Curse the digital age. I hope you find time to retype it.
Digital is a mixed bag. It’s an additional medium to work in and not so much a replacement for the old. But to a lot of people it really is a replacement, and it’s a replacement that reinforces bad habits. There are plenty out there who would learn the fast way instead of the correct way. Take the shortcuts before learning why they’re shortcuts. I find it mildly ironic that many digital paintings are praised for being indistinguishable from an oil or water colour painting. Why fake it when you can do the same thing with the real materials? It’s because it’s faster once you’ve learned how to do it.
How does that make Digital a mixed bag? It’s because there are still those who spend the time to learn the proper way to sketch and paint and shade and express things from cloth folds to fruit decaying with their work. A wacom tablet shouldn’t be considered a replacement for paper, but a reasonable alternative, since you’re still using the same drawing skills for the end result.
This probably sounds different from my earlier statements, mostly because I was playing an extreme side to spark replies. I’ve still noticed that many students my age who are taking classes for art, post secondary, seem to really hate the projects designed to enhance fundamentals. They don’t want to spend time on “stupid” projects because they could just as easily google image search for what they need and use that instead of instinctively knowing the right way to do it. It’s just easier to use a computer.
I imagine that instead of “are we getting too digital” I could have named this thread “are art students getting lazier”
As pointed out by many, there are, fortunately, still artists out there who don’t see these fundamentals as stupid but rather important, and those are the people whose works will stand out from the masses.
And forgive me if I’ve managed to repeat myself, I sometimes tend to do that.