Is Digital Art, Real Art?

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Art
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I have had a passion for art since I picked up my first crayon, although I consider myself more of an enjoyer of art than contributor. Other than an occasional painting or charcoal drawing, I’ve never really devoted the time necessary to be more than a hobbyist. A few weeks ago, I start experimenting with digital art. I purchased a Wacom tablet, installed Corel Painter on my computer, and went to work. The transition from paper to digital proved to be more challenging than I anticipated, so I immediately started watching tutorials and visiting various art forums. As I worked my way through numerous tips and tricks of the trade, I couldn’t help but develop the feeling that a small level of hostility exists toward digital art. Hostility may not be the best word; lack of respect is probably more accurate. To be more specific, I’m referring to the idea that digital art isn’t real art.

This forces me to pose the question, “What is art?” The only answer I can respond with is, “What isn’t art?” Art isn’t something that can be defined in a few brief words. To do so only limits what it truly is. There is no separation between real/fake art, or good/bad art. There is only art. We are constantly surrounded by art and, whether we realize it or not, our lives have all been impacted by art in one form or another. Although I do feel art can be categorized in terms of visual, literary, etc., it is still all art, with no one form or style being better than any other. It is simply an expression of the imagination and an outlet for creativity, regardless of the media one chooses.

Keep the imagination alive. Respect the art.


  1. Great thoughts! I have written something similar on my blog as well. My thoughts along this line are what prompted me to start a blog in the first place! Keep up the good work.

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    • The Lioness says:

      As a Digital Artist I am familiar with the vibe of hostility towards those in this area of ART. I almost feel the need to include a disclaimer ie., I am not a painter. I use my digital photographs and “massage”, “manipulate”, “enhance”, “transition”, and/or work to add another dimension to the image I have photographed. I am a Pixel Redistributor.

  3. The Lioness says:

    Reblogged this on Cardtales By The Lioness and commented:
    IZ IT ART?

  4. valzart says:

    Well said! Art is heART…no matter what the medium. Having been a Traditional Artist all my life am loving my new digital studio with a million tools lol! :~} Valz ♥

  5. vera ersilia says:

    In my opinion art is not the medium but the result. Art is IN the artist not in the tools he/she uses.
    I do not call my stuff art but I experience fun, euphoria, and happiness as I do what I do, with words or images – and using whatever tools – that is enough for me.

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