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Traditional and Digital Mixed Media

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 3:50 PM

Fix That Miscat! is a series of articles aiming to  help you distinguish between galleries that are commonly confused or  abused in the category system here on deviantART. In this occasion we'll  talk about Mixed Media, both Traditional and Digital.

Mixed Media

Mixed  Media within deviantArt refers to artwork in the making of which more  than one medium has been employed. For example, a drawing that combines  color pencils, watercolors and inks in the same canvas.

hope by ryky
Music for my eyes by NekroXIII

To  be considered as Mixed Media, an artwork needs to combine 2 or more  traditional or digital mediums. However a big misconception is that  Mixed Media refers only to artworks combining digital AND traditional  and this is not entirely true. The combination can also be between traditional mediums only or digital mediums only and in fact, when you intend to submit to this category, you'll find that  you'll have to choose between one of the following:

Traditional Mixed Media

In Traditional Art, Mixed Media involves the combination of two or more traditional techniques such as oils, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, pencils, collage, acrylics, ink, etc.

 Stellar Horse by hontor Hyena by Skia
 Light bringer by AlviaAlcedo DOODLE: AWESOME MONSTERS!!! by vicenteteng

Digital Mixed Media

In Digital Art, Mixed Media involves the combination of two or more digital techniques such as digital painting, vector, vexel, 3D, photomanipulation, fractals, etc.

Reawakening by mOsk Plague Ship Sails into Korvosa by yanimator
Line-Dots-Seperate by YukoRabbit Inhale Exhale - The 7th Hour by emilieleger

One of the most common situations when it's difficult to determine if an artwork should go into one category or the other it's with Photomanipulations. To read more about the differences between Photomanipulations and Digital Mixed Media click here

So, what about combining both Digital and Traditional?

As explained earlier, Mixed Media is a combination of mediums, which can be between traditional only or digital only, so what about those that combine both?

deviantArt doesn't have a gallery dedicated to these pieces that combine both digital and traditional techniques, so it's up to you to determine which one is more predominant and then choose the more appropiate category. For example, a drawing done with pencils, scanned and then added other digital elements alongside other heavy edition should go to Digital Art.

Gift: The Fox and The Maiden by Edenized

If the traditional part of the artwork is more predominant, by adding just some minor digital elements and other minor adjustments, then it should go to Traditional Art

Sanve portrait by Nordeva

I hope this makes it more clear about what is and what isn't Mixed Media. Stay devious! - Thiefoworld & Astralseed

Who takes suggestions for these categories?

Digital Art > Mixed Media
Thiefoworld & mamiffer

Traditional Art > Mixed Media
Astralseed, STelari, deshrubber & SRudy

An in depth explanation of what is Digital Media and what should and shouldn't go in this category.
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KALgraphics Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you, you helped clarifying this issue for me
TenchuandAnimeluver Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I wanna do both! I have a lot more to learn! ^^
nekoluver15 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
this was so helpful!!
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
eurekasfray Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Suuure :D you're welcome
pica-ae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I think it's rare, but you never know :)
TheCures Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
that's okay, I don't mind that others see it differently
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, of course. ;P
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congrats. You caught me.

Anyway, you misunderstand. Not everyone uses tools the same way. I actually use the brush tool fordrawing. A plain circular brush. Much like the shape of a pencil lead. If I want to paint, i use bushes that work in similar ways to real brushes, tilt, smoothness, shape like filberts or fans, etc.

They were given to be able to give a sense of familiarity to the new tools and styles. I see many digital arts that look like traditional, because the same overall method was used. Sketch, linework, shading, color in that order. You can not say you think we should give them different names when the process behind them and of making them are the same! Just a different medium. It makes no sense to change digital "drawing" to digital " word of choice".

I agree, the names of the tools are odd. But for one, knowing most artist I talk to about digital agree, the pencil tool sucks. It is not the same type of tool and often thr brush tool is favored more. I completely understand that aspect of your arguement. But I think you are out stretching it a little.

Glorious? Really? The terms are not bring neglected, simply edited to fit modern times. It is quite normal. I can assure you 50 years ago, the term phone meant something different. So are you saying phones now a days should not be called that since they have a completely different use now? They act like computers, and phones, so they must be renamed. Same logic.

And everyone is an artist. Everyone interperets the terms art and artist differently. Some use it with little to no morals. Some are just like you and me. Frankly, I am appalled at your use of artistic te
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