A bit of history
We witnessed a huge IT revolution in a very short time. The first calculator was built during the World War II to decode the Enigma algorithm. As peace was restored and decades passed, computers became appliances in every house, like the washing machine or TV.
Computers also grew in power and devices, went mobile and more interactive with touch screens and augmented reality.
Nearly 60 years later, we can't imagine our lives, work and fun without a computer or smartphone in our hands.
Being an artist today
Due to a variety of reasons, the majority of processes in the art field quickly translated from traditional media to digital tools.
- There's more demand for digital content than ever before: webcomics, games, ebook covers, websites, etc.
- Digital is easy to modify, endlessly.
- Digital processes allow non-destructive work: for example, you can redraw an arm and keep the old one available on an hidden layer.
- Publishers and printers expect you to send them digital files.
Most artists are as good on paper as on the graphic tablet. They just happen to work digital everyday. They only need a pencil to sketch and refine their lineart, then a scanner and -PUFF- they continue digitally. Moreover, an increasing number of artists only draws completely digital.
So, as a modern artist, you'll spend your everyday sat in front of a screen and a graphic tablet. As soon as your career progresses, this can change without the slightest warning and you should be prepared.
An artist’s career doesn’t start and end in front of a monitor.