Comments on: Digital Drawing: from Zero to Hero Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: Pip Dickens Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:08:24 +0000 This is a very well written article and the references are fresh, intriguing and apt. Very sound knowledge of digital histories and applications too, Mike. I think the point is well made about using digital technology but advancing parameters through skill and knowledge of programming ‘the beast’ to do what you will it to do. I still recall the early computer days when to get it to do anything you actually had to programme it and, therefore, understand absolutely how a computer works! Also, having worked with architects it is a joy to come away from a meeting room strewn with sketches on yellow tissue paper – such is the way of communicating possibilities that have not yet been born – there is something very satisfying about this kind of thinking through drawing. The physical dynamic and sense of time and place that exists in human brain-to-hand (or body) drawing still surpasses, in my view, the clinical yet often fantastic possibilities of the digital. The danger with digital, perhaps, is in over reliance of the parameters of the kit which, ultimately, can restrict both intentions and experimental forays and, worse, turn drawing into designing.

By: Anthony Carr Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:00:06 +0000 Interesting article Mike.
I feel the same could be said about digital photography, when compared to traditional film photography. I still find digital photography lacks that grubiness, that certain something you speak of. Most ‘failed’ digital photographs never get seen, instead are deleted, so quite often supposed mistakes are lost. When in fact those very mistakes could be the most interesting photograph taken that day.

One difference perhaps between computer aided drawing and traditional drawing is that both seem to be able to co-inhabit as different genres. Whereas digital photography seems to be steam-rolling over tradional photography in a way.

Thanks for the thoughts Mike