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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 & vowbreaker

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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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Doesn't feel much like dA support to just call myself something I already know the vector gm doesn't agree with and just hope I'm not removed.
dA should support artists.......not suppress creativity in my opinion. I don't even feel like drawing anything now.
eurekasfray Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
"An in depht explanation"
Oops, you have a typo :)
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I dunno what you're talking about :shifty: thanks
eurekasfray Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Suuure :D you're welcome
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so is my artwork mixed media since i only use one photo and a lot of brushes?? :P
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
According to [link] yes, because in order to be considered a photomanipulation, it needs to combine two or more photographs.
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:crying: so i have to change all my dark,fantasy works into mixed media?? :cry:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
You don't need to, but maybe you could consider it for your future submissions :)
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Aptly put.
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