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5 Reasons to do it the traditional way

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:29 PM

5 Reasons to do it the traditional way

Traditional and Digital art are both completely different mediums, able to create the same product. It is possible to paint a beautiful, watercolor-like painting digitally, as well as achieve the cleanliness and color options of a digital piece traditionally. Therefore, using one or the other to express ourselves creatively is, just like many things in life, just an option. People may have personal, sometimes even illogical reasons for using one or the other and that's fine. Today, however, I'm a cheerleader for the "traditional side", and I offer you 5 reasons to do it traditionally!


Vase Painter by JeremyLeach

1. Oh the wonderful smell of art supplies > I'm not talking about the toxic smell that come painting techniques require, of course. Rather about the feeling you get when entering a huge art supply store, touching all those brand new pencils and tubes, canvases.. Personally, I could never get attached to a Photoshop brush the way it's possible with new Polychromos.

2. Easier on eyes > Painting traditionally never exhausts your eyes as much as working on a screen all the time.

3. Physical touch > Have you ever tried to apply the paint to a canvas with just your fingers? It's very exciting but a sort of therapy at the same time. You can paint spontaneously, at large and making your whole body to be part of the process.

4. Producing an original artwork > The result of painting or drawing traditionally is an original painting or drawing. It's a one of a kind object that has it's special value.

5. Your house looks great! > It does. Even a mess, consisting of various brushes, paint, papers and sketches lying around, has it's charm and can even support your creativity. Also, an art easel is a very sexy object to own.

painter by Klikkanan

Do you prefer the traditional or digital way? What are your reasons?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below ♥


Article written for Traditional Art Week at %projecteducate :heart:
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TheLittleTomatoFairy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the traditional media. I've tried digital several times and, yeah, it's fun to play with, but I don't like it as much. The colors are more vibrant and clean cut, too. Still...
I feel like people use digital because it's easier to work with and cover mistakes. You just have to sketch and scan; then color and refine. Traditional, though, you need to continuously strive to improve. Shading, inking, learning the tools.. It takes a lot of practice. And confidence. Which, I think, is another reason people keep with digital. You can edit out any mistake, but, with traditional, if you can't erase, you live with itt.

But you can always, always improve your traditional skills and styles. And that's probably what I love most about it. :heart:
twelvex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i enjoy both... Sometimes when I get tired of photoshop i grab my watercolors and paint .. i might Not be really Good at it but I still love it and like to learn this Medium
Lucis7 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
I agree with this so much! I use both mediums, traditional and digital, and each one has their own advantages, but not even the most modern graphic tablet can give you the infinite amount of pressure levels and movement your real hand already has :)
Rssfim Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Altough I've been trying digital art, traditional is still my favourite. Tha 5 reasons you mentioned demonstrate you really feel the magic of painting traditionally.
I personally love to handle papers and watercolour brushes. The effect they produce on rough textures is sometimes unpredictable, but at the same time surprisingly good! :D

I believe traditional painting forces me to be more confident on my decisions. As there are no layers to adjust (to a brighter, more translucent, noisy levels), no "undo" buttons and no zoom to improve details, I have to focus on the right dose of contrast, saturation and brush strokes. No corrections, no overwork...

Maybe if I were an ultrarealistic painter, I'd be a bigger fan of digital. The truth is I like those little imperfections of traditional art.

Lovely article! :)

P.S. Mind if I share my last artwork (it's a traditional, btw!! :D

Dancer 2 by Rssfim
ZombieWil Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love traditional for the noise it makes when I paint or draw that little scratching gives me goose bumps every time I hear or do it where in digital I don't get it. I also love the feel of textured paper. I know this sounds a bit weird but that's the way I am and I also use my fingers to blend my pencils out I get pretty messy at the end but it how I like to do it. It should matter how you do it just as long as your enjoying yourself that's what art is about at least for me!!! Cheers!
kampfly Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I like traditional because digital would give me headaches, lol! Plus I watch Netflix on my computer while painting, and I feel like an extra device would be a bit much. I like having a physical product when I'm done! Right now though I'm not liking how difficult it is to get prints made :( My local kinkos can't print off of a canvas to save their business, I swear
ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traditional is the one medium for me. Though I occasionally make some digital art, I don't feel as comfortable with it as I to with traditional. I think I have to feel that I'm holding a real pencil/pen/marker and drawing something on a physical surface, paper for instance. No tablet can give you the same feeling, in my opinion. And I totally agree with you on the beauty of the mess in your house. What was supposed to be my dining table has now turned into my "art corner" and it's covered with papers, drawings, pens, books, my scanner etc. And I just love it! Not to mention that my traditional art looks way better than the digital:D
nanodroid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is a endless arguing like the egg and the chicken...:)
LimLam Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Digital all the way.
hinomars19 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   General Artist
I agree with all this completely, but sadly due to time I work Digitally most of the time as an occupation-however this allows me to keep the joy of traditional methods as a hobby and thus a clean divide between art for work and art for pleasure ;)
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