Manual Drawing versus Virtual Drawing

You’ll have to look towards virtual art and work with a graphics tablet at some point in your art career. If you aim to be a concept artist, virtual drawing is inevitable.

What are the areas of comparison between conventional drawing and virtual drawing? Is the transition from conventional drawing to virtual drawing worth it? What’s the fundamental difference between both forms of drawing?

This article will be answering the above questions by providing an in-depth comparison between both drawing forms. Through this article, you should have significant knowledge of what to expect from your switch to virtual drawing.

The Difference Between Manual Drawing and Virtual Drawing

For some, virtual drawing has more advantages than manual drawing or painting. This is because virtual drawing gives you a wide array of options in terms of color options, paintbrushes, the ability to superimpose various layers and edit your work. Having this level of control over your work gives you god-like power over your art.

On the other hand, manual drawing limits you because you can’t undo your work in progress or superimpose various layers.

Secondly, virtual drawing is compatible with design applications such as Photoshop. This further enhances your power over your art. However, Photoshop serves you best when you’re already skilled in virtual drawing.

Manual drawing is not virtual, to begin with, so there’s no way it will be compatible with virtual design software such as Photoshop.

There’s a lot to learn and master in a virtual drawing to attain a god-like power over your art. For instance, it takes time to get accustomed to the sensitivity and pressure points of a display or graphics tablet.

Similarities Between Manual Drawing and Virtual Drawing

Both drawing forms involve using a pen or pencil. This means both require good drawing skills. Also, you should be familiar with the basics of drawing to achieve anything in either form of drawing.

Though virtual drawing has features that can mask a mediocre artist, you have to be really good at your art to have a distinctive artwork.

Mastering either form of drawing takes consistency, patience, and determination.

Pros of Virtual Drawing

  • It offers more options and possibilities in terms of editing, color choices, and so much more.
  • You can easily correct your mistakes or undo them.
  • It’s quicker than manual drawing.

Cons of Virtual Drawing

  • It can be slower than manual drawing if you’re a novice or have no idea what you’re doing.
  • It cheapens the originality of artwork since copies can easily be made.
  • It’s expensive because graphics tablets and virtual art software cost far more than the tools required for manual drawing.

Pros of Manual Drawing

  • More affordable than virtual drawing
  • Not reliant on electricity, unlike virtual drawing
  • It gives your artwork “authenticity.”
  • Manual drawing really makes you learn art because you don’t have the many advantages that come with virtual drawing.

Cons of Manual Drawing

  • Slower than virtual drawing
  • Very limited; no editing, superimposing, and so on
  • Harder to correct errors or mistakes

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