limitations you give yourself!
Here are some beautiful examples of Digital Drawings by some talented artists here on DeviantArt.
What is digital drawing?Astralseed
says: "... any type of drawing that was made using digital media.
says: "... computer based art. Drawn by either a drawing tablet or a mouse, on graphic editors and painting software.
says: "Art that was made on a computer/tablet, with some sort of painting software. It has to be drawn though ... so this rules out photomanipulations...
says: "using a computer to generate line based pictures.
says: "A drawing which has been made with a computer software using mouse, touch pad or graphics tablet with pen."
says: "A drawing created using the digital medium.
says: "Raster line art with a Wacom tablet or vectors using pen tool.
"How do you feel digital drawing helps you?Astralseed
says: "... cuts down the costs of supplies drastically... work with layers that I can move or change at will also is a huge help"
says: "... brings my imagination to life, with a lot of ease and flexibility."
says: "... more freedom. Mistakes can often be unmade relatively easy so I date to go crazy. Drawing software comes with a huge range of colours, brushes, effects, etc. to work and experiment with, which makes it easier to put my ideas on 'paper'
says: "... quickly sketch and rework that sketch, which will be the foundation for more refined work.
says: "... drawing digitally has given me more confidence to use high contrast colours, go into detail and the ability to zoom in and out. They are easier to share and post, and i feel my digital drawings gain more views."
says: "I feel more confident. It opens up more opportunities for details, rendering, exploring and easy access when uploading to various sites.
says: "Makes sketching quick and allows me to easily keep my ideas organised.
"In what way does digital drawing differ from traditional drawing?Astralseed
says: "I think at the core they are the same, but the feel of drawing is a new experience if you're going digital and are used to traditional. That you are now looking at your monitor instead of your hand as you draw is definitely strange until you get used to it. Most digital techniques can be mimicked by traditional techniques as well.
says: "You have a much larger field and easier access to things such as colours and brush sizes. When i did traditional drawing, I always found myself wanting more supplies. But you have everything you need from the start with digital. Digital is also more forgiving. You can't easily fix mistakes in traditional, where as you can erase and do-over something without having to start over.
says: "It is less limiting. You can zoom in to make details, you can work with multiple layers, you can pick any colour you want, you can create the same drawing traditionally but it will probably be more difficult and more time consuming. Traditional drawings result in a single final product - digital can be reproduced without losing quality.
says: "Digital makes it very comfortable to try different things on one idea early and quickly. Zoom and scale allow me to mix lineweight and detail which may not be possible on paper without planning ahead. I easily get lost in the processes without worrying about proper design rules.
says: "Having the chance to change things during the drawing process which you can't do while drawing traditionally. And you can completely change the colors at the end if you want.
says: "You are able to alter and create a unique drawing process and have more opportunities to correct and edit your drawing.
says: "More focus on the results, because the process is faster and easier.
What is Digital Painting?
I decided to revisit Google to see what the technical meanings were. Painting is to cover the surface of something with paint, to decorate, stain, whitewash, gloss, spray, coat, cover, smear, apply with a brush, to obliterate... to describe. The great thing about Digital Painting is that it can do so much more. You can shape, invent, distort, enhance, and completely renovate a digital canvas into your personal muse, just like with Digital Drawing.
The style of painting follows slightly different rules...
While with drawing, you can smudge and create technical works, Painting is far more expressive and less organised than drawing in that it follows the rules of traditional painting mediums. The biggest pro with digital painting is the lack of mess and clean up. And with the diverse utilities with most artistic programs these days, such as with Photoshop, Gimp and Painter, you are able to easily mimic the style and production that a brush with watercolor, for instance, can create compared with its traditional counterpart.
And in the grand scheme of things, you can't justly tell a person how to digitally paint. Everyone has their own style and technique. And because the term "Paint" is so broad, there is no one way to fairly judge if someone did poorly or not. As always, art is subjective and the viewer will see what they wish to see.
Here are some beautiful examples of Digital Paintings by some talented artists here on DeviantArt.
Public Opinion...What do you feel is the difference between digital painting and traditional painting?
says: "When we look at digital paintings, they really fall right in line with digital drawings in the way we create them. It would be a much harder argument to try to say that traditional paintings and traditional drawings are essentially the same. The techniques are quite different as is the media more often than not.
says: "Digital painting is more forgiving. Traditional painting is like painting in only one layer, so if you make a mistake, you have to paint over it, rather than having the ability to erase it. Traditional paintings are seen as more valuable because they are originals, while digital paintings can be copied millions of times. None is the original.
says: "Painting digitally has fewer limitations, and can be copied easily.
says: "Digital is much faster, it doesn't have to dry or be mixed like oils. I'm not an expert as I do not use traditional media. I feel like the impression that digital work can make is limited, though. It's usually experienced on a screen, where as traditional can be viewed in its raw self.
says: "Digitally, your painting never dries. You can apply as many layers as you want, and the canvas never gets damaged. Painting traditionally feels more naturally to me, though. I like to hold a real brush in my hand.
says: "You can edit your work whenever you want wherever you are. Traditional painting comes with time restraints like drying time. Digital work is much less messier and opens up more opportunities to experiment.
says: "As a professional illustrator, painting digitally allows me to get the results my clients want quickly and efficiently.
