I’ve been really getting into drawing on my tablet recently. It’s great fun and a good way to be productive away from the confines of an office, studio or sitting behind a computer. I get creative sitting out in the garden or while I’m hanging ten with a cup of tea.
But is it cheating?
The Artist Debates
A lot of people in the artistic community feel that digital painting/drawing is basically cheating.
Well, yes and no.
I don’t think anything can replace the energy, vibrancy and feel of original art painted with real, genuine paint! But I do, as an acrylic and mixed media artist, feel a certain freedom on the tablet.
For one, there’s no mess. No mixing of paint or scrambling to find that sharpener for your blunt 3B pencil. I absolutely love that perk! But I also like the zoom and extensive texture features. You can experiment and really take details to new dizzying heights.
In saying that, I will never stop physically painting. I sometimes like the grotty side of it and getting to smeer paint onto canvas with my bare hands and play with metals and different materials.
However, digital painting is a great tool and can get you to explore and discover new techniques and avenues without expense or time constraints.
The Water Nymph
This is my latest digital artwork, all drawn by hand, called, “The Water Nymph“(right).
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