Yesterday, there was a bit of a hoo hah amongst the group of surface pattern designers I belong to. One design company seemed to imply that digital designs were in some way inferior to (at least beginning with) hand drawn designs. As some designers work best by diving straight in to work on the computer, this ruffled some feathers.
(I think the important point was simply that this design company prefers some hand drawn element to the designs it chooses to put its name to.)
To me, it doesn’t really matter what you use, as long as the final design is attractive. Digital tools are just another art supply, as artist David Hockney is now finding. His artist’s statement on the site reflects that view.
Having worked on the tiny wood engraving yesterday (and you don’t get much more old school than that) I needed some big, bold shapes, colours and textures. Inspired by this BlogSpoonGraphics post and this colorlovers.com palette by Donna Doodle, I put this together.
I am pleased to have gathered art supplies both old (pencils, watercolours and printmaking) and new (acrylics, Illustrator and Photoshop). And I love to explore and combine them. How about you? Do you think digital art is on a par with traditional forms? Or do you prefer one style to the other?