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The shift from traditional to digital

Discussion in 'Creative Zone' started by awney, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. awney

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    A really awkward transition is going from traditional art to digital art because a tablet is nothing like pen and paper. For those of you who are mainly digital art now, how was that transition for you?


    For me, my lines were awful. It took me a while because I don't use a touch screen tablet so I have to constantly look at the laptop screen while my tablets on the table. Much different from traditional art where you're constantly looking at your hand and what you're drawing.
     
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    Transitioning from traditional to digital was a bigass disaster, lines were awful and shaky and I couldn't begin to wrap my head about the fact that I had to look at my computer screen and not my hand.
     
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    Back when I didn’t have a tablet, my art was beyond awful. The lines were extremely wobbly, and I didn’t know how to shade at all. My sense of anatomy was also very bad. Basically, it was terrible.
     
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    I've been doing digital for almost a year now, and while I've mostly gotten used to it, I still have pretty messy lineart.
     
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    My first forays into digital art were with a mouse alone, as my family didn't have a scanner at the time and tablets weren't something I was aware of. I don't think I have much surviving from back then, but as expected...quite messy. Getting a tablet helped make things cleaner, at least for coloring. And getting used to the tablet wasn't too bad as I recall.

    Lineart, though...
    It wasn't until recently (after years of coloring digitally) that I actually became more comfortable going entirely digital. Not just with coloring, but sketching and inking as well. A lot of my digital art beforehand consisted of scanning a picture I had inked by hand and then coloring, because while I'm fairly decent with an actual pen in my hands, I couldn't say the same for digital inking. Thankfully that was mostly a matter of finding a program that felt good to use - my program of choice beforehand was photoshop elements (it came with one of my tablets), which is good for painting, but doesn't give me what I'm looking for when it comes to inking.
     
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    i still remember my transition into digital....... it was Awful tm haha. i mean you go from looking a the paper and now you have to look away from it? what the heck???

    but it does totally get easier after a while!! digital wont improve your art right away but it can help you with a lot of things like color theory or anatomy since you have an undo feature haha. it helped me get better with colors the most!!

    and sometimes like with me, you learn to get so good at digital you start sucking at traditional. i really suck with paper drawings now because my pencil isnt set to 80 stabilization lmao
     
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    I've kind of started to make a shift to digital, but I haven't been particularly happy with the results so far. I think that I'm actually going to end up sticking with traditional.
     
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    thats fine and dandy! i have a serious respect for traditional artists
     
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    I'm not sure my opinions are entirely "valid" here since I'm a phone artist and never had to learn to look away from my hand .-.

    What was my shift like? Shaky lineart and abusing brushes trying to find the ones I liked along with very inconstant coloring techniques. But it did get easier for me once I literally changed my style to fit the program and device I was using (of course you can learn digital and not change your entire style that's just a me thing).

    Once again I'm not a desktop artist so I don't feel like my thoughts hold much weight so if any other touchscreen artists wanna drop in that'd be great lmao
     
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    I started drawing on both my phone and my computer at roughly the same time. My computer art was by far the worst. At the time I only had MS Paint available to me and I had no drawing tablet. As you can imagine my drawings came out very shaky and gross looking. My phone drawings weren't that much better, but at least they had more detail to them. The lineart was shaky, I always shaded with the airbrush tool (which at the time I didn't know how to use properly), and my drawings always came out tiny and pixilated because I didn't know how to change the canvas size.
    Obviously I've improved a tonne since then, thank goodness.
     
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    I’d say they’re pretty valid. Lots of people draw on their phones and tablets
     

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