so this is just an open topic free for discussion
We all know how fluid and changing the visual fx industry is and how technological advancements have impacted on the art side of things. More and more tools and utilities are used to creat production art.
I can understand the reasons on why there has been such a change in production. Quick turnarounds, faster pace and so on.
And i have seen this progress impact on artists personal artworks where the tools (photos,3d renders etc etc) have come more and more frequently used.
i dont want to say that this is a wrong or right way to approach your art, but only to point out that i think it has a negative impact on pure painting practice. I have seen many artist do a great leap in image quality as soon as these tools were utilized in their art. But once put into a position where painting is the only way , they struggle.
Often when i made such discoveries there is a bit of sad let down. Because art is i think a lifelong pursuit. Its not ment to be a quick effortless path.
I have seen situations where mattepainters can't paint when they have to, and where artists blatantly take moviescreengrabs to create their "own" artwork.
so here is my take on pros for using too much tools in your art:
* its fast, less work
* it's adds realism
* you are becoming dependent on the tools
* your painting skill suffers
* once forced into a scenario when painting is a must, you will suffer through the process. and art directors,supervisors will see your skills different when painting and when doing collages.
So with that said, yes i have used tools but i mainly do it at work because of the pace.And when i do use these tools, its mainly for texture,color or specular effects.
With my personal art i force myself to paint more and less photos/3d.I also love life drawing because that still clings to the old school artistry and skill.
i am curious to see what the opinion is around here on this progress in the digital art world.
and please , no bashing or trolling