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Digital Art - A Revolutionary Form of Art

Updated on July 13, 2017
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What is Digital Art?

In today’s society, everything is digital and computerized. We check our email, read the newspaper online, and talk and/or text each other on our cell phones. We can even take pictures or make videos with our phones in this day in age. Now art has gone digital. So what is digital art?

Digital Art can be defined as anything of a visual nature that artists created with the aid of a computer. It is intimately linked to science and technology, which are fundamental to its creation and physical substance. Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. It is subjective and stimulating end seeks to enlighten and entertain. Digital art is like any other art. It is created using a computer rather than the more traditional art tools.

Websites may showcase forms of digital art such as animations and drawings or paintings posted to the site. Synthesized music is also considered a digital art form because technically it is only possible through digital technology. Drawings, interactive installations, screenshots, digital prints on canvas and installation views of photographs are all considered forms of digital art.

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Digital art is quickly becoming a reputable form of art in our society. It is derived from the concept of traditional art forms, but has the components of new technology. There are even museums that are solely dedicated to showcasing different forms of digital art.

Art has crossed all boundaries because it is one of the few things where the viewer can solely define the meaning. The advancements in digital technology allow the artist to create a piece that can now be seen and appreciated all over the world. Digital art has not only expanded the defining of art but has increased the accessibility of art to the world.

Art is not about the tools used to create it, but rather the vision, message, or emotion of the artist. Photography is a medium through which artist's may create art. Likewise, a computer is just a medium or tool through which an artist can express his/her vision of line, form, color, composition and rhythm. It is radically new, and yet many of its facets have grown out of traditional art practice.

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The Main Concerns of Digital Art

It has been argued that digital art is not real art since it is computer generated and there are infinite copies and no ‘original’. When a traditional artist creates a work of art it is one of a kind, it exists physically. Since a digital file is stored electronically and can be reproduced with all of its elements intact, how does it relate to the concept of the original? Some digital artists make a single print from their file and thus have a single ‘original’. Some digital artists make limited editions of their work, while others create open editions.

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Another major concern for digital artists is losing their work due to the computer contracting a virus, the hard drive gets damaged, or a power failure is present during the creative process (that’s why it’s important to back up your work). Though, bugs could also eat canvas paintings, or damaged somehow. Museums had been slow to collect digital art partly because of the impermanence of the media. The links that artists use to create prints simply were not of archival quality. The need to establish permanence for these artworks is fueling the technological advancements required to solve these issues.

Fortunately, researchers came up with new inks that will last for decades if not centuries. The development of the giclee print (a high-quality method of reproducing digital art featuring brilliant, permanent colors) got rid of many of the objections to digital art. Public awareness and interest in digital art is growing - museums, galleries, and contemporary art centres are now showing new media artworks.

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The Digital Artists

One way of gaining an understanding of digital art is to consider the people who create it. Artists tend to be more involved with the process than with the end result, and approach the creation of an artwork as both experimental and evolutionary-something especially true of digital artists.


Michael Oswald

Michael Oswald, also well-known as Michael O resides in California. Most of his artworks are related to digital portraits and photo manipulations. He is one of the most famous digital artists in design industry and featured in various magazines and blogs.

Stanley Lau

Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley Lau's art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle Artgerm, Stanley's art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world.

Paul Davey

Paul Davey, sometimes known as Mattahan, is that rare digital artist/illustrator with a distinctive style that is easily recognized as his own. He paints beautiful images of black people, and every painting has its own story. The paintings are based on his own life and the things he relates to. The most important thing, according to Paul, is that the painting needs to provoke a reaction from him in order to be satisfied with it

Tara Phillips

Tara Phillips is freelance illustrator based in Sydney. She likes to play with themes of Natural Super-naturalism in her work, taking inspiration from imagery that evokes a sense of mystery, nostalgia and reflection. She “has a keen approach, an eye for detail, and a passion for all things creative”.


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When it comes to digital art, a true artist needs to operate the computer to create a piece of art. The non-artist can create an image that seems attractive, but lacks the knowledge of color, composition, content, and more. While the flood of amateur digital art has made some people dismiss the entire genre, the reality is that it takes an artist to create true art.

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Conclusion

Digital art is being recognized as a part of the arts. Three-dimensional television, projection, and immersive environments will become the next media frontier. The union of interactivity and artificial intelligence technologies will expand our options for creating and experiencing media. Wireless technology will also play a very important role in the arts. This is already apparent in the case of mobile phones and PDAs, which began as voice-only devices and have evolved into camera phones with Internet capabilities.

Knowledge of visual design and digital technologies to manipulate multimedia is now essential.

Digital artists will find an increased demand for their work in this increasingly non-textual, multimedia world. Websites, presentations, games, and movies all use digital technologies. Digital art requires a creative spirit and the knowledge of art, design and computers. The digital artists must be able to move easily between the worlds of art, science, math and technology. Is digital art really art? Of, course it is. Art is what artists make.

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