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In a journal I wrote these words:

"Digital Art is a media like any other. It's not for lazy artists, it's not for people who can't paint with traditional paints. I'm tired of explaining to people that it's not the computer that does the work, that digital paintings are done by hand and that a computer doesn't make everybody an artist (in the serious meaning)."



I said I was tired of explaining, but I'll do it again. So I can link people to this page when I'm in a similar situation. Here I go:

CrankBot commented on the above: "good point, but it will take at least a few more decades and a certain 'disenchantment of the audiences' about the digital media before you see this point as widely acceptable."

He touches a point that every generation has to go through. A certain fear for evolution/change. We're rolling our eyes at old people complaining how easy it is for us kids. We just don't know we'll do the same to the youth in our old days. New technology that makes our lives easier, new styles of music that reflects their world and ofcourse new media to create art.

It will indeed take a few decades for it will be accepted. The problem is: it's not a learning curve, it's a dying curve. The people that will accept it in a few decades is..... us!

My guesses for the unpopularity of digital art, is the common misunderstandings about computer generated art and the way we artists use it. What people don't understand is that every artist in every timezone used his/her ability to recreate nature, to copy a modified version of it. For instance: The Egyptians warped the displayed bodies to show every 'good' part in a single drawing. The incredibly detailed portraits by the Flemish Primitives in the early 15th century try to mimic a slightly more perfect version of the portrayed. How naughty!!

We do exactly the same in our movies. It took us centuries to get a grip on paints and styles, it took us a few decades to discover what's possible with the new technology. For the older generation, seeing a moving image of a person is more honest then a still image, because it's more honest. If it was a photo, it might be possible to be "put in scene", right? With the help of the computer we are able to recreate moving images and making us (or them in this case) believe it actually happens! So we're naughty too right?

But this time, people won't forgive us. This time something is different!

It's a common misbelieve that we are no longer the artist, but the slaves of our own technology. And in some cases, they are right. CGI movies constantly lie to us and if done well, lies so well we can't tell lie from truth. So whenever people talk about fake and wrong, they also mention computer generated (in less words even). Computer generated imagery (CGI) has got a really bad reputation for being not honest. Our technology (Photoshop for instance) has a bad reputation for making it so much easier. To give you an example: A Belgian newspaper had an article on their cover. It wasn't the article that made the news, it was the photo. When people saw the news reports about the photo being altered, they immediately started blaming Photoshop. I heard people say: "They should have never invented Photoshop, how can we ever know what is true and what not?" These words show a narrowminded way of thinking. It wasn't Photoshop, it was the reporter (or whoever did the job) who used Photoshop to alter the image. Way before computers were invented, people were working on photomanipulation. I can agree that people are mad for being tricked and I understand that a newspaper shouldn't be doing this, but blaming technology is the most stupid explination I ever heard. So Computer generated imagery had a bad reputation.

But there is more! It also goes around that there are SO MUCH MORE ARTISTS in this world and everybody who has a copy of Photoshop calls him/herself an artist, and boy, they would all shiver and shrink when compared to Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Why yes, that's so true. But let us think about that a bit. There are a lot of artists alive at the moment, but let us use our history-knowledge to filter out a few. Cover up, this is a blow to the face for a lot of people. Every artist that isn't worth writing about, will vanish in a few days. Every artist that has a few reviews won't be forgotten for.... a few months perhaps. Then there are the more popular artists who are known in the industry (that doesn't mean everybody knows them). They get in the books and they get all the work. But still, there are a lot of those and most of them won't survive history. The artist who will survive are those that makes something new, that changes a culture and is responsible for a whole stream of new art. And I can assure you, those people aren't born in packs! For instance: Michelangelo, Da vinci and every artist we learn about in school. Let us not be foolish and think that Italy only had 25 or 30 artists.

But statistics proof there are a lot more artists today then there were 500 years ago!

