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Archive for June, 2011

The Digital Art Revolution

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The digital revolution as it pertains to art and the artist has changed none of the rules but all of the tools. No longer must the painter be concerned with the procurement of paints and brushes. His studio now can be contained within the confines of his computer desk and printer.

On the other hand, the rules of composition, the effect of color on the mind and the implementation of lines and figures in an image are still the pervue of the artist. The digital world has enlarged the scope of possibilities to an infinite scope and Photoshop and its cousins have provided the tools to accomplish his goals. The fear of the realist that includes the authenticity of a photograph has little to do with the enjoyment of a ‘painted’ landscape or the charm of a ‘watercolor’ portrait of your sweet-faced daughter. The fact that a particular animal came from another photograph, was manipulated into a certain location in the new image does not diminish the enjoyment of the viewer. Each element in the art piece exists in nature and has been carefully placed in the composition by the artist’s prerogative according to the artist’s mental image.

Classic artists in the past have enthusiastically employed the latest tools available to them in order to attain their goals. Magnifying lenses coupled with a five sided prism allowed the artist to trace a complicated design or landscape on to the surface of his canvas. When completed, the tracing was painted in and changed according to the artist’s tastes. Even the fact that this process made right handed people left handed and that perspective was unduly exaggerated did not prevent these paintings from decorating the rich patron’s homes and later museums. Today many artists have turned from brushes and paints to the computer and Photoshop.