Digital art has become quite a popular medium in the last 50 years. When most people picture it, they think of animated movies, or 3D cartoons. In reality, there are tens of hundreds of digital art methods out there, and most combine different qualities in their work, whether its manipulating photography or painting over a 3D background. A quick examination can begin to show just what kinds are out there, from the simple to the obscure.
Some digital art forms thrive off of recorded video. A method that consists of taking regular clips, and turning them into something puzzling and intriguing. From our classes, we have observed one man’s video, where he cut out everyone but the one basketball player. Instead of a stadium full of cheering and celebration, the player skipped and yelled in an empty room. This created a confusing yet interesting feel for the people that looked upon it. Another example is the artist that drew with sidewalk chalk, and by taking pictures with only one frame, he was able to edit it into a video, making the pictures seem like they were moving.
Another form is more common practices, such as animation in 2D and 3D. Both are tipically created on the computer, leaving claymation and traditional 2D collecting dust in their once popular field. Though, occasionally movies such as “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Lilo and Stitch” come out, using the old methods. These two mediums can be used from character design, to major movies, to short “flashes” on the internet, by lesser known artists.
There is the form, now, of digital painting, quite popular especially among websites like DeviantArt.com, as millions own and update accounts consisting of this form, whether its fan art or their own characters. It usually takes place on Photoshop, though other popular programs consist of Sai, Manga Studio, and Corell Painter. In this medium, people can use the paintbrush tool with a wide variety of brushes, combined with layers and effects, to create.
Photo manipulation also takes place now more than ever. With Photoshop, the user can cut out a deer, paste it to a background of a different photo, add weird effects and lightings, or paint on top of it. As such, many photographers frequentl take advantage of its “quick touchups”.
From what we can see, digital art isn’t going anywhere for quite some time, destined to evolve and improve rapidly. Very year new technology is developed, some take mere months. But as such, older traditionally oriented artists have noticed such, and taken hold of the tablet pen. Where the art industry blows us next, we are awaiting.