I’ve been working with digital art for so long, I sometimes forget that it’s not quite tangible, not in the same way pencil lines on paper is. I make a mistake, I click “undo” a few times, and it’s like the mistakes have never happened at all. This makes me reckless and clumsy. I also can experiment more, take more risks and push my lines. I can work over the same drawing over and over again.
It doesn’t seem like it because I’m so late in the game, but I’ve actually been doing digital art since before 2000. I was using PS 7, ancient versions of Corel and even MS Paint to apply colour to scanned line drawings. Some of those drawings still exist somewhere… honestly couldn’t tell you where. At one point, someone had tattooed my drawings on them. They existed somewhere digital, intangible, to somewhere real, and maybe permanent in a sense. I don’t know these people, never saw their faces, just photos online.
I am not going to entertain a debate on whether digital art is more real than traditional art. It doesn’t matter, honestly. Art should fulfill some kind of emotional purpose, and I understand how it’s delivered is a part of that. Being on a computer screen isn’t less real than being on a canvas. But at the same time, traditional art exists in the actual world. If apocalypse happens and electricity becomes a myth, what happens to the millions of beautiful art that have only existed in hard drives?