I’m Not the Digital Man I Thought I Was

Digital art has changed the way creatives and artists work.

Preliminary sketches, inking, coloring, distribution, monetization, audience interaction…. These and more are done in new ways and will continue to change as technology and our society adapt. I love all that digital has done for me, but I have a secret…

I function better with physical things.

It sounds strange, but I would love everything to be digital. I imagine a life for me where all photos, books, videos, notebooks, sketchpads, daily planners, etc., etc. were all stored digitally somewhere else. Then when I need any of these things, I can access them from any computer or mobile device.

We live in a world where this is possible; I guess I am just not ready for it yet.

I own a lot of DVDs; I like to have a physical notebook as my planner, my wife and I have an impressive book collection, and I prefer drawing on paper than I do a Wacom Table.

I want to be paperless!

I do.

The problem is that I find myself to be a physical person. I love creating plans using my giant whiteboards or sketching comic book panels on used printer paper. There is something about the physical contact and manipulation that technology still hasn’t mastered.

It could be because I grew up before computers were everywhere and my first experience with computers were in a classroom with black & green monitors.

Maybe each future generation will feel a deeper physical connection to technology on a level I have with a pencil to paper. Or maybe technology will be adapted to be more like physical interactions. Either way, I dream of a day when I am a fully “digital man.”