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the production approach vs the painting approach when it comes to digital painting.

i would like to dedicate this post to emphasize the importance of both these areas. In my opinion an artists should be very clear about practicing and dedicating time to both approaches. But most importantly to keep two different approaches separate. When your in production you do things what ever makes the shot work.When your at home you practice your painting skills to improve as a painter.

So here is how i see these 2 approaches.

Production way
pros:
1. time, fast paced work for fast moving production
2. realism is achieved easily because you use the element straight  away
3.its easier to convey specifics and "WOW" people  with a digital image that has a high factor of realism. The viewer sees more detail in context.

cons:
1.the skill is not in the painting its about integrating elements and balancing.So it has a lower artistic painters integrity.
2.you bypass practice of certain artistic requirements(complete understanding of perspectives, material work, light)
3. the mainstream of viewers think you "painted" everything, personally i think an artist should be honest on this point and mention the approach.
4. industry is flooded with "same" type looking images because the limitation are the elements them selves.
5. to practice this approach only you will be dependent on it and find yourself in an embarrassing spot when you paint something without elements and realize your image doesn't hold up to your other work.
6. its easy to be tempted to do this approach most of the time because once exposure kicks in it becomes a drug

Painting way
pros:
1. it's a complete, free and utterly personal creation, no elements no quick tricks. Just you and your skill as a painter. Even though you use reference on the side to study and understand what you are painting.
2.It helps understanding a lot about visuals when you do it thoroughly.Visual language, interpretations and narratives will be skills that will make you stand out in a jungle of similar level rendered images that lack that understanding.
3. this impacts hugely on your production approach to painting, you can control light/shapes better. However the production approach has no benefits to your painting approach whatsoever.
4.this approach has a high artistic integrity. You can create anything without depending on anything.Then you are truly a free creator.

cons:
1. it's a slower process
2.it forces you to go and understand things you don't have time for or want to understand.
3. in terms of exposure to mainstream viewers unfortunately this approach is almost always trumped by the production approach because most people are rather impressed by render quality and details. However a truly great painting will still grasp viewers because the painter has mastered something very unique and difficult.

This post is not about choosing between these two over the other, it's more about understanding what they are and where to use it wisely .Lastly to be honest and true about your approach, the denial of using photos when it's clearly used only hurts you in the end.

if you find this post useful or helpful or would like to voice your opinions please share and comment.

Once again this is not about choosing one over the other, its about practicing both in their own environments.
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You forgot one last thing 

Painting Way

cons

4. Mainstream audiences don't care about how long it took you to come up the finished painting. They don't care if it took days, weeks, months, blood, sweat, tears none of it. They only care about the finished product. Only your artistic peers, art students, and art c
onnoisseurs care and even then there are still times when they dont.
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wahay Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago, and didn't realize you were the source.

You rendered these ideas succinctly, not unlike your expert handling of art!
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chinagami Dec 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool post. I like the painting approach a lot more as I just like art a lot. It's strange too that whenever I look at art on CGHub for example, I always question whether they used photos or not. It's quite hard to tell at times if they have put effort in making it seamless. I will personally stick to the all painted approach.
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gregory-mack Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, great post I have struggled with this concept for quite a while. I have always created my environments from scratch but as a few months ago have started using photographs and textures, it's been pretty eye opening on how diverse a tool Photoshop is.
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rohtie Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you consider the "destruction-of-photo-painting-forms" technique a production or a painting method? Ie: leventep.deviantart.com/art/Fr…
With this method there will always be traces of texture and color from the original photo left, but it still encourages painting form, light and values.
Does this mean this is something inbetween which can be used both for quick production and a more free-form approach?
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leventep Dec 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
that's actually a previous painting that i started from not a photo. If you approach painting more production based then you dont distort or re-shape the object to something completely new.You keep as much of that object intact as possible. The only thing you do is to balance it well with the rest of the painting.
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rohtie Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It does not really matter if the starting point was a photo or not, it is still a photo/picture in digital context.
My point was that this approach is maybe a bit more production oriented than standard painting, because you automatically get colors and texture.
Though as you said production is basicly a photo arrangement, which is far from what this technique is and I will therefore consider it a painting approach.
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Ghalithegreat Dec 18, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Great post
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fenrysk-art Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for this post
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Padder Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I pretty much agree with what you say.  At the same time I understand that some people might feel more creative with photo manipulation and setting "restrictions" on how to approach art might anger them.  The fact that it hides behind a veil of "painting" sadly makes it hard to distinguish both approaches for most people and seriously undervalues true creative strength and mastery.  I'm still struggling accepting the "production" approach as a valid art form considering it feels like it's lying about what the "painter's" skill level truly is.
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