In a comparison between the materials and techniques of traditional painting and those of the digital artist, art critic, Richard Tobin, notes that the latter’s “recourse to modeling, texturing and rendering software with a mouse and a keyboard…” (Larian also uses a drawing pad and stylus pen)…  “requires the same artistic decision making as a traditional painter’s deployment of conventional perspective, modeling, brushwork and finishing of the painted surface.”

He further states, “if the comparison breaks down on formal grounds, it breaks in favor of the digital image.  It’s technology enables the artist to realize desired qualities of color and light at a level far superior to what can be achieved with hand-applied techniques and organic, volatile, and perishable mediums.”