Years ago I bought myself one of those fancy schmancy sewing machines with an embroidery attachment.
I made all sorts of things for friends and family. My sister-in-law asked me how I did it so I showed her.
Looking over my shoulder she said, “Oh! So you don’t do anything, the machine does it all for you!”
Not the most tactful comment, but true.
I get that same vibe about my digital art.
Oh, the program does it for you.
Except it doesn’t.
I don’t push a button and watch the program/app race around the screen laying down the lines.
I do it.
The app doesn’t choose the colors, their placement, the thickness of line, or shading.
It doesn’t decide the composition.
It doesn’t do anything except give me the tools to draw what I want.
How is that different than an artist working in any other medium?
The only difference I can see is it gives me the opportunity to ‘erase’.
I’ve seen artists paint over what they don’t like in a piece.
I’ve seen them decoupage over parts of their works to cover something that displeased them.
I’ve seen them alter the size to ‘remove’ what they perceive as boo boo’s.
They wipe away paint where they don’t want it.
Watercolor artists ‘lift’ off their blunders.
Artists using markers use a colorless blender to fix their misstep …..
So why is it wrong that I can erase something I don’t like?
They say the different tools in an App or program do the work for me.
That the different ‘brushes’ make it too easy.
I don’t see it that way. I see it for what it is. A toolbox at my disposal to create with.
(A nice clean one where I don’t have to get my hands dirty, which plays right into my OCD wheelhouse!)
How is a digital brush that makes a nice fuzzy blob any different than that brush you’ve got that is so old and splayed out it gives you the same looking fuzzy blob?
I’ve noticed when I mention a piece I’ve done is digital there seems to be an unspoken judgment that it doesn’t really count. Whether or not the art I create on my Tablet (digitally) is REALLY art.
Maybe I’m being defensive and oversensitive.
I’d like to hear your opinions.