The Pros and Cons of Digital Art
By Claire Miles - September 28, 2022

With the rise of technology in the 21st century, digital art is fast gaining popularity. Defined as artistic work that utilizes digital technology for conception, creation, or presentation, this field is gaining traction across the world. While it certainly has many advantages, it is important to acknowledge the downfalls that usually accompany modern innovations.

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Pro: Multiple Applications
Digital Art can be used in countless settings. You can use various software for coming up with creative ideas, and develop your artistic vision from mind to screen in no time. It is often used in commercial fields, such as media advertisements, or animations and visual effects in films, tv shows, and video games. Nowadays, there are extremely specific programs that allow you to explore a multimedia format.

Con: Data Issues
Just like any computer-based software, some issues can arise within the machine that can lead to years of data being suddenly lost. For instance, the breakdown of computers, hacks, or viruses can corrupt data. Artists who have their entire designs stored online can suffer tremendously if situations like these arise.

Pro: Speed and Efficiency
One of the greatest advantages digital art has to offer is the relative ease and speed with which you can edit and create the finished product. Artists can explore their visions freely, with the option to undo and redo steps for as long as they want and be content with the results. On the other hand, traditional art (which involves drawing by hand) is generally permanent. The artist may not be satisfied but not in a position to quickly retrace their steps. Thus digital media is often favored.

Con: The Costs Involved
One disadvantage is the costs involved with technological advancements. It takes extensive time and money to firstly purchase software that aligns with the art you want to create, and then also learn it. If it is utilized in a large commercial setting (eg a graphic design firm) then it takes time and effort to train the staff to operate it. There can be maintenance costs involved to continuously update the art programs as well.