Essay on Digital vs. Traditional Art

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“From the point of view of art, there are no concrete or abstract forms, but only forms which are more or less convincing lies."(Wagner, par. 1) So what is art? A painted picture with lines, figures or faces that has meaning; or digitally altered shapes with meaning? Art can be any product of a creative process. Graphic Design (digital design) as a discipline has a relatively recent history, with the name 'graphic design" first coined by William Addison Dwiggins in 1922. (Wikipedia. par. 2) Digital art is an art created on the computer in digital form. The medium of computer art was developed during 1960s and opened new possibilities for abstract and figurative art. Digital art is an evolution of art itself, and is definitely a valid art…show more content…
Both arts deal with color theory and both types are strengthened by creative concepts. Both disciplines rely heavily on good hand-eye co-ordination. Graphic art has the advantage of an "undo" button. The ability to erase a mistake does not make a graphic artist less of an artist. While traditional has the advantage of being immersive and messy. Sometimes, there is nothing more satisfying than taking a piece of chalk or crayon and putting a mark with your hand. It is infinitely more difficult to place your mark correctly in programs such as Lightwave or Blender. Both forms of art can be highly frustrating and highly rewarding by turns. Graphic design as an art discipline boomed in the 20th and 21st century. Although it is undertaken to convey a specific message to a specific audience; graphic design like most art is a creative process. Its elements, theories, and languages are the same as those of classical art. In graphic design, "the essence is to give order to information, form to ideas, expression and feeling to artifacts that document human experience." The time, effort and knowledge it takes an artist to create a water color, oil painting or pastel drawing , is the same time and effort it takes today’s digital artists to create art masterpieces out of nothing. The name "Graphic Design" first appeared in print in the 1922 essay "New Kind of Printing Calls for New Design" by William Addison Dwiggins, an American book
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