Digital art will never quite replicate the organic purity of an oil painting or a charcoal sketch. However, technology is making it easier for traditional artists to share, collaborate, expand on, and improve their work. Watch a video of Tim Von Rueden turning a pencil sketch into a digital painting:
It’s not fun being a one-trick pony.
On teaching or learning how to use programs: Technology is constantly evolving. The “next big thing” could instantly make a software you’ve mastered obsolete and outdated.
For this reason, learning which buttons to press in order is not nearly as intuitive as learning what the buttons do and why. When someone understands both what to do as well as how and why it’s done, they become capable of adapting to any kind of software, no matter how many updates or new versions are released. In point of fact, this adaptability is a skill that applies to much more than just graphics technology.
Is it affordable?
Many students crave new and more professional outlets for their creativity, and digital art software offers unlimited “paper” and access to every color known to man. Here are some of my favorites.
Free or Inexpensive Digital Art and Design Solutions to Check Out:
For Sculptors and 3D artists:
Are you one of those cool iPad schools? Check out The 5 Best iPad Apps for Designers by Digital Arts
Not to mention that there are student and educator discounts for many more programs like Adobe Photoshop! As Adobe’s website says, “...creativity is no longer an elective. It’s the future.”
Is your school’s art program keeping up with the demands of the times? Are you considering introducing new creative technology? Leave a comment on Twitter @iSchoolAdvocate and @tehshmarah!