i much prefer 'traditional' art. personally, i am not talented in drawing, painting, etc. i have an art show every year at a local gallery, but it consists of installations (such as spiritual altars), conceptual pieces, multimedia works, e.g., photos of and/or by me, collage, etc., illustrating poetry i or loved ones have written. i imagine that there are photographers who feel akin to the initial post in this thread: that traditional means of developing and altering photographs have been largely edged out by the promulgation of digital modalities.
it is much the same in the music world. there are analog purists but it is largely digitized now.
please know that within kumoricon, there is enormous respect for traditional artistry of various forms.
among the ways this is seen is that this year, what was last year's Beta Station--a room dedicated to Fan Fiction all con long-- is now the Fan Creation Station, -- a room dedicated to both Fan Art and Fan Creation all week long.
we will be holding art contests as well as fanfic contests. the categories announced in advance for the art contest are: best original character(s), scene, and/or universe; and best canon-derived character(s), scene, and/or universe. there will also be spontaneous, themed contests introduced throughout the con. moreover, we are having our first manga contest. (as much or as little of a complete storyline as one wants to turn in.)
there are almost no rules; we want to be as inclusive as possible. both non-digital and digital art will be accepted. if there are a large number of digital entries, i will render that a separate category, so that there are not concerns about judging between "apples and oranges" or whatnot.
in addition to my personal judge's choice awards, there will be awards by peer acclaim; stop by and vote, whether you are one of the contestants or not!
paper, pens, pencils, markers and crayons will be available for those who want to just make art to relax, to illustrate their own or others' fanfics, or to enter any of the contests.
hope to see you there, and thanks for bringing up a frustration many share about the lack of outlets for non-digital art!
please feel free to offer any feedback, contest / activity suggestions, or even volunteer!
fan fiction programming coordinator/ fan creation station facilitator.