If you are a tinkerer, a self made man of creativity or has a limitless creative ideas, chances are you will probably get Architecture, Digital Art or Graphic Design in your college. But let’s say, since you are more on technical and aesthetic, you will probably get either Digital Art or Graphic Design. Take note that this is only possible when you follow your passion.

Either of the two will land you as a digital artist or designer. However, there is a glaring difference between the two despite that they are both working in a digital environment.

Digital Arts

Have you heard of digital animators, illustrators, book cover makers, manga artist, art manipulators and those who specializes in 3d rendering movies, effects and other technicalities behind the scene? Well, they are mostly digital artist. Disney 3d movies are don by digital artists put up together into cells, and uses a program to stick it together to form a single frame. The job of digital artists are more complicated. Digital artist uses art software and Pixel Art by Athanasse Zafirov is a takeaway.

Graphic Designer

Designers on the other hand, has more limited work. They can also do some of the tasks of digital artists but only to an extent. Graphic Designer focuses more on print-ads and digital advertising. If you visited the Time Square at Manhattan, you are bombarded with a lot of ad campaigns in print or led formats. Those were created by none other than the graphic designers.


Both careers can be inclined in digital art. Both can be creative and aesthetically done. However, if there’s one thing that differentiate the two overall, it’s the payroll that will make the cut. Digital artists with many job roles and key responsibilities, they can generate more income compared to graphic designers.