What is the future of art? Digital over physical?


Art is subjective, and different people will appreciate different kinds of art. A new modern type of art has recently begun to rival traditional painting. This art is digital and has exploded in popularity in recent years. Particular limelight has been shone on a certain type of digital art known as an NFT. An NFT is a non-fungible token that holds value similarly to bitcoin. These NFTs are a form of digital artwork that is given value and can be traded. There are many different types of NFTs, from music NFTs to photography NFTs and even poker NFTs.

To understand what lies ahead for the future of art, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of both traditional and digital art.

Advantages of Digital Art


Starting with digital art, the main advantages are around the ability to share the art with ease and give as many people as possible access to it. There are also some benefits of making digital art.


For people looking to get into art, digital art is a lot easier to start with because almost everyone has a phone or tablet with a touchscreen, and once you have that, you can start practicing making different kinds of art.  With traditional art, you need a whole range of materials and utensils such as paint, a canvas, and paintbrushes. However, smartphones can break, so it isn’t a perfect solution but a good starting point.


Again, digital art can be made with just a smartphone and your hand or a smart pen. You don’t need to carry around all of the equipment and utensils that you would need for more traditional art. If you are on the go, then you can have the canvas in the palm of your hand and start sketching right away.


Because digital art is made with technology, it can be instantly saved and shared with as many people as you like. Some people may argue that you can just use your phone to take a photo of a painting and share it; however, it isn’t quite the same. Traditional art is created to be appreciated in person whereas digital art can be enjoyed through a screen.


Digital art is beginner friendly as you can easily fix any mistake you make by clicking the undo button to remove the error. With traditional painting, you don’t have the chance to make a lot of errors because it can be hard to fix them correctly and is also very time-consuming. You don’t want to waste a lot of your materials amending mistakes as your resources are finite, unlike digital art.

Advantages Of Traditional Art


There are undoubtedly a lot of advantages of traditional art that you just can’t get with digital art. The most important being the originality of the work as well as the ability to make art using different materials to create a truly unique finished product.


A single person makes traditional art, and the final art piece is an original. It can’t be copied and will never be reproduced the same way again. This gives the art a special kind of value as it is one of a kind. In comparison, digital art can be quite simply copied and reproduced.


This kind of goes without saying, but with traditional art, you can use all different types of textures and materials to make something truly unique. You can literally make something stand out from the art piece, which you just can’t do digitally. Digital art is 2D, and that’s not something that can ever really be changed.

Will Digital Art Replace Traditional Art?

After considering the pros of both digital and traditional art, it is clear that there definitely is a place for digital art. However, it is very unlikely ever to replace classic art. In the future, it is likely that there will be more interest in digital art; however, traditional art will always have a place in the art world. People shouldn’t be concerned with digital art taking over. Instead, people should be more open to different kinds of art which can be appreciated in a different sort of way.

Digital art is a gateway into the world of art, and we should encourage more people to get involved and start using their imagination to create artwork that we can all enjoy.


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