“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”
― Bob Ross
Twenty years ago, creating art outdoors would have necessitated the transportation of numerous materials and media. Today, digital painting has broken these physical barriers to provide a more convenient and accessible tool for both professional and amateur artists. The development of the iPad and styluses has further facilitated this new form of artistic expression by reducing the number of required materials.
Some may believe that the development of digital art has caused contemporary artists to abandon the qualities of and classic techniques used in traditional art. However, in reality, digital art has not only preserved numerous aspects of traditional art, but has expanded to enable artists to explore and develop an entirely new form of art. Digital art programs have been increasingly able to replicate the textures and colors achieved using traditional techniques while providing artists with the ability to correct mistakes easily, minimize the necessary materials, and allow art to be created wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.
Thousands of years ago, primitive humans painted on cave walls; centuries ago, at the height of the Renaissance, Michelangelo and Da Vinci were painting on canvases; today, studios such as Disney and Pixar have applied digital painting to create full-length feature films.
We do not know how art will evolve in the future; what we do know is that creation and innovation are the essential tools needed to discover the answer.