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Why I Prefer Traditional Art to Digital

Traditional Art Junkie Stamp by Sylladexter

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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Do you use a cover on your drawing tablet? 

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Updates + How I Fail at Being an Adult

Journal Entry: Fri May 9, 2014, 11:19 AM
And hiatus is officially over!

I'm not sure if I'll be submitting anything soon, but at the very least, I'll be back to browsing, faving, and commenting.

So, quick rundown of what's new:

:bulletblue:  So, for those who missed literally years' worth of my whining, after NINE freaking years (nearly five of which were spent saving, month by month), I finally managed to buy a computer. I didn't max it out, so it cost less than expected. With the little bit I had leftover, I very irresponsibly bought my first tablet. As such, I've been spending all of my time indoors because I am completely broke, and I've lost a couple of pounds because having no money is a great diet so long as you don't succumb to those 12-cent packets of ramen. To be honest, there's a part of me that's now living in constant fear of illness or transportation issues or any other kind of emergency, because should something come up, I'm screwed.

I don't like to speak about this openly, but I'll say it once and quickly here: Financially, I'm completely responsible for my mom. I don't want to get into details. But for the last four years, even though I don't have kids, I feel like I've been shouldering the burdons of a single parent.

Buying the tablet was not a good example of me acting as an adult.

A part of me that I'm fighting to not acknowledge is feeling guilty for it. Even so, I'm telling myself not to feel bad. I'll work my ass off and practice, and practice, and practice, hopefully improve, and then keep on practicing.

Which brings me to the part some people might actually care about:

A lot of the doodles and rougher work I'm more likely to share on my blog at tumblr. Maybe I'll save sketch dumps for dA.

:bulletgreen: Second - I've been dabbling in fanfiction. Supernatural fanfics, to be specific. I have never publicly shared my writing outside of a very small circle of friends, and even that's going way back. Working with other people's characters has been a less scary way to get into the habit of writing and sharing my stuff with others. Plus, I'll admit, it's pretty fun. I haven't had any experience with the literature side of dA, so I don't know if I should share anything here... BUT, seeing as how it's just about impossible to get feedback on tumblr (and AO3's traffic has felt lacking), I'm wondering if I should try submitting around here to get some critiques. Is that a bad idea, to mix lit and visual art on one account?

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  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: Florence and the Machine
  • Reading: The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
  • Drinking: Coffee (of course)


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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:

If you do happen to peek at my gallery and feel inspired to leave a comment..

Support Honest Critique by JDiPierro Critique Me PLEASE by StampsByNeekko I Support Honest Critique by querulousArtisan


Requests Closed Stamp by xMandaChanStampsx
From time to time, when inspiration is low, I'll offer requests or trades to kickstart my motivation. I won't create a waiting list if my limit is already reached, because I don't know how often I'll be doing these for free. Sorry!

Requests in process
:iconmidnightstar432: Star Progress Bar II - 100% by ColMea
:iconjhelisapoh: PB Red - Starting by Oceannist
:iconivydevi: Star Progress Bar II - 100% by ColMea
:iconkisaraelelementum: Progress Bar - Starting by Oceannist
:iconmrsunderground: PB Red - Starting by Oceannist


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cao-cao Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Thanks for the llama
holster262 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student
Thanks for the Llama :)
FedericaMentalist Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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! 

For those who wander by my profile, she's referring to:
Moonshine in the wee hours of the morning by MoonyMina
MolecularMachine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
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:



princesskirbystar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the llama!:iconllamaspinplz::iconyuihuggleplz:
Projekt-Zodiac Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama.
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