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Candy Corn and Sweet Tooth 2.0
posted: October 18, 2006
After I uploaded the first Candy Corn and Tooth Image last night, I had a gnawing pain in my gut telling me I could have done it better. I initially thought I should do it digitally but brushed those feelings aside because I thought I SHOULD paint it.

Why? Because of something I call digital guilt. I have a stigma about my work... thoughts that it's inferior to something hand painted. I'm definitely now more comfortable in Illustrator than with a paintbrush and canvas. After all, you make a mistake on a painting and there's no command+z.

Does anyone else struggle with digital guilt?
10 comments
David Goldin October 18, 2006
Digital guilt is for old people- young people don't know the difference. When I see this version 2.0 compared to the first version it's like looking at a sketch and then the finish. It's great you pushed yourself. Besides that- I think the candy Korn should have one of his lustfilled eyes open and on the prize.
Brandon Reese October 18, 2006
Thanks David! Good suggestion. Good to know I'm not alone, Laura:) and yes... hip, hip, hooray for the computer!
Bob Staake October 18, 2006
i have been trying to find the best way to respond to people who have this bizarre, unenlightened and moronic attitude towards digital art -- and goldin sums it ALL up in one succinct phrase: "digital guilt is for old people". 'nuff said!!!! no, wait -- jussssst a little more: to all the old people who believe an artist needs to get gouache under his/her fingernails before you can call it art: +++ ride a horse to work because it ain't REAL travel if you're driving a car +++ grow your own carrots and potatoes in your backyard because buying 'em in a supermarket is cheating +++ turn off the sound on that movie you're watching because jolson should have kept his big, fat grease-painted mouth shut +++ send a letter to your cousin mabel 5 miles away because picking up a telephone and dialing is just waaaaay too easy +++ take a stroll down to the hudson with a duffel bag full of dirty landry because these washing machines prevent us from experiencing the joy of banging a pair of 501s against the rocks dylan went electric and every folk idiot went ballistic. the dude was an artist, NOT amish. you wanna paint with a brush? fine. you wanna paint with a mouse and wacom tablet? fine. you wanna paint with a twig dipped in berry juice? fine. brandon, you can paint AND work digitally. so can i and EVERY other illustrator i know who now works almost exclusively digitally. it's ironic to me that when people display this attitude, they ONLY paint with brushes and are incapable of understanding how to create work digitally. interesting story: we were at dinner at the home of a couple friends a few months ago. she's an abstract painter, he's an abstract sculptor. they're both older than me and they have this absolute fear and distain for computers that is downright sad and embarrassing. anyway, they invite another couple -- and he's a graphic designer/artist. he and i are getting along just great and are able to carry an in-depth conversation about digital AND traditional art -- but our hosts can't. then the hostess leans over to my wife and actually SAYS "yeah, but do these guys know how to draw?". why my wife didn't bitch-slap her right then and there, i have no idea -- but i stopped everyone silent and said "hey, i can draw CIRCLES around anyone at this table with a hunk of charcoal, so bring ON the life drawing class!". the other guy, HE can draw like gangbusters, too. needless to say, i'd had it with the host and hostess -- a pair of artists who SHOULD know better. Disrespect the computer and you disrespect me -- and i sure as phuck don't justify my art or how i create it to a couple of struggling abstract artists. okay, i've vented. i feel better.
Brandon Reese October 18, 2006
Bob- I was wondering what your thoughts would be on the subject. Thanks for the great feedback and encouragement to NOT feel guilty. You are absolutely right. My name is Brandon... and I am a DIGITAL illustrator! I loved your dinner party story. Guess you won't be taking them up on another invitation.
David Goldin October 18, 2006
I was up at the studio and got to thinking... my heads gonna roll for the off the cuff comment I left. Then Bad Ass Bob comes to my rescue. Phew... for now. But I shouldn't have said old people- old thinking people. I went kicking and screaming into the digital age, and never looked back, only forward.
Bob Staake October 18, 2006
you're right, david -- you shouldn't have said "old people". you should have said "old farts"
Edel Rodriguez October 18, 2006
Brandon, Whatever works for a project. I work both ways and never guilty about anything. Well, maybe when I eat too much chocolate ice cream or something.
Edel Rodriguez October 18, 2006
Oh, and I think the digital is better in this case.
Brandon Reese October 19, 2006
Camila- Thank you... I'm blushing :) Leo- Guilt is ditched!... establishing the 'hot Argentinean women's fan club'. Edel- yeah, the digital is better. I agree. Chocolate ice cream? Mint Chocolate chip, baby! David- I like the way you are thinking! ooo, better yet. I should trade services! The ADA can bling out my grill with diamonds and platinum. Wooot wooooo!
HildaRose November 9, 2006
First off, cut the old crap. I think you may be talking about me. And thank you Bob Staake! I switched to digital a year and a half ago. The world of print production and web will never look back. Colour reproduction and editorial changes are a breeze. Just came back from a workshop given by a top Canadian traditional illustrator and she showed us all her versions of an individual image and she did that to check the colour ideas for a portion of the picture! Do an illustration over from start to finish!!? Never again! My theory is: if you have a client then go digital. (And I am over the age of 40!)