The main difference between digital and traditional painting is the non-linear process. That means, as a digital artist I can often arrange a painting in layers that can be edited independently. Also, I have the ability to undo and redo strokes which frees me from the linear process. As a digital artist I have several tools available to me that are not available to the traditional painter. Some of these include: a virtual palette consisting of millions of colors, almost any size canvas or media, and I have the ability to take back mistakes, as well as erasers, pencils, spray cans, brushes, combs, and a variety of 2D and 3D effect tools.
As a photographer I began processing my film in my home dark room. Now my photos are processed digitally within my full frame cameras and on my computer. I also have been a traditional painter, stretching my own canvas, mixing my acrylic paints manually in my home studio and now I'm painting with oils and watercolor digitally. It is my sincere hope that the end products provide it's owner with a lifetime of viewing enjoyment. - Russ Harris, Digital Artist
Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a graphics tablet and software.
In the close up on the left of my digital painting entitled "Iceland's Black Waterfalls" you can clearly see the details that one would expect from a painting. The canvas texture, brush stokes all created using traditional painting techniques but within the digital environment.
On the right is my watercolor painting of a Red Betta Fish entitled "Koi Betta" showing the detail of my watercolor print. I use traditional painting techniques to create my digital watercolor and oil paintings within the digital environment.
Digital painting programs try to mimic the use of physical media through various brushes and paint effects. I typically use many different brushes that are digitally styled to represent the traditional style like oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, pen and even media such as airbrushing.