The Most Popular Type Of Digital Art – Surprised?


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Digital art has been around us for more than a decade already, but it could be because of the explosive interest in NFTs that it has gained more spotlight than ever before. The avid hobbyist and digital art professionals have already been on the scene for a long time. Let’s explore the most popular type of digital art in the digital art genre.

Key Takeaways

  • 2D Digital art is the most popular type and or style of digital art.
  • Character design is the most popular type of 2D digital art.
  • Digital art websites show the trending and most popular digital art topics from which the data can be accrued.

Digital Art Styles And Types

There are more than 20 different digital art styles and types, and many more will be created in the coming years, just like AI art and Generative art has surfaced in the previous few years.

This list includes the known forms of digital art:

  • 2D Digital Painting
  • AI Art
  • 3D Digital Painting And 3D Sculpting
  • Generative Art
  • Pixel Art
  • Fractal Art
  • Algorithmic Art
  • Digital Photography
  • VR Painting
  • 2D Computer Graphics
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Photobashing
  • Photo Painting
  • Data-Moshing
  • Dynamic Painting
  • Digital Collage
  • Raster Painting
  • Vector Art
  • Integrated Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer-Generated Digital Painting

If you want to read more about digital art types, head over to this article: Digital art styles and types.

Biggest Digital Art Websites

Artstation and its website traffic

We have to expand our research to popular digital art websites and see what kind of user traffic they have approximately. The biggest digital art websites, such as DeviantArt and Artstation, will give us a good starting point for our research.

The total visit(s) value is only there to get an idea of the number of visitors the site has, so we can determine that Artstation, for example, is a suitable site for further research. Artstation has roughly 30,000 artists selling digital products, so we know that artists are using the website. When we look at the trending artwork on Artstation, we can see that the majority on the top of the page is about character design and digital 2D artwork.

Trending artworks on Artsation

DeviantArt, on the other hand, reports that they have over 61M registered users on their platform. In other words, there are more than 61M digital artists on their platform, uploading new artwork daily. Visiting DeviantArt’s homepage and searching topics, we can see that the top topics include AI art, digital art, fan art, photography, fantasy, anime, and manga.

Top Topics on DeviantArt
Digital art in DeviantArt shows that 2D digital art is the most popular digital art type online


It’s hard to say for certain what is the most popular type of digital art, but with the research done for this article, we can at least conclude that 2D Digital art or 2D Digital painting is the most popular type and style of digital art. The research shows that inside the 2D digital art style, character designs are the most seen types of artwork, at least on DeviantArt and Artstation, which are one of the biggest digital art websites in the world.

FAQs For Most Popular Type Of Digital Art

What is the most popular digital art software?

Considering that 2D digital art and 2D digital painting style is the most popular digital art type. It’s safe to say that Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, and Clip Studio Paint are the top three digital art software as they enable artists to draw 2D digital art with ease.

How many artists are in the world

Arts.gov has released a publication that states that there are roughly 5M artists in the workforce in the U.S.; it’s not a number we can solely use. While we could pin down the number of artists that do specific kinds of creative work (fine artists, designers, animators), we need to remember that the U.S. is only part of the world. Calculating that the U.S. has roughly 332M people and 5M are artists, it gives us that around 1.5% are artists in the U.S.

Compared to the rest of the world and the 8B people living in it, using the same 1.5% we get that there are roughly 120,000,000 artists in the world. DeviantArt reported that they have over 61M registered users, which would give us that there could be roughly 61M digital artists worldwide.

What digital art sells the most?

Printable art (this is digital art as it’s delivered in a digital format to the customer) sells the most. The research was done in an article (best-selling printables on Etsy), showing that printable art was one of the highest-earning digital art products.

Regarding pure digital art, NFTs and the artwork of Beeple: Everydays: The First 5000 Days sold for $69M in Christie’s auction.


NFTs are currently the most lucrative way to sell digital art. The best way is to sell 1:1 digital collectibles.

What Is Digital Art?

Digital art is a form of art created with the help of digital technology. It includes various forms such as vector graphics, 2D digital painting, 3D modeling and animation, motion graphics and video editing, photo manipulation and retouching, web design, and development, AI art, etc. Digital artists use computer software, whether art software or 3D software, to create their works.

What digital art is popular right now?

AI art is currently popular. You can see that by going to DeviantArt (one of the world’s biggest digital art websites) and seeing the top topics. Top topics show that AI-generated digital art is currently trending and popular right now.

What are the 7 types of digital arts?

  1. Digital Painting: This type of art involves using digital tools such as a graphics tablet, stylus, and software to create works that resemble traditional painting styles.
  2. 3D Modeling: This form of digital art uses specialized software to create three-dimensional models for animation or video games.
  3. Motion Graphics: A combination of animation and graphic design used to convey information engagingly through moving images and text.
  4. Vector Art: An image created using mathematical equations instead of pixels which allows it to be scaled without losing quality or detail.
  5. Audio Visualization: Creating visuals based on sound data such as music or speech patterns by analyzing frequency, amplitude, and other audio parameters over time with specialized software like Max/MSP.
  6. Generative Art: A form of computer-generated artwork that is algorithmically generated from a set of rules determined by the artist themselves. NFTs collections are generally created using this method.
  7. Augmented Reality (AR): AR is an interactive experience where virtual objects are superimposed onto real-world environments in real-time using mobile devices equipped with cameras and sensors, such as smartphones or tablets.


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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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