Amber Mills’ article, “Digital Art- Why It’s Such a Popular Medium” (2012) asserts that digital art became popular due to its ease and accessibility. Mills expands on this idea by explaining how technology, such as tablets, feel authentic but are easier to use and quicker than traditional mediums, supply more effective tools than their physical equivalents, let those not in classes to access tutorials, and allow one’s imagination rather than their supplies to be the artistic limit. Mills’ purpose is to inform the audience as to why digital art is a useful canvas for many modern artists. Her vocabulary is simple but biased towards digital art, so the audience likely consists of artists of all ages that are open to the concept of technological art forms.
Although Mills didn’t directly state whether she thought that digital art was superior to traditional art, she highlighted the ease of tablets and other technologies in comparison to physical tools. She suggests that programs, such as PhotoShop, allow the user to erase and blend more effectively than on a canvas. She also says that PhotoShop is built containing such tools, whereas traditional artists would have to buy supplies separately to perform similar tasks. I can understand her viewpoint because, in my high school art class, I found that physical art forms relied heavily on expensive supplies that were confusing to use. Therefore, I turned more towards digital mediums that were amenable to amateurs. I completely agree that almost every aspect of technology is innately more convenient than physical art. However, her points in this article do not counter any criticism from traditionalists. The lesser time requirement, ease of use, and accessibility supplied by technology are recognized by all parties. Artists who dislike digital art argue that these traits make the art less genuine and less valuable. I doubt Mills could counter this claim neither party misunderstands the medium. Rather, they seem to differ in their interpretations of digital art’s qualities.
Mills, Amber. “Digital Art – Why It’s Such a Popular Medium.” DeviantArt. N.p., 5 Oct. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.