Let me preface this blog by saying that I belong to an active and varied group of artists in my area. These talented, skilled artists produce works in all different mediums. I feel blessed to be part of such a talented group of people and have learned much from them.
As with other people in all types of occupations in the U.S., the talk within the group invariably turns to earning a living and the lack of jobs and new opportunities in today's current economy.
Within this group are a number of illustrators who feel that the "computer" and the digital age has put them out of their illustration jobs. I would have to disagree with them. I believe that they have put themselves out of their jobs.
As in any other professional field, the tools of the trade advance and change. The way that things are accomplished is an ever-evolving process. This is not only true in the graphics industry, but in all industries, and it is up to the individual to keep their skills up-to-date with the most current tools of the trade.
Needless to say, the traditional ways are wonderful, and there will always be a place for the traditional artist. There is nothing quite like the look and feel of a handpainted oil or watercolor. The satisfaction that comes from producing such works is immeasurable.
However, if your livelihood is dependent on your ability to produce commercial artwork and the tools of the trade are changing, it is the artist's responsibility to stay updated.
No computer can replace artistic ability. It is merely another, possibly more efficient, tool for creating commercial artwork and illustrations. Failure to evolve your skills and learn new tools and methods for producing product definitely hinders any professional's ability to find a job in their chosen field.
Here, on Dreamstime, I know I am "preaching to the choir-
"- as the saying goes. Obviously, artists and photographers here have kept up-to-date enough to embrace the possibilities of the digital world. However, I am still working to bring the possibilities of digital art to my tiny corner of the world and am receiving very mixed results.