Whether it is traditional or digital, there is always a tool waiting for you but most digital artists never think about it but it's always there and always stays the same, the pen.
I see a lot of digital artists going around asking for what kind of brush do you use. Whether it's in Photoshop or even Zbrush, claybrush etc..
They get so detached from the pen that what only exists is the little dot on the screen.
I rarely seen an artist ask me what kind of pen do I have. How do I hold it. Do I pivot the elbow, for better lines. What exercises do I do for line practice with my pen, how do I build my visual library, is the pen important for 3D, etc..
The impression one gets is that some artists forgot that there's a tool between them and the digital medium called pen.
It's really easy to understand why that happens too. Digital art forces the artist to look almost 100% of his time to a screen. So yes that dot on your monitor really starts to be the main focus of your eyes. Unless you have a cintiq/etc you rarely look at your pen nowadays, the amount of owners of cintiqs and other capable monitors for direct drawing on them are very small in a global scale.
So what happens? Instead of hobbyist artists practicing pen exercises they look for brush sets used by pros and focus on the brush settings and on how to apply them. And then... what happens is the brush set controls you and not the other way around. And when they post art everything tends to look the same.
That even happens with professionals. You see the art of A and B and you can't tell them apart. Specially concept designers, because most use photos for textures so the end product is similar. Is it unprofessional? They say it's not so "we'll" say it's not.
I do 3D and my pen is really important for my work. I practice lines everyday to get better, I build my visual library everyday, these are my tools so I work on them. I don't download new brush sets or whatever, mainly because that brush set wasn't done for me anyways.
My workflow is my own, it's a pipeline that I created for myself. I can create a full 3D mecha in 1 day.
I created my personal pipeline because I am in control of all the tools I use.
Control your pen, control your tools, brush sets create bad habits.
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And that's that, cya next post!