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Thaddeus Komorowski
Graphic Design Teacher

Digital vs Traditional Art

In today's world of digital considered a lesser art form by many compared to traditional art. What are some activities, projects, discussions that you have had in education that touch on this issue?

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Carly Manhart

Posted on 3/30/19 7:56:21 AM Permalink

It's just another method. That's what I tell students. Art's "superiority" is so subjective. Anyone can draw, anyone can paint, anyone can make digital art... but some people are significantly better with some mediums than others and are significantly better than other people. Simply inviting digital "noobs" to watch you do your thing can open their eyes. It's just a matter of the tool. A pencil does two things, draws and erases (sometimes). Illustrator does MILLIONS of things. It's easy to learn how to use a pencil, not easy to learn to draw. It is NOT easy to learn Illustrator. In digital art's case, you spend days, months, even years learning the TOOL (software) and THEN you have to learn how to make the art. I think that in itself makes digital art something to be acknowledged.

One of the first things I do to tackle this idea (at least with students who are used to traditional art and are intimidated by digital) is teach them to paint in Photoshop. The paint workspace is a great place for them to start getting familiar with Photoshop's interface, while also kind of giving them some painting concepts that they may be used to. The kids LOVE it. It sort of eases them into digital art. Project Gemini will also be an excellent way to do this. ​