It's just a tool or a medium. Painting with oils and painting with acrylics is still painting; just like drawing with a tablet is still drawing. Digital art is just regular art done in a digital medium.
It is meant to exist on a digital plane or created digitally. But there's a lot of blurry spots as I'm sure you know, things that were digitally enhanced or finished or digital models printed out in plastic with a 3D printer.
True digital art to me is an artform which cannot exist without computer technology. Vector art can be done manually, sculpting: same thing. Computer generated images (fractals) such as this one is true digital art. [link] No human can reproduce this amount of detail manually (and not be bored in the process...)
For one it consists of pixels as opposed to clay or oil paints, etc... And until you print it, you don't actually have a physical copy of your artwork, it only exists in virtual world, I mean computer screen, excuse me
Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is "clean". Digital art generally looks cleaner than traditional. You can achieve the clean look with every medium of course, and you can make a 100% digital picture really messy. But to make a traditional painting look clean, you still have to get your hands dirty, and making a messy digital picture requires no dirty hands at all. So this is my association. It's more because of the method, less because of the result.
"A digital system is a data technology that uses discrete (discontinuous) values. By contrast, non-digital (or analog) systems represent information using a continuous function. Although digital representations are discrete, the information represented can be either discrete, such as numbers and letters or continuous, such as sounds, images, and other measurements."
that's it. it has nothing to do with what painting techniques you use, or whatever other nonsense...it's literally just a classification of how information is stored...which clearly has profound implications, as digital and analog art both contain very different possibilities.
Digital Art is the same. It's just a media used to express your ideas or used to make your idea happen. Things like book publishing and graphic design are almost exclusively end product digital, and are printed on digital printers. Without digital art the old techniques are time consuming and less versatile (but can still be used if one wants to).
I have also wondered this. If you draw something on paper, ink and then scan it but add colour and digital effects to it, is it traditional art or digital art or something else? I do this kind of art sometimes but I am not sure how to classify it.
I have a pen tablet and I still do a lot of my intial drawing by hand. It's quicker and then it's in a book so I can flip around a lot and keep my ideas where I see them. They're hidden in a computer file.
I make a lot of textures by smearing paint and all kinds of fun things, scaning them and using them in layers over my work. It's such a fantastic way to get unique textures.
Any kind of art made with a digital device (computer, mobile phone, etc.) is digital art. There is nothing else that defines something as digital or not. Technique or history have nothing to do with it.
Yes you use traditional techniques on a digital platform. But much more then that too. Using coloroverlays, ctrl+z, gradiant maps, blurs etc. It all works really different. It's like a bike and a car. They both are used for the same thing (transportation), have similar aspects (wheels etc.), but are very distinct. The same goes for art I guess. They are both used for the same things (producing something beautiful, useful, emotional), have similar aspects (composition, color, value etc), but use very different methods to go there. Something else that I find really different is the end product. Digital Art will (almost) always remain flat, while traditional paintings have structure. But then again, you can make digital media move and do other things.
I would say that it is the TOOLS you use. If you drew/painted something in the computer with a mouse/a tablet/an iPad, it is Digital Art. Techniques are things that you learn and apply. It is the medium of presentation that classifies it as Digital Art.
In a way, photomanipulation could just be digital artistic scrapbooking.
Dunno about my answer but: Digital art is art created through Digital Media. Compared to traditional since traditional uses real life tools like paintbrushes although in digital, they emulate the tools in a digital platform.