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