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Is Digital Art Replacing Traditional Art?

Art is an extremely broad term that covers everything from painting and sculptures to decorating. For this particular discussion we will mainly focus on painting and graphic art. Mankind’s story with art started thousands of years ago when we painted the walls of the caves and now we have advanced software and programs that can create virtual reality at the click of a button. But with all this technological advancement the question remains as to whether or not traditional art will become obsolete and die. We have listed some points of debate to start a discussion.

Modernity of Times

Digital art is quite new on the market and it means that you can create amazing pieces from your laptop. The main advantage here is that you don’t need lots of material and space. Traditional painting is notorious for taking up a lot of space – the paints, easels, and other tools can actually be quite expensive if you intend to produce a large piece. But when you think about it, the same thing applies to digital art too, you can’t really create quality pieces if your computer isn’t good or if you run bad programs.

Lack of Emption

In terms of impression and feelings, digital art has an important disadvantage. No matter how good the picture of a painting is, you can’t appreciate the fine details and brush strokes that really give you goosebumps. Yet there is also a disadvantage to the traditional art – to fully enjoy it you have to look at it live, and this means that you have to travel to the museum, buy a ticket and only then you can be close to your beloved painting. With digital art things are a bit easier. You can enjoy it easily from the comfort of your home, but there is a catch – the quality of the painting depends on the quality of your device. Due to this problem you may have the unpleasant surprise of seeing pixels scattered all over you screen.

Art is Subjective

Another disadvantage of the traditional art is that the lighting and the room are vital for a good exhibition. If you put Mona Lisa in a dark room or bad lighting she will not be as beautiful and interesting as in a room full of light. The same principle, however, can be applied to digital art – an inadequate device can distort your pleasure. Many people argue that digital art is more of a skill than an expression of art. This is not strictly true because we can also apply the principle of skill rehearsal to traditional art too. If you start painting or producing digital art without any experience the result will be the same in both art forms.

One thing is for sure, digital art is not here to replace the traditional and it is doubtful that museums will take down great works of art to put up screens. Both forms are here to stay and can complement one another.