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Can You Tell If These Drawings Were Made Digitally Or Traditionally?

There's a fine line.

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We gave one of our designers a Surface Book for a week. Can you tell which of the following were made traditionally and which were drawn with Fresh Paint?

  1. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Digital

    "I spent a semester in Florence, and when I was trying to think of a landscape, this was the first thing that came to mind. The clouds are pretty cool – one of my favourite parts of the painting. This is my first Surface painting. I drew it and then painted over it a couple times."

    Digital
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  2. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Traditional

    “I don’t really use [blue pens] that often. Honestly, it was while I was working, and I needed to get a pen from the supply closet, and they were out of black pens. But there’s something really nice about using ballpoint pens. It gives you a really different texture."

    Traditional
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  3. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Traditional

    "I had finished the painting without the hamster, and I thought it looked boring, so I put the hamster in. It definitely made it way less serious as a painting. I kinda sought out to just paint what I saw, but then it started looking a little cartoony, so then I just went with that."

    Traditional
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  4. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Traditional

    "This is a portrait of my boss when he was 12 years old. Look at that smirk – more of a scowl. And the necklace? It’s a middle school thing. I think I wore a necklace in middle school too. Probably for like a week I just had one random chain that I found. But yeah, I was really inspired by this."

    Traditional
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  5. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Digital

    "It's my co-worker's dog. I was showing someone how the Surface worked – on that painting – and I thought I was going to erase [the white splotches] right afterwards, but I looked at them and thought, this looks kinda cool. I mean, we can say it's paint on a fence – that's not a bad idea."

    Digital
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  6. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Digital

    "I don't really know anything about water towers. Do people use them anymore? I don't know. They definitely look cool, so I just thought I'd draw it."

    Digital
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  7. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Traditional

    "I really love animals wearing hats. It’s like my favourite thing. I made an alphabet book of animals all wearing hats. I don’t know. Animals can wear hats too. I don’t see why not. I just think they look kinda funny with hats on. Especially a frog."

    Traditional
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  8. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Digital

    “I really like bears. I think they’re cool. This is my favorite of the Surface drawings. It felt the most like an actual pencil sketch while I was working on it. I think it was able to capture the way I sketch and my style the best."

    Digital
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  9. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Digital

    "That's my plant. I think plants naturally lend themselves to be painted with watercolour because of the little 'happy accidents' that happen — it makes it look like what actually happens in nature."

    Digital
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed
  10. Correct!
    Wrong!

    Traditional

    "You know, they always say, 'Show, don't tell,' but I like to do both. A lot of illustrators and designers like comic artists use [text] like a fun, little toy. It's fun to label things, even though it's really obvious. Yeah, obviously it's a truck."

    Traditional
    Via Dan Blaushild / BuzzFeed

Can You Tell If These Drawings Were Made Digitally Or Traditionally?

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All illustrations by Dan Blaushild, BuzzFeed / Picture frames via Thinkstock.

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