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.
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.
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
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.
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.