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I was on tumblr in class today (Macro Economics LOL) and I stumbled across a particular post in the Artist Confession blog about how Photoshop is not 'intended' for art/drawing and was pushing that artists who use this tool are misguided etc etc yadda yadda. The comments were pretty backlash filled, but I wanted to post a journal concerning it as I have come across alot of artists (including old Idols I've had who have said time and time again that PS is 'not a legit means' of making good digital art/painting/etc and other tools like Corel Painter, SAI, and Illustrator are." Here's the deal, in case any of you are under the impression that you can only create art using the tools designed for the job or specific task of doing so:
Program function is largely irrelevant when it comes to digital art. Yeah, I said it. Yeah sure, Adobe might advertise that 'Photoshop is designed to work with photos (hence the name) and that it isnt really designed for digital painting/art/etc, and that other programs are designed for such, or your art teacher might say 'digital programs like photoshop aren't legitimate means of creating works of art for the sake of the traditionalism in art that they staunchly believe in. PROGRAM does not and never will define the artist or the quality of their work. I have seen spectacular works of art on dA, done in programs ranging from MS PAINT to Microsoft Excel, or even traditional mediums going from candlewax to barbeque sauce. If you have the creativity, what the hell does it matter if some program is intended for a different purpose than you are using it? YOU define the creativity, YOU define how things are used. If you can make something fantastic using something unorthodox or unconventional means, what art teacher or person is able to tell you otherwise? Yeah people will have opinion on what defines art, but that's your job, and if they don't agree with your methods of creating it because it seems 'illegitimate', then so be it.
(end rant because I'm leaving class.)
You and your own creativity define your art, not the program, or the media.