I gather an original piece of art drawn using a tablet and paint tool sai counts as digital art?
If that's the case, then I think "traditional" art is pretty obsolete now. I love browsing through pixiv (most of the stuff on there is done using Sai and finishing touches done with PS) looking at all the new stuff every morning, alot of the people on there are absolutely brilliant artists, Sayori for example, his Neko Works pieces are great and he's a true pro with Sai.
And by the way you passionately speak about how using the mediums of pencil paper etc. makes you feel, I guess you are a traditionalist. But I dont like to label people, so I leave it up to you to define what your style is.
Traditional art is not obsolete. Traditonal art, along with other art related to it, utilize elements and principles that exist even within digi art.
That isnt absolutely true. That art form uses techniques from both fields to produce artwork. An example would be using a digital back ground(or somehing), printing it on metal(or something), and then augmenting it with traditional techniques that can include sculpture(or something)techniques. It is essentially mixed media.tradigital art consists of taking traditional art and transferring it to a computer where its later modded or edited is what i should be saying.
I believe both are art as long as its purpose is to communicate and strikes emotions.
However, if I was given a choice between a good piece of digital art compared to a good piece of traditional art, I'd go with the latter for a couple of reasons:
1. I know that the traditional artwork had more work put into it.
2. I know that the traditional artwork is unique.