Tuesday, November 4, 2008

CG vs. traditional media

I said from the start that I'd like to keep this blog anime free. But I like how my latest CG turned out and wanted to share. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, do let me know which one you prefer more. :)


0.5mm mechanical pencil, PaintTool SAI 1.01 & Photoshop CS2, 11x17 in. resolution

I was originally going to do this as a watercolour/gouache painting. I was figuring out the composition and colour scheme on Photoshop CS2 first, but I got way too carried away and finished colouring it in PaintTool SAI.

After finishing it as a CG, I wonder if I could've pulled it off as a watercolour painting. I had 10 layers, tweaked colours, rotated elements, saved 3 different versions at a time, and ctrl-z'd like a crazy person. But with a watercolour, once the colour's down, it's there for good (well, it's removable to some degree). I think this is why I'm always so impressed by people who work with traditional media - something like watercolour is so unforgiving (thank goodness for gouache). And there aren't nearly as many shortcuts e.g. using images from the web as patterns or textures or changing the entire colour scheme with a couple clicks. On the other hand, there's no material costs except for the initial investments in a computer and tablet.

Any thoughts on CGs vs. traditional artwork?

6 comments:

Kat Tang said...

They're both so good! For some reason I feel like the one on the left is more ethereal and also more realistic mood fitting. Yet the one on the right has a more soft forgiving light. I really like the flowers in the one on the right. Goodness, this is one downside of computer art - so many possibilities and you can CHOOSE from them.

Lettie Lo said...

ur art are so charming tooo!!! thanks for dropping by my blog ~ i love this cg's lighting ~~ both are good but i feel the right one strikes my eyes more and it's more appealing maybe cus i love colours ~~ keep working !! are u in art school now ?

Joyce said...

@ Kat: Thank you! :) Omg yes, I have 4 different versions of this saved (and I'm talking layered, full resolution versions with like...slight differences). The files from this drawing alone are eating up half a gig of my hard drive...

@ Lettie: Thanks for your input! <3
Yep, only part-time though, taking a few courses. :) Would you mind if I linked you? *0*

Geov said...

coooolz...!

Now go do the watercolour version!

Lettie Lo said...

yay link trade <3

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