According to past studies and research, it was found that many designers and artists prefer the traditional ways of sketching and designing on a canvas with a pencil or pen. However, with the advancement in technology, innovations have brought the traditional experience of designing very close to designing on a digital platform. New inventions like smart pens, a stylus for touchscreen, pen tabs, etc have literally changed the way how artists are experiencing their passion for drawing in the best ways.
Digital was of designing and sketching has opened several new doors of opportunity to explore the world of art and creativity. Digital approaches such as the use of tablets and smart pen can never replace the importance of pencil and paper, though, the apps and hardware leveraging the latest technology advances are closing the gaps with undeniable benefits in artistry, accessibility, and efficiency.
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You cannot find inspiration by just being in front of a canvas or a computer. A past Harward study found that distraction is a key variable for creativity. That means, it’s more fortunate that a genius idea may appear when a person is not in his studio.
Most of us always have our phones with us. No matter where we are, we are always equipped with an unlimited toolkit of apps and services that can help us turn raw inspiration into usable assets such as shapes, color themes, patterns, and brushes. This accessibility allows designers to capture creative inspiration wherever they are and design it immediately.
Digital drawing saves time
Whether be it oil painting or pencil sketching, it takes a long time to set up with the tools and equipment. It takes time to mix up colors and even longer to clean the paint pallets and brushes after wrapping up. But when it comes to digital painting or sketching, it takes less than 10 seconds to start a digital oil painting, and after wrapping up, it hardly takes a click of a button to save and clean the canvas. After finishing off an oil painting, it takes a lot of time to completely dry out. Whereas, you don’t have to worry about the drying of colors while working with pixels.
Digital drawing saves money
This might sound strange, but digital art is indeed cheaper than physical art. A tablet, a better quality smart pen, and the right apps and software might cost around $1000+ but physical art tools are pretty expensive as well. Pencils, canvas, papers, paintbrushes, easels, paints, palette knives, and all equipment that are required get expensive and they all need replacements through time as well. All these together can easily reach that $1000+ mark and can go beyond.
Future of digital drawing
The integration of mobile technology and hardware into the ideation and conception stage of the creative process may sound new to some designers, but it’s not. Along with the expansion of hardware and apps, the capabilities are also evolving to better emulate the paper experience.
In this way, more designers will be able to adopt digital drawing as an integrative part of the creative process. Along with the advancements in technology, digital drawing will also enable new forms of expressive paintings such as painting different lighting environments or adding 3D elements to the art.
Wrapping It Up
The use of paper and pencil will undoubtedly be obsolete as a medium for production, ideation, or publication, but the digital creative process has gradually emerged as an increasingly faster way to capture the ideas, iterate, and turn concepts into production-ready designs.
To promote this change, the Quill Bundle is launching soon and is undoubtedly capable of disrupting the smart pen market. Having the ability to accurately capture over 16M color makes Quill the world’s smartest color-picking stylus. The Bundle also consists of the Qube which works as a wireless charger for Quill alongside being an Alexa-enabled speaker, and the Quill app which is one of its kind 2D/3D drawing app. The combination makes it a must-buy, and gift it to your children this holiday season.
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