Digital Art Acceptance

Pauline Freud

The blog post “Digital Art Is Not ‘Real Art’” by Dan Luvisi (2014) argues that digital art should not be treated as a lesser medium. To capture the audience’s understanding, he cites many of his experiences as a talented young artist being ridiculed by his mentors and peers for choosing to paint on PhotoShop. Luvisi’s purpose is to identify artistic mediums as an artist’s choice and to lessen the stigma of digital art. Since the article is sympathetic in nature and highly based off of his personal experiences and opinions, his audience likely consists of young artists who seek to find acceptance or relate to his post.

The purpose of Luvisi’s post is not to attack traditional mediums, advertise digital art, or talk about his own progress as an artist. Instead, it is to defend artists of all mediums and portray art as a slowly evolving field. When I read about his past, I was reminded of my experiences as a high school artist: always in awe of digital art but too afraid that pursuing it would reduce my grade in art class. It seems that he intends to evoke this personal reaction in order to make people respect his perspective. They are meant to feel like such judgement is injustice against those who choose to express their talent on a technological medium. However, he also aims to motivate young artists to continue their artistic interests despite outside pressures.

Dan, Luvisi. “Muddy Colors: Digital Art Is Not “Real Art”” Muddy Colors: Digital Art Is Not “Real Art” Muddy Colors, 22 Apr. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.

Image: A Long Depression by Cyril Rolando


3 thoughts on “Digital Art Acceptance

  1. The criticism for digital art was very high when it first appeared back in the early 2000s. That was about the time Luvisi received such a negative response from his teachers I believe. What I want to know is since technology has advanced far past those original programs and it has become a major part of our daily lives do professors still treat digital art with such disdain? Recently I reviewed an article written by an art professor who still does so, but is that representative of all teachers? I have yet to find an article that rebuts his claims, but I’ll keep looking.

    Morgan Bland


  2. An interesting point to all of this is that whether it is traditional or digital, it all begins with a thought. You draw this thought either on paper or a wacom. A lot of digital artists scan their drawing to base their finished painting, traditional artists transfer their drawing to canvas, panels, etc.. What is the difference? Some do traditional media to begin a painting and finish digitally. I used to be biased against digital art because at that time it seemed to harsh to me, but since the programs have gotten so much more refined and able to produce the textures that traditional media have I have become a great admirer of the art form and am studying it currently to expand my own art. It’s not the medium you use it is the mind and the thought behind the art that counts most.


  3. The approach of this article has been very different from the ones I’ve read because not many perspectives from this area provide a completely sympathetic point of view to the digital artists. The author seems to appeal to pathos effectively to encourage the aspiring graphic designer to ignore the doubts and judgments. However, I feel like all artists receive some sort of backlash from society for attempting to make art a career. Gaining a degree in art is often viewed in a negative light and artists of all sorts deserve some encouragement in their career choice. So, it is probably very difficult for digital artist who receive backlash from general society, as well as their own art community.


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