Wow!!! Long long time, no journal....
Anyway, I'm having a bit of an artistic dilemma. Traditional vs Digital (I'm sure we've all faced down that question at some point, I would assume).
Most of my life, I've been drawing and coloring most of my works by hand. Pencils, pens and color pencils were my main mode of expression (and for the record, I'll still be using them probably til I pass from this mortal coil). It gives you a finished work you can hold on to and physically sell, trade or hang on your wall. There's just something about seeing your work done by your own 2 hands.
Unfortunately, the color pencils I use that put out the color I like are really expensive, as are the closest equals. More to the point, the eczema in my fingers (where they crack and bleed all the time) and occasional stiffness is not easing.
Now, Over the last several months, I've been delving into the world of digital art, whether by painting over photos of my original artworks (
), tracing my line arts (
) or completely drawing the work from scratch on my laptop (or now, computer). And though still a neophyte in photomanipulation, (
) I do believe I'm making progressive improvement. I won't lie, I'm really liking the color and lighting\shading I can do digitally far better than what I can do with color pencils (as seen in the example
). And now that I have a scanner and a art program I can multiply the layer properly now, I can still pencil and ink works by hand then color them digitally.
The problem is that, unless I order a print or get a better printer, there's not a physical copy when I'm done. It just sits in my computer as a file.
Due to the aforementioned money and physical hand problems, I'll probably be leaning more toward digital art. It's just easier. But I'll still try to crank out a full traditional piece like my last one (
) every so often.
Whether traditional or Digital, I remain...