Do you absolutely suck at drawing and even your stick figures are lopsided? You should try out digital art! I am a professional lopsided stick figure maker, who makes amazing (yes, I’m complimenting my own work) digital art. Art isn’t for everyone, but digital art is definitely worth a try. You can learn and apply basic (and complex) concepts, such as drawing from the horizon line and producing something good (or decent, I’m not going to lie to you). You may even discover a new passion for digital art or just art in general. I have generated a list that should intrigue you within the digital art world.
- Digital art leaves more room for mistakes
The thing with art is that it has many different mediums and forms of it. As an artist, or as someone who is at least interested in art, you may want to try out new things. It is common practice to choose a certain style, pose, and or color theme for a piece of artwork. Which also runs into the problem of change. Using traditional art, you’ll find that it is extremely difficult to make dramatic changes. With digital art, you can make any changes you want; ranging from drastic to simple modifications. For example, the undo button allows you to immediately go back and undo the change you probably didn’t like, though let’s say you changed your mind then the redo allows you to put back the alteration. Or maybe you hated a color choice you made, simply “lock” the layer down, choose your ideal color, and color over it (until you find that perfect color).
- It’s easier to learn art concepts
When it comes to art, there are tons and tons of concepts you have to grasp and apply; a popular example is color theory. Color theory is the science behind using certain colors, and why they are perceived differently by the human eye. This practically means that colors have to be organized in a way that makes them more aesthetically pleasing. Testing this concept is a smoother transition when done digitally because it allows for trial and error. It is also a quicker, more efficient way to access multiple colors at once and see whether or not they mix; which is a COMPLETE pain with traditional art. In real life colors mix, things get messy, and (shockingly) you also can’t just “go back” or “undo” a color choice; so now you just have to sit there and think about your poor
life art choices.
Here are some videos that teach digital art strategies;
- Digital art shortcuts – LavenderTowne
- Digital painting – Sinix Design
- Mistakes to stop making – Alicja Nai
- If you have commitment issues, then no problem!
We all know someone who has commitment issues, which if you like art is probably you; but we aren’t here to judge. This is where digital art comes into play, it eliminates the commitment element of art. For example, you don’t have to stick to one color palette. So what if you originally made that part purple and blue? You now think pink and orange are far more suitable, and those are the colors you decided to use. You don’t have to redo it or start all over, you can simply just select another color.
- Digital art has more accessible, affordable art tools
Art isn’t a cheap hobby, especially when you want high-quality work (we all like to show off our work, don’t lie). Due to this, using satisfactory materials just doesn’t suffice (I mean it does for some, but we’re too bougie for that). Digital art has various drawing platforms that allow you access to plentiful (art) tools. Though there are free platforms, better access normally comes with a fee; a fairly low and reasonable one. If you take the price of a digital art platform, and then compare the amount of (art) tools you will receive from digital art compared to traditional; it will make your pockets cry. So it’s safe to say that financially, digital art is the better option.
Useful digital art mediums;
- IbisPaint X
- Sketchbook (the app)
- It is very convenient
Creating art is something you do sporadically and in an artistic moment. Though you can get on a train or bus and just randomly pull out some paint, markers, and paper; it isn’t the most practical choice. Wouldn’t it be much easier to have a digital device and just start drawing? You can draw any and everywhere digitally, there are no limits. No crowded areas, bad weather, or anything that can contain your creativity. Again, something not so preferable with traditional art. You can’t just whip out a canvas and art supplies in the middle of a crowded train and become Picasso. Even if you could, it would be the most inconvenient and agitating thing ever; best to save yourself the stress.
I was bored on a packed train and felt like drawing, and this was the result
Overall I really like digital art and think these are some general, but great benefits of it. Hopefully, this article has gotten you to consider trying out digital art or at least given you a new perspective toward it.