Because we live in a century dominated by technology innovation, art itself has been offered new creative horizons. But these new advantages have not been considered so beneficial for the art by some conservative art lovers, who believe that if the art is not created using traditional tools (pen, oils, watercolor, etc.) that art cannot be considered true art (true in the meaning of recognizing it’s real values).
Even if the painting, the design or the sketch is created using traditional tools, just a pencil and paper, or a drawing tablet, both reflect in the same way the artist’s creative effort and talent.
What is really offending nowadays, due to this technology, is that many people pretend to have “become artists” just because he/she can easily combine some Photoshop brushes. The main question that stands is: how much of that person’s talent is reflected in that resulting piece of art? That depends very much on the person behind the technology. If the person who wants to create ART using the computer is an ARTIST, the resulting piece of digital stuff is ART, without the artist, drawing and manipulating programs can’t do a thing.
Sometimes it’ very hard to discern between the real artists and the ones who are just playing with the tools provided by digital programs. There are also some artists, who pretend their art is totally innovative, abstract or exceeds the limits of imagination by disposing mixtures of abstract elements and finally call it ART. The limits of deciding are actually fragile, because everything that is considered to be ART is decided to be valuable, innovative or absolutely worthless , by subjective points of view, and a design that is considered to be total crap for one might look absolutely amazing in some others’ opinion. That’s true concerning all kinds of tastes.
To that, many artists are still attached to those sensitive feelings that traditional art gives, that intimacy between yourself and the blank paper, that process of transforming the paper in front of your eyes, touching it, getting dirty or wrapping it when everything goes wrong. These are feelings that cannot be experienced in front of a monitor. But although modern art is made of true and false artists, talented and crooks, innovative or copy cats, we cannot ignore the BENEFITS that digital technology has brought. Digital art is also considered the art of the future, because it provides infinite opportunities for the artist to expand his imagination and show us the crazy and amazing things he can do just by using a mouse, a drawing tablet and his skills. These things can be considered wrong and “evil” only by those artists who have been painting all their life in the traditional old style and cannot accept or cannot adapt to new techniques. Digital art can be considered innovating also for the classical process approach: programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effect, not to speak about the 3d ones, 3D Studio Max and Maya offers the artist many electronic brushes, pen tools, endless colors and combination, which make their life and the process of creation much easier and pleasant.
Amazing illustrations and images that seemed impossible to create in the past, are possible with the help of new technologies. The progress that digital artist are achieving nowadays in the fantasy/sci-fi field is mind blowing. Even though, there are also charcoal nudes or portraits who carry along profound aesthetic emotions for the viewer. People may say that when an artist creates a digital piece of art, that piece of art can be printed or sold in various forms in an infinite number of identical copies, and in the same time, that element which is so important for visual art lovers is lost: the uniqueness. But let’s keep in mind that copies of many famous traditional paintings have been manually created by the painters themselves, in order to satisfy as many collectors as possible. Probably in the future, digital art will be considered traditional as well. But today, it’s the artists’ decision to choose the ways of expression for their talent.