Autodesk Sketchbook Pro seems like an awesome piece of software. With all of these new software and hardware, sometimes I wonder where are we heading? Will lecturers accept digital sketches sketched on a multi-touch laptop? Looks like a very good police sketch artist software to me.
And now we have Autodesk Sketchbook for iPhone, snap and sketch. Trace the outline, anything.
Many years ago, I was involved in a heated debate on the effect of technology and architecture. A junior once said anything produced digitally with a computer is not a form of art; it has to be produced with tools such as pencils, paintbrush and etc.
What is photography, graphic design, and architecture then? When Photography was in film, it is art. Since the digital age caught up, photography is now an engineering course?
Come to think of it, art and design is all about ideas. Not so much of the tools we are using. Tools evolves, it is not limited to pencils, paintbrush, charcoal, paper, canvas and more. Indigenous Australian art (also known as Aboriginal art) is a form of art, what type of paintbrush do they use?
Art is about ideas, not the tools used to create it, be it digital or paper.
Then again, digital is not always the best media. Am puzzled on the court cases and digital evidence, it is not easy to airbrush a photo taken with film, on the other hand photos taken digitally can be easily edited with Photoshop together with the exif meta data.