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Artscolumbia / Media arts  / Digital

Digital art emerged as a response to modern media. In an environment of communication and technology, art is searching for new forms. For abstract art technology is not a novelty, but an opportunity to form the idea of a work in the mind of the viewer. Digital art is free from some kind of direction; however, it can be characterized as since-art.  Artists seek to answer complex questions of modern times about the impact of man on the planet, the social role of technology, the globalization of technology, the “Internet of people.”

Digital and Traditional Art

The emergence of digital painting is usually referred to the 1990s, at that time SVGA monitors and video cards capable of displaying 16.7 million colors appeared. Initially, this direction was developing in the US, but soon the torch was picked up by Europe and the Asian countries. Now it art is already becoming commonplace.

Digital and traditional paintings are not rivals, there will always be fans of one or the other, but the final result is difficult to distinguish even for a professional because only the means and technology for achieving this result vary. Both traditional and digital paintings are completely created by the hand of the master, so the latter has nothing in common with Photoshop. These two areas are united by the fact that only a real artist, who knows the basics of drawing and the art literacy (the perspective, glare, reflexes, color circle, etc.) can create a picture with the help of technology.

Digital painting has a number of advantages over the traditional. The computer performs the functions of the easel, and paints, and brushes. And this greatly simplifies the life of the artist.  He does not need to mix colors; it is enough to just choose the right color, shade, and the right brush. It is possible to cancel previously performed operations and be saved at any stage of the work, returning to it when it is convenient for the artist. All this significantly speeds up the process, and therefore the price of this painting is more sparing than traditional.  The quality of the drawing of digital painting, as well as the traditional one, depends only on the talent and painstaking performance of the work of the artist, but, unlike the traditional, the computer-created picture can be adjusted at any time.

Stages of Creation

1.      Initially, the artist needs an idea, inspiration or just an order. Typically, the customer comes with a photograph or a copy of the famous canvas, or a simple explanation of what he wants to get eventually.

2.      When the order is accepted, the artist starts to work and manually draws a “task” on the graphics tablet. He uses a whole set of online brushes that mimic the “physics” of conventional ones.

3.      After processing the picture, it is printed on a linen canvas. In digital paintings, acrylic and textured gels and oil pastes are used, which also has a significant effect on the speed of the order, because they dry up in one day. After printing the picture, it is again drawn and varnished from aging and destroying.

4.      The finished picture (a stretcher with a canvas) is inserted into the frame from the baguette.

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