I don’t understand why my teachers are so adamant on assignments being done with traditional means. I have tried to keep an open mind, and look for some hidden reason… but I simply can’t think of one.
Using ellipse guides? Using tracing paper? Using rulers? Being forced to shade with a pencil (or later, markers)?
When I asked my figure drawing teacher why we couldn’t use digital for our homework still-life assignment… he said because he “wanted us to really draw it”.
I don’t understand.
I can see how it might be easier to cheat with digital (take a picture and run a few filters over it to make it look painterly)…. But you can cheat with traditional too (just trace over everything on a lightbox).
In the real world, when I get a job (I am aiming at a character concept artist), I wont use a pencil or markers or try to render out a picture with lengthy advanced graphite shading techniques…. I will be using photoshop. Sure, I might make sketches on a pad of paper to get some ideas when at a meeting or on the fly (I can do that now), but when it comes to more serious work I will be running to my wacom and computer so I can really turn out material quickly.
I want to learn how to use photoshop! I want to spend my time doing assignments in the program so I can figure out workflows and tricks to make things move faster (which will actually be helpful for me, so I can apply it to my work!). Spending an hour figuring out a new way to apply graphite to a large section of a piece of paper for even shading will never ever be used by me outside of the demands of my teachers (so, why bother learning it? Why not spend that energy figuring out and becoming comfortable with a new hotkey in photoshop?).
What am I missing? Am I just being a “know it all” and there is actually some type of secret benefit to working traditionally? If so, what is it and why? I just can’t figure it out! I’m trying to keep an open mind on the entire thing as I work to get better… but I want to spend my energy on the most efficient things that will translate into my career and make me a stronger artist.
It is also curious to note that my 2 teachers who demand assignments be done traditionally are the ones who do not work digitally and are very uncomfortable with a tablet and photoshop… one doesn’t even use email, the other has much difficulty just drawing a box freehand. It really doesn’t help their credibility when they try and tell me traditional mediums are better….