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Issue X, P.1
Welcome to part two of my tenth-week celebration of writing this article! Last week, I featured *FaceRot, and I post an interview with our current Traditional Art GM, `Mollinda.
This week, I would like to examine traditional art. I'll be doing this with some input from my watchers (I've be polling them for a few weeks about various topics), and through some brief research..
Table of Contents
Logistical Things for First-Time Readers
Examining Traditional Art
Trad. Art. Spotlight!
Contests and Groups
GMs, DDs, and Other Info
What Is It?
The purpose of my article is to bring together pieces of artwork from the Traditional gallery for artists who are interested in those media. In doing so, I hope to bring exposure to artists who might be lacking in it, and I would like to provide a platform of inspiration for other traditional artists! I haven't been able to find any articles of this nature, but if you know of any and would like me to link to them, I will!
To Suggest an Artist's Work
Please see this if you would like to suggest an artist to be featured.
Examining Traditional Art
I think that "traditional art" is a term that, after a few weeks on dA, we can all come to recognize and be comfortable with within the community. I certainly found it interesting when I found that my drawings were to be uploaded to "traditional art," instead of something like "pencil art". (I was naive when I first joined!)
But how do other define traditional art? What do people think of it? And something of interest to me, how will digital and traditional art affect one another (not in adverse or positive ways, just in general). These things have been topics of interest to me since I joined dA and found the digital and traditional galleries to be absolutely stunning.
My first step was to find out: what IS traditional art? I, of course, know what I think it is, but here is what I found:
"...in the Artworld it refers to "traditional" means Painting, Sculpture, Drawing,Pen and Ink, Printmaking, like that... "nontraditional" would be any kind with little or no past history, like "Conceptual","Computer Art""Video Art" and like that." [link]
"1. Art that is a part of the culture of a group of people, skills and knowledge of which are passed down through generations from master craftsmen to apprentices.
2. On an online art archive, any art created through the use of real media." [link]
It looks like the last one even made a definition for deviantART!
Interesting. Something that they all agree on is that traditional art is based on culture/history. That is not to say, though, that digital art isn't affected by culture? Digital art certainly has its own history, such as the development of programs (i.e., Photoshop) and 3D-modeling applications. It is quite extensive! In fact, Wikipedia has over 30 forms of digital art listed, while the forms of traditional art could be counted basically on two hands (and maybe a foot or two).
Digital art has also become an industry standard, while traditional art seems to carry on in galleries and art showings. So, how have these two major genres of art affected one another? Good? Bad? Can it be qualified?
I personally, like digital artworks. I somehow like the effects that can be done digitally, the smooth smudges, the textures, and stuff like that. I also like what cannot be done traditionally, the animation, flash, film, etc.
Although, the market now seems to be more geared towards digital (probably cause of its ease of creation as compared to traditional (as per most thinking), but this is my opinion), so I guess it has impacted negatively. xD" =Lokiev
This majority in the poll this quote was taken from said that the two genres of art have affected one another positively or about the same.
You can read the comments to that poll; my watchers truly gave some insight to this question, which has also helped me in thinking about the two ways of producing art. What it boils down to, though, it seems is that traditional art is nostalgic and hands-on, and some people just like to get their hands messy in paint or like to throw paint at a canvas.
But something inseparable, I think, for both forms of art is that they are all forms of art! I invite you to share you opinion, if you like. What appeals to you about traditional art? Do you need to have a foundation in it?
I leave you on this note:
Pixel art counts as digital art.
Sculpture counts as traditional art.
Photography is... somewhere in the middle?
Therefore, it doesn't matter. Just be good at what you're good at.
The quotes in this little blurb were from two polls I sent out:
Do you need to be able to do traditional art to do digital art, and vice-versa?
How do you think DIGITAL art has affected TRADITIONAL art?
Traditional Art Spotlight
Spread the love to a new traditional art group, #ArtistsPerception!
Complicated Shades of Grey, a news article by =pbird12 has been posted!
`Mollinda has posted The Best of the Rest 13, a news article for artists who unfortunately haven't been selected for DDs, but do get featured!
Traditional Art Groups & Contests
Traditional Art GMs
Traditional Art - `Mollinda
Body Art - `Anmagdan
Sculpture - `LabyrinthCreations
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
What is Traditional Art?
#projecteducate focused on TRADITIONAL ART from January 23rd to January 29th. Find the entire synopsis here: [link]!
And that concludes special edition, part II. I hope you enjoyed it.