When you observe the DeviantArt Gallery for Digital Drawings and Paintings, can you easily distinguish between the drawings and the paintings? If so, how?
says: "No, I feel that digital drawings and paintings can essentially be the same thing. It's difficult to draw a line between the two. It's a personal opinion on which it might be. Who am I to judge which is which?
says: "Yes, I think the drawings usually have a sketched look, or an outline, and are often cell shaded. While in paintings, the colours are usually blended much more smoothly.
says: " No. To be honest, i have no idea what the difference is. The difference between traditional drawing and painting to me is paintings use paints and drawing usings pencils or pens. Digital art uses neither.
says: "I feel digital techniques are that far evolved that you can never be really sure how one artist has created their work. So no. I think digital artists mix both techniques.
says: "I distinguish them by looking at the lines. If i see crisp lines around the characters, i see it as a drawing. If it has softer edges and blended colours with suggested brush strokes, I see it as a painting.
says: "You can see brush stroke or swathes of colour and the combination of various edges in digital painting. Drawings usually have defnite lines, edges and shading techniques will be obvious.
says: " I guess drawings have lines, paintings may not. These are really both terms that apply to traditional media and lines are sort of blurred with digital work.
What drew you towards enjoying the creation or observation of Digital Drawings and Paintings?
says: "I've always loved trying new things in art and digital seemed to be the cool thing to do, so I tried it and became hooked!
says: "Imaginary things brought to life like the ability for an artist to make up a face or design a room or create a landscape that doesn't exist. Everyone has pictures in their mind that no-one else can see. But artists are able to paint a real life picture of it and that's fascinating.
says: "I think the shear amount of high quality digital artwork here on DeviantArt. I like artwork with enchanting lighting... I found much more of it in the digital art gallery.
says: "My love for videogames. After i found out concept art existed, there was only one way to go!
says: "The use of colour, value, anatomy. I wanted to be able to tell stories, show my world through digital art. I've found inspiration from people on DeviantArt who design mystical creatures and scenery.
says: "Digital paintings/drawing is so much more free and has a degree of ease that allows you to experiment and create amazing works of art that is much harder to achieve for me on paper or canvas.
says: "I love all art. My background is actually in film photography, but I've found more work as a digital illustrator.
When to know you're no longer doing Digital Drawings or Paintings...
Because the digital art world is more creative and expressive, this means there are so many different ways you can express yourself. But don't fall into a mixed media trap. Did you know that if you take a stock image, or a 3D creation or even a traditional piece, and put them together with your digital drawing or painting, that you would then be creating Digital Mixed Media?
Digital Drawings and Paintings are exactly what their words mean. 100% drawn or painted by your own hand. Yes, you can use stock images for reference only, but the moment you are drawing over the top of a stock image or implementing a stock image and adjusting it to look painterly, that is when the style of your work changes. While there is nothing wrong with this technique, be aware that if you make chances to a pre-made image in this way, you are no longer digitally drawing or painting.Remember:
Stock images and other pieces of art that either you've created or have permission to use are best kept only as a reference - this means that they are never incorporated into your work, but observed separately. The digital canvas should be only touched by the colours you pick from the palette.
What do you think it means when a digital drawing/painting includes other media?
says: "Then it's a mixed media piece."ScarlettLeigh
says: "It's pretty nifty if you switch from traditional to digital, in my opinion. I don't really have an opinion about photomanipulation, or the like, though.
says: "I'm not sure if strongly painted over photo's should be considered mixed media or photomanipulation but that depends on the artwork, and the amount of altering the artists has done."Simlol
says: "I think using a computer just to paint is a bit weak, because these machines can do so much more and are not being used to their full potential with just painting/drawing."xKurrMeowx
says: "The digital drawing/painting base is for example a traditional pencil sketch skanned to the computer.
says: "I simply means other media, traditional or photography, has been integrated into the digital painting/drawing. For example, a Matte Painting."JHibbs
says: "I don't think it means anything. There are lots of ways to get the result you want. Pick what is best for you."
Do you see a difference between drawing/painting over the top of a stock image or using it as a reference?
says: "There is so much rage in the community over artists that do this and that is sad. As long as the stock provider allows this kind of use, I personally encourage people to at least try it. By traicing or painting over photos you are forced to look at the photo in more detail. That being said, of course there is a difference. Both ways utilize the stock image as a tool. But when tracing/painting over, you're using the stock image as mixed media/photomanipulation, rather than an image to reference your work on.
says: "In my opinion, tracing is a fake skill you don't really possess. I don't think it helps in any way or is good as a beginner to practice because you become dependent on it. It limits your creative freedom. But using as a reference trains your eyes to look deep into things to find what most people would miss. It's a trial and error process until your eyes are able to pick up on the little things.
says: "Yes, drawing or painting over the top is just tracing and doesn't require skills at all. Using as a reference means that you only use a picture to help you or get inspiration from, but all the work is from the artist only.
says: "Maybe for a beginner it can help you learn to look more closely, but just painting over a photo doesn't help you improve your drawing or painting skills very much."xKurrMeowx
says: "I don't consider drawing or painting over the top of a stock image to be art. You should use your own imagination, logic and ideas. Using stock as a reference is a completely different thing, which I support. To become good at drawing things from your imagination, you have to have the skills from what you see in references."
says: "Tracing requires very little skill. References are essential to creating realistic work and also used for practise."JHibbs
says: "Yes, there is a difference. If you're painting over a stock image, you may be violating copyright. Be sure to check with the original artist."
Thank you to those who participated in my Digital Drawings & Paintings Survey. Your opinions are a valuable insight.
I hope this helps you gain a certain depth of understanding, regarding Digital Drawings & Paintings and can help you make the right choices, when faced with where to place your beautiful artwork. Don't forget to credit any stock artists for references you used. Happy creating.