Julie -a little hymn to the opportunities of hand made.
David Hockney or Wayne Thiebaud or Shirley Hughes drawing.
By the way I realize that being that I don’t know the computer programs’ capabilities, Know what guys, I might miss those signs of the individual I notice in a more oldfashioned hand made illustration. Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
Consequently, she also writes for Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!. Perhaps the fear some have over digital art is that we will lose the traditional art methods.
Just like we ride the subway and use electric lights, I’m glad there’re still horses and kerosene lamps out there shall we know, So if you see something objectionable.
We are not able to monitor any comment that comes through. For instance, maybe these things take time, as a picture book artist who works in many different mediums, I’m almost sure I find it fascinating that we’re still having a conversation about the value of digital versus traditionally-created artwork. Now let me tell you something. Whenever reminding us of the vulnerability of the creative process, while digital tools may make it easy for an illustrator to globally remove mistakes in initially hand rendered work, flaws are a welcome part of art made by a human hand. Certainly, a feeling of honesty can be lost, if artists afraid to show vulnerability digitally remove a smudge here and an inadvertent jot there. So in case we see inconsistencies and flubs in an illustration by, as one illustrator to whom I spoke noted, say, William Steig or Shel Silverstein seeing moments when a hand shook, a page on which the book’s protagonist looks slightly different than s/he does on another, or where a color ain’t perfectly matched this opens a door to readers for communion with those artists.
So this gets at the heart of why we readers care. That’s one concern, Therefore if artwork is intended to be created digitally. Moreover what you love and are comfortable with, the medium used is a choice of tool. And now here is the question. Who’s to say that tomorrow I won’t be fascinated with wood block printing, Photoshop, or oils? Today I love how the magic of water, paint, and paper work together is watercolor painting. Now pay attention please. I believe the choices are wonderful, as an artist myself.
Wolff notes that recently she saw another illustrator discuss her digital techniques and was charmed. Instead I see artists expressing themselves with the tools they prefer in an increasingly large sea of options, an artlover like me may have expected a pendulum swing. So there’re still lots of kid lit illustration jobs that require quicker turn around than the luxurious nine months to a year of a trade picture book. Using a sophisticated program like Corel Painter to render an illustration could not be further from slapping a filter on it. Computer tools and programs have allowed artists to bring a higher quality of art to those publications. So do not overdo it and please limit the amount of links submitted in your comment, we accept clean XHTML in comments.
While scary, what a great reminder that putting yourself out there flaws and all, is ultimately an awesome method make beautiful art and really connect with your audience I’ll certainly keep this in mind while I sit down to draw today.
Why go through the trouble to fake it when you can do the real thing?
There also exists a disdain for art that tries to be something it is not, just like digitally created artwork that attempts to look like it was rendered in oils, while many people embrace the notion that the computer is merely another tool in an artist’s toolbox. Blubs are good, and it’s even when what matters in the end is the final product.