digital painting isn’t REAL painting


Yeah, sorry, no. Digital painting isn’t
real painting. Back in my day we didn’t have these newfangled computers that do
all the work for you. Real artists painted with their blood sweat and tears. And no
that is not a BTS reference. So yes, it’s me. Listen brub, a bunch of
people asked me to make this video, and I believe that that’s because those people
were all my friends, and I told them to ask me to make this video. But you know
what, I needed a reason, okay? It just sounds better if you say “a bunch
of people asked me to make this” as opposed to just going off I guess. But
here’s what’s really important. If you’ve been a longtime follower of my journey
here on YouTube, then you already know one very big thing about me: I’m
literally making this video for views. Come on brub. And this one is going to get
quite a lot of them. Look at that title. Look at that thumbnail. I wonder how many
people have already come to just like the video and then just . . . run. But
what I really do want to achieve here is to open a constructive dialogue that
really paves the artistic way for a better understanding of not only each
other, but ourselves. But also views. Today’s video is sponsored by . . . Yikes.
Anyway the argument in this video is very simple, and we’ve been having this
debate for over five decades (which is wild because we weren’t even alive back
then, and we did that.) Said argument: digital painting isn’t real painting.
There are videos on this topic already, but I’m trying to look at this from a
different angle. First off I won’t be discussing whether or not digital art
in general is real art because if you believe that digital art isn’t real art . . .
I . . . you just . . . you know . . . Secondly, I won’t be explaining the meanings of words today
either. See, the actual definition of painting is that you’re using actual
paint, and obviously with digital painting, you are not. However, and this is
wild to me that I have to even say this, but the meanings of words change over
time as new advancements in technology and society are developed. If I asked you
what a desktop was in the year 1955, you would just tell me it was the top of
a desk. But now I’m pretty sure if someone says “desktop” your first thought
is this. See there’s a good reason I’m not making a deep linguistics video, or
an etymology discussion today; and that’s because I have no idea what either of
those things are. The only things I actually read nowadays are tea, shade and
the word of Jesus. And whilst reading said tea and shade, respectively, in the
youtube comment section; I noticed would I call “Comment Crusaders”. The
people who make it their divine mission to educate me and the rest of the world
on their holy crusade of logic and gatekeeping. They just kind of give off
this Reddit energy . . . 4chan energy; and if I’m being honest? Not a fan.
First of all, Comment Crusaders, Reddit called and they don’t even want you back.
They legitimately just called to tell me hi, and that they hoped I was having a
good day, and that they needed my social security number. You know now that I’m
saying that out loud I just realized that probably wasn’t Reddit and I need to go–
Secondly, is it really that important to you that everyone uses the exact right
definitions of words exactly as they appeared in the Oxford English
Dictionary, in the 1800’s, that you were compelled to leave a comment on a
painting video? Explaining to me (a painter) that I’m not actually painting? I
personally don’t think so, but here’s my real response to all of that. So the reason I wanted to tackle this
topic and shed some light on the truths behind this whole debate in the
community, is that I basically got really salty over like one comment. I made a
video about painting and then I get this comment:
“Oh, it’s digital painting, not painting”. First of all, Wandering (if Wandering is
even your real name) I’ve never seen somebody making argument
and then shoot a hole right through their own argument in just six words.
Wandering did that. So obviously, I loved receiving that comment. So of course I
responded like a reasonable, civil adult: “digital PAINTING”. I mean come on,
he called it painting and also said it wasn’t painting. And that kind of leads
into my next idea. So to understand the point I’m getting at here, you have to
look at the difference between drawing and painting. The main difference between
drawing and painting is anywhere from ten to fifty bucks depending on the
commission prices. With drawing, in terms of art fundamentals and not dictionary
definitions, what we’re doing is delineating. We are outlining things. We
are trying to show forms as they appear in 3d space on paper or on screen and
we’re representing that information using lines. When painting, you’re
focusing on shapes and how they interact with each other on the canvas. How you
can use shapes of color and blend them together in a way that represents the
natural world or something from your imagination, is what the process of
painting is all about. You’re not using lines to describe information. Now, there
are obviously lineless styles of drawings that are not paintings, and there
are styles of painting that do use lines. Again, this is referring to
representational art, as in this specific style, in which we are attempting to
describe things that could happen in real life or from our imagination.
Color and light are what we use to show form in
paintings. Now as you may have noticed, Color, light, form, representation are
nowhere in the dictionary definitions of painting.
Why? Because context matters. Obviously when I say “let’s go ahead and paint in
some values” but I’m sitting in front of Photoshop and a Wacom tablet,
I’m not saying “let me go grab some acrylics, some oils and just rub them all
over the screen”. That is absolutely ridiculous, and you know it is.
I’m obviously saying, let me put down some brush strokes (because yes, in
Photoshop we do use brushes) and let me use those strokes to portray color and
light in a way that represents form. bUt HEy, I feel like despite the fact
that I really just tried to kill this entire argument once and for all,
some of you probably watched this video and just thought “this guy doesn’t know
what he’s talking about”, and you know what? Let’s say I don’t. Let’s ignore all
of the points I just made hitherto and talk about your feelings instead. So if
me calling myself a digital painter just ruins your day, leaves you shaking and
crying, and forces you to immediately call the youtube comment police (which is
yourself), then my question for you is quite simple: what exactly would you like
me to call myself? A computer painter? A com-painter? You know, com-painting
doesn’t . . . it doesn’t sound like something I would call myself willingly. In fact, if
you say that out loud, it’s just kind of . . . yikes. Please tell me in the comments
what you think a better or more interesting word for it would be, as
opposed to just telling me what it’s not. This is the bottom line: you know the
truth. The actual truth (and this is what I mean). Personally, I watch YouTube to
learn a thing or two and have fun, but some of you watch YouTube because
4chan wouldn’t load, and you still needed to post your argumentative
comments. You know brub, some of you don’t even change your comments before
posting them. You wanted to write this long essay because it was some perfect
clapback to someone on on the /ic/ thread but then all of a sudden 4chan is
down, yeah? So you just control-v that comment right
into the first youtube comment section that comes up the moment you open the
website, and before i know it, here i am reading some comment about identity
politics and anime art styles. This is the truth: before you comment you already
know people are going to disagree and that you won’t be changing anyone’s
minds. When someone makes a video that’s supposed to be a helpful or entertaining
digital art video (me), and you decide to type “digital painting isn’t real”, you’re
not helping and you know you’re not. What are you accomplishing by commenting that?
Like who actually cares enough to say it’s not painting? I don’t think anybody
truly does. I think that if you do comment that, you’re literally here for
the tea brub. And honestly? Same. That’s just how we roll in the art community,
especially on youtube.com. Sorry to call you out like that. Here’s the portrait I
painted. You can find this image on the community tab on my channel, so go join
the community tab crew. I believe we’re close to surpassing 100,000 subscribers
closer than ever. Anyway, leave a like tell me what you think, and subscribe if you
haven’t already. Thank you for watching, and a big thank you to my 24 thousand
subscribers. Okay bye.

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