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Why I Prefer Traditional Art to Digital

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I've seen this subject come up a lot, and people are always incredibly fierce (or vicious) when it comes to defending their preferred medium.

Before I continue, let me first say that my preference does not equate to a disdain of digital art. Amazing art - as in, the pieces that are truly memorable or inspiring or make you pause to take everything in - are amazing because of the artist, not the medium used. These kind of pieces don't just look good, they present imagery or emotions that are unique in some way to their creator.

So, why do I prefer traditional art? I've actually thought about it a lot, and I believe it boils down to two main reasons.

1. More often than not, I find traditional art to be more impressive. I do NOT think digital art is easy, but I do think it is easier. There's no "undo" button with traditional art, and depending on the medium used, mistakes can't always be corrected. Also, the opportunity to modify in retrospect is often more difficult (if not impossible); no deciding in the last minute that red hair will look better than black, or that the background you painted would be more fitting with clouds rather than flowers, etc.

2. This is the bigger reason. To me, traditional art has a personal touch, a particular connection, that digital art does not. It's like receiving a hand written letter versus an email; there's something about the former that makes it more distinctive. Perhaps, it's that you can hold it in your hands. Or, that what's on the page can never be exactly duplicated by another human hand. This might sound like total BS to some, but I like the sentimentality of it all.

That's about it. I don't have enough active watchers to get much attention to this entry, but I'm happy to have written it. Good food for thought. :gummybear:




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Sum up: When creating stuff on my new Mac (digital art, scans of traditional work), the colors of the files look TERRIBLE on PCs.

I do not think this is a calibration issue, because other files (whether random stuff pulled from google, other people's artwork here on dA, etc) do not look very different. There is some variation, but not enough to be distracting.

Only images that are created on my new Mac seem to have such an ugly contrast when displayed on PCs.

:bulletblack: The image on the left is the original, created on my Mac.
:bulletblack: The image on the right was edited on a PC, using Pixlr. I tried to recreate how the image looks on a Mac (it's oversaturated, but close enough).

:bulletblack: If you're looking at this from a PC, you'll see the obvious contrast (more vibrant colors, the bg is primarily black rather than streaked through with the texture of the chapel walls, etc).
:bulletblack: If you're looking at this from a Mac, the one on the right probably looks WAY too saturated and dark.

Searching around, I've seen people make similar complaints in forums, but no solutions that I can use (they've mostly involved buying extremely high priced software for professionals who are struggling with this).

Putting this up in hope of some help from a good Samaritan. Are there parameters I can set when saving the file? I'm currently working in 8 bit RGB mode. I've tried converting to sRGB mode when saving. No change whatsoever.
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Art's been a fun past time on and off over the years, but I'm very much an amateur. dA has been my first experience with publicly sharing anything I've made, and so far the good has outweighed anything I'm not a fan of. :dalove:

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MoonyMina Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a zillion for the fave on my smiling Genie!!!! It means a lot!!
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Thank you for the watch! :) 
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Thanks for the llama
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Thanks for the Llama :)
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Thanks for the Llama! :)
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot fot the fave on my Morning Moonshine!!! it means a lot to me :)
kuri-osity Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all! It was  a beautiful photo and deserved it! 

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Remember that OC Beard Meme you favorited? I've trimmed, polished, and restyled it into version 2.0! Check it out:…
kuri-osity Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So very late in reply -  but thank you for letting me know!
Fastfood Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

:salute: Hey, thank you for the support! :thanks:



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