Monday, October 20, 2008

digital or traditional

I finally got around to painting this piece in traditional watercolor so I could compare the one I had done previously in digital watercolor. I know which I prefer...how about you?

Traditional Watercolor

or


Digital Watercolor

7 comments:

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I love this Phyllis!!! Beautiful color scheme and that doggie is so adorable!

You make it so hard to choose one! I honestly don't know which I like better.

I love the feeling of your line work against the washes and the strong values of the watercolor version. But then on your digital one, I love the brightness and lighting. Makes it a happier piece.

Beautiful work!

Sherry Rogers said...

Phyllis I am with Alicia. . .it's really hard to say which I really like better. Both are very strong pieces and both have definite strengths. Love the movement in this. You can just feel the little girl pushing on the peddle.

Sylvia Jenstad said...

I have to agree with the rest... both are very cool paintings...

Kate said...

It's a tuffy -- but, I decided I like the traditional watercolor one the best. As wonderful as digital medium is, the watercolor feels so "classic" to me. I love the overlapping washes at the top of the sky. This is amazing.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

oh! I really love the traditional watercolor... my art prof from college got me addicted to textures... so I think thats my reason

this doesn't make much sense, but have you tried overlaying the two in the computer? it is a silly notion since it's twice the work... but I'm crazy about texture

I tried it once and using a mask in photoshop, I was able to have the vibrant colors of the digital with texture of the traditional... gave interesting depth

oh man... now I'm liking the digital.. your choice, I like em both!!!

June said...

I like them both, but the watercolour one wins overall. Something special about seeing the way you handle the washes.

Maybe scan the watercolour one and try just a little Photoshop magic with it to get a hybrid!

Ginger*:)* said...

This is something I have been doing a lot of lately. And when I compare the two, traditional and digital I am always amazed at how much I like each version but for different reasons. For me, at least right now I am loving the painting process in watercolor and transparent acrylics, but I like the options that I have and the brilliance of the digital versions.

Each of your paintings are just lovely and I think either way there is a freedom in your work that is delightful.