You'd think so... but it seems like everything is getting bashed on in some way or another.
I had a professor in art school that I butted heads with quite frequently because he hated illustration and thought that it was the lowest form of art possible. To him, any modern art that wasn't abstract was crap.
Most abstract art isn't my cup of tea, but I do get where people are coming from with it and won't outright bash it.
When I hear people say that I ask them if that means photography isn't art. After all the camera does everything for you.
I've personally put as much as 8+ hours in setting up a picture to render, not including the final render. Mind you about 1/4 of that is small, low-rez renders to test how a certain change looks. I've found 3d renders to require quite a bit of skill, it's just a different skill than putting pencil/pen/brush to paper/canvas.
Also (because one can't edit their posts I have to double post... <.<; ).... amen on this use of artist owl for the decried issue. Digital art can be just as complex as traditional... unlike what some people seem to think