As an artist, do you see traditional art mediums becoming obsolete in the age of

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  1. emichael profile image61
    emichaelposted 12 years ago

    As an artist, do you see traditional art mediums becoming obsolete in the age of digital media?

  2. rutley profile image64
    rutleyposted 12 years ago

    Absolutley....................not many actually use their own hands except to type on a keyboard.............I don't see digital as real!

  3. Matthew Meyer profile image69
    Matthew Meyerposted 12 years ago

    No. As a digital and traditional artist I think a physical item will always have value.  I have never lost a negative or a painting when a hard drive crashed.

    The other issue is preservation and history.
    CD-R deteriorate faster than paper does. HD-DVDs are obsolete.
    Why would we assume that hard drives will even exist in 50-100 years?

    I've had discussions about how future generations may know very little about this period of time because they will have no means to access the huge portion of our current cultural legacy that exists only in digital form.

  4. Robie Benve profile image88
    Robie Benveposted 12 years ago

    As much as I admire digital artists' skills, I consider traditional art mediums on a different level. To a certain extent (no offense intended) it reminds me of the difference between playing a sport on a video game and on a real field, with tangible tools and people.

  5. hcachat profile image60
    hcachatposted 12 years ago

    I think art on every level is art. I even believe that graffiti can be considered art. That being said I don't think "traditional" arts will disappear. I believe in evolution of art. One type of art merges with another type of art and creates a new art. Technology merges with a type of art and takes it in another direction or optimizes it.

    Would you call a photographer who takes a digital photo and then plays with it in Photoshop and artist? Is it still a piece of art? How is it different than a photographer taking a picture on film and then manipulating it in the darkroom?

    Is my drawing of a woman done in illustrator not art because it is digital? No and it takes different skills not less skills. In my mind it actually takes more. Not only are you creating this image but you are using tools that the "traditional" artist does not know.

    I believe that all art will stay alive as long as we keep doing what we love. Don't fight the evolution of art. Just preserve the types of art you yourself enjoy... and that is my rant on this.

  6. Kacha profile image60
    Kachaposted 12 years ago

    Digital art happens to be a medium! smile It hasn't come to replace. Everything updates with the times you know. I'm an artist, and I use traditional medium and digital too. They exist separately because they bring different styles and different looks. There's software like Coral painter that mimics traditional paint even! cool huh? You can even tell the difference between the two when you paint with it. However, there's like this...meditation feeling when you physically use traditional mediums. When you feel and see and smell the paint, charcoal, pencils, you listen to the sound it makes-it's just AWESOME. There aint nuthin to replace that you guys. And you get a special kind of meditation using digital medium too. With digital you've got all your tools in one hand, and you can let your ideas spill out all over the place.

    I just LOVE ART. I welcome new mediums for all eternity PEACE! ^__^

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I do, in particular photography.  Everyone has a digital camera and can take a decent photo nowadays because the cameras are smarter than we are.  My husband went to a prestigious photography school years ago and about 80% of that knowledge is obsolete now.

    I often wonder about real artistic talent and will we continue to appreciate the person who can make art of whatever kind with their own two hands - minus a computer?

    Note to Matthew Meyer - that would make a great hub or story.

  8. Emmanuel Kariuki profile image89
    Emmanuel Kariukiposted 12 years ago

    No way will the traditional mediA become obsolete. What will happen is that the world will be devided into two -

    1.  Those with a bias for digital manipulation in all stages from conception to rendering and
    2. Those with a bias for tradtional methods from conception stages, often through to rendering, leaving digital skills for editing and further manipulation.

    I have friends who talk of never touching a pencil or brush again. When they find themselves in situations where there is no electric power, their already atrophied finger muscles will not work, and I have an edge over them. Industry knows that and will value those who are dexterous with pencil and rubber/brush and paint as much as the they value the digital geniuses. Secondly, how will Wall Branding and Signage in remote corners of the earth ever be covered by digital media?

    I see a situation where the digital media will cause art to degenerate to a stage where the world will crave for the classical era of TRADITIONAL ART MEDIA

  9. profile image0
    Amanda Beck Mauckposted 12 years ago

    No. I think that art in the traditional sense will always be valid and needed. People will always prefer  certain mediums over others and some will prefer digital media to paint and vice versa. smile

  10. Lauren Graham profile image60
    Lauren Grahamposted 9 years ago

    no-- an artist who feels compelled to work in a traditional medium will work in a traditional medium, no matter what anyone else is doing.  if they have to smash bugs to create their own paint and weave their own canvas, they will.  artists are funny like that, we always find a way to get what we want.


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