Many people are sometimes confused about what a digital painting is compared to a traditional painting. Most seem to understand is has something to do with the computer, but how it is executed is a mystery. Or others have preconceived ideas about the process that are not necessarily correct.
Because I learned as a traditional artist first, I approach digital painting in the same exact way I would create a watercolor or a drawing. The tools are different but, for me, the process is the same. The slideshow of the unicorn is an example of the progress of a digital painting . It's not any different than if I had painted it on a canvas or illustration board.
I use a digital drawing tablet along with a stylus that acts as my paintbrush or pencil. In Photoshop, I have dozens of different brushes that create any art texture that I desire in the same way different paintbrushes create a certain look on a canvas. I can replicate any real-life artist tool.
I am there for every pencil or brushstroke, just like I am with a traditional painting. I don't use techniques where the computer creates a painted look (and those are out there) for many reasons.
I like creating it myself-- I love the painting process --I have a lot of patience and I'm not looking for shortcuts.
I don't think it looks natural when the computer does the work. I can always spot it when someone uses these programs.
When you use a program that creates a painted or drawn appearance, then millions of other people can create same look. The artwork becomes unoriginal.
I'm a big fan of traditional art and I don't want to see it fade away into history. And I don't think it will.
But I am also a giant fan of digital art and my hope is people will see it for what it is --a new artistic medium that is now a part of our culture.