Digital Art and the future…
Historically, art and technology have always been closely linked (even long before DaVinci drew plans of his inventions). The distinctions between different types of art – painting, sculpture, architecture, craft – are also a recent concept. Artists have always been quick to utilize new tools and materials; change is an integral part of the artistic process.
A millennium ago, most images were created with fresco or mosaic. Experimentation, new technology, and rediscoveries brought in such choices as egg tempera, oils, and watercolor. The invention of paper not only expanded the production of books, but also made drawings, sketches and prints art forms in their own right. Photography opened up a whole new world of artistic expression, first as its own medium, then as a tool to assist the artist in other media, or as an integrated form using a combination of photographic image with other art techniques. Photography allowed images of artwork to be distributed to a more extensive viewing public. Photography also served a more journalistic, documentary purpose.
Artists began expanding on other aspects of art, whether story-telling, visually expressing philosophical or political concepts, or expanding on means of expression.
Computers have provided a new means of producing art – we have a new “canvas” on which to display our creations, and we have a new form of “paint” with which we can create. The options for creating digital art are numerous, and I have only begun to explore a few of them. Presently, I have several preferred techniques: significantly altering digital photographs, scanning painted surfaces into digital form for manipulating into new forms, and “painting/drawing” digitally using a graphics tablet. Naturally, I mix these techniques as I feel the image requires. These creations can be printed in a variety of choices – paper, canvas, plastic, aluminum – or published directly to computer screens. The options keep growing in number.
Keep checking in to see what new techniques I try next!