Monika Zagrobelna’s article, “Is Digital Art “Real” Art? Facts and Myths About Digital Creating” (2014) argues digital art creation requires the same amount of skill and effort as traditional media. Zagrobelna supports this claim by comparing the processes for creating different forms of traditional art to the digital versions and emphasizing the importance of skill through example art pieces crafted on digital media. The purpose of this article is to outline the pros and cons of all art mediums and stress the effort required to create digital art is equal to all others in order to counter those who claim that digital art is “cheating” or easier than traditional forms. Due to the specific terminology and Zagrobelna directly speaking to the reader her audience is aspiring artists and critics of digital art.
After reading Zagrobelna’s article I must agree with her argument, technology cannot replace skill and, although it can speed up the process, without good fundamentals you will not create anything better on a digital medium. Therefore, any digital art created requires the same amount of skill as every other art media. For me, the author really sold the argument with a clever analogy “If you can’t drive a cheap car, a Lamborghini won’t be any better.” That was a surprisingly apt comparison that makes the argument clear; fancy tech tools do not change how well you can draw only practice can do that. I appreciate her point of view mainly because, at this time in my research, it accurately reflects the view of the artistic community who mostly defend digital art. At the same time, she has some common ground with the author from my previous post agreeing technology should be viewed as a tool for creation and all responsibility for the artwork belongs to the user. Whether the user’s choice of a technological medium is positive or negative, however, is where they differ. Zagrobelna argues it as a positive and contradicted many critics claim that digital art is “cheating” because the work doesn’t require anytime to set or dry, by saying that painting is faster than drawing because a brush covers so much more area than a pencil. Yet, no one has ever claimed painting is cheating. For some reason that argument would sound completely ridiculous comparing those two mediums. This makes me wonder why don’t we compare other media in the way we compare digital and traditional art? As well as, why do we need to compare digital art to traditional art? Is it even reasonable?
Zagrobelna, Monika. “Is Digital Art “Real” Art? Facts and Myths About Digital Creating.” Envatotuts. Envato, 30 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.
Images: Created by Monika Zagrobelna