Now looking through my old figure drawing instruction book I hit a hurdle, I just couldn’t get my head around one particular concept which I guess is fair for a book written in the 40’s. So I checked out youtube and technology came to my aid again, as I found people were using modern software to interpret the area of the book that I was having issues with. I went from not being able to understand a picture and paragraph to watching an
in-depth eight minute video. Amazing.
Now I’m just picking up this hobby again so its too early to share artwork, however, I honestly believe that as technology has improved, it has made the understanding and practice of the traditional arts so much more accessible to a much wider audience. People can now produce artwork, share artwork, access critique and encourage each other all from the same device, how can this possibly be a negative?
So if this is the future of the art industry, does that mean pencil and paper is dead? I really don’t think so personally. I believe the traditional approach will always hold an appeal, both to the artist and the consumer/collector of art.
People will always draw, whether it be on the walls of caves, on canvasses or digitally. This is the fun with the risk removed, a hyper-accessible vehicle of creative expression, and I believe this has to be a welcome addition to the creative work flow of both the individual and the collective. This is especially important when you consider the role the creative industries currently has both on the countries economy, and in general as an implement for societal growth and innovation.
So sure you can’t hang an iPad on a wall (or rather why would you), but these modern advancements give you the chance to try things, fail at them, try again, improve and maybe even fall in love with them. Who knows, maybe that person that started his journey on an iPad and youtube, will one day move into traditional and subsequently earn a spot in a gallery.