There seems to be an eternal argument about tools being important int he creating of good art, and let’s not get into the (in my opinion meaningless) argument about digital versus traditional art. Are the tools important for the creation of quality art? Will the good tools make me a good artist? Maybe, maybe not. I think that good tools can help improve the learning process, or facilitate it, but they will not make anybody a good artist. You become a good artist by putting time and effort into learning.
Since my dear husband gave me a tablet as a graduation present, and since I could actually start using it in June 2008, I feel that my art has improved a lot. Before I was working with a mouse. Sure, I did learn a lot, but I found myself going towards cell shading a lot, not only because I do like the style, but also because the work of painting with the mouse was really hard on my wrist. It is doable! I think my best work with mouse was the Black Mermaid, but it was a terribly time consuming process and strokes were less fluid.
My first work with tablet was Delvyn. She was completely done in Photoshop, and it was very well received, everybody liked her and I think it started a process of experimentation in my artwork.
The fact that you can use the tablet’s pen as a traditional brush helped me in playing more with colors and blends. Which ultimately brought me to where I am now and I hope to keep improving.
But I mainly believe that a good product is achieved only by the mastery of a good artist. There are no magic tools, the computer does not do it for you, you do it yourself through the application of hard work and study.
There is an anecdote that tells how Bellini asked Albrecht Durer to show him which paintbrushes he used to do hair, since his painted hair was nearly perfect. Durer did so and to Bellini’s surprise they both were using the same brushes. In front of Bellini Durer painted some hair. Bellini asked him if the bristles were separated in a special way, to what Durer answered that he was only using a form of symmetry. Thus being reduced to the masterful technique that the artists had so hardly studied during his stay in Italy.
I would love to hear your opinions.