But statistics also show that there are less artists in Africa then in America (I can't proof that though, since I don't have the numbers, and I don't say Africa has no artists). People weren't that rich back then, you know. Some (read: most) of them simply had not the money to buy canvasses, to pay an underaged kid to grind their paints and the time to work and develop as an artist. We have so much more influences, abilities and free time on our hands, to engage in art or being artistic in general. And since our technology makes it easier for us to work, the barrier shrinks and more people dare to step over it. This is a curve in history I really like being a part of, and I will keep on promoting Digital art for the rest of my life.

To conclude this rant, I will answer the 'now' easiest question in the world:

"Is this thing painted by hand or computer?"
- By hand, I don't think computers can do this kinda stuff. :)


:peace:
The Interlude by archanN

The Interlude by archanN

The Interlude by `archanN When art is so deeply touching, full of joy, delicated like a soft breeze and eye-catching like The Interlude, not sharing it is a crime. The beauty of each stroke is sublime, almost breathtaking. Like a delicated melody of colours perfectly combined to create harmony, and merged with mastery with Ed Purnomo's picture. An incredible amount of gorgeous feelings will fly from the screen to the audience's hearts, blowing their minds, and warming their souls. Feel the bliss. (Also suggested by ~lost-exile)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by phoenixleo)



fleshing out by stuntkid

fleshing out by stuntkid

fleshing out by ~stuntkid let's us dream again. It's a nice composition with a very subtle colourpalette.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by archanN)



Let it flow by raoxcrew

Let it flow by raoxcrew

Let it flow by *raoxcrew is more than a simple customization from a template. It's an explosion of imagination and originality with a wondrous result.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by archanN)



The date by Grey-Seagull

The date by Grey-Seagull

The date by ~Grey-Seagull The suggester said: "What I love about her work is how she manages to convey the fantastic in a way that is both impossibly beautiful, and yet cleverly realistic, so that at the end of the day, the extraordinary scenes she paints are utterly believable."
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by Exillior)



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imgfx challenge:cybernetic fae by caw

Even cybernetic faes can use a hand once in a while. imgfx challenge:cybernetic fae by *caw
(Featured by Norke, suggested by clo-ne)



Through Your Eyes by erickenji

Through Your Eyes by erickenji

Through Your Eyes by ~erickenji is tender, expressive and gorgeous. One million feelings captured on a wonderful scene. (Also suggested by =xpedr0)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by suzaku009)



Fat Cat, Floss and Fury by Nickillus

Fat Cat, Floss and Fury by Nickillus

Fat Cat, Floss and Fury by *Nickillus is a funny but intriguing scene full of amazing characters, each one with a perfectly defined personality and expression. You should check the rest of the gallery. Wonderful art is waiting there!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by secondchildrenASL)



Blood Llamas by JoshawaFrost

Blood Llamas by JoshawaFrost

Blood Llamas by *JoshawaFrost showcases a bad-ass gang of Llamas with priceless facial expressions!
(Featured by Norke, suggested by Art3misEntreri)



Life in Motion by juliedillon

Life in Motion by juliedillon

Life in Motion by *jdillon82 is so spectacular, rich, emotive and full of energy that I can not stop looking at it. Every single detail is colorful and vibrant, creating a harmonious melody of life and joy.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by archanN)



Vampire magic by DevBurmak

Vampire magic by DevBurmak

What an amazing talent! Be sure to keep an eye open for his other work. Vampire magic by ~DevBurmak
(Featured by Norke, suggested by archanN)



Broom of Doom by MattDixon

Broom of Doom by MattDixon

Broom of Doom by *MattDixon The Suggester said: "This is one of the craziest twists on a traditional character I've seen lately, and it's so well executed I had to get this shared somehow! It's amazingly done and absolutely badass." (Also suggested by =CSnyder and `archanN)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by OneFreeInternet)



BEANBURRITO. by nyface

BEANBURRITO. by nyface

The contrast of the characters warm colors with the coolness of the background really really makes this an eye catching piece. I would also compliment the painterly feel of the over all piece itself. In my humble opinion, Ny's attention to detail in the fur and the use of perspective adds to the worth of BEANBURRITO. by *NyliirLyccanthanii.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by FjoreCat)



The spoiled wizards daughter by Okmer

The spoiled wizards daughter by Okmer

The spoiled wizards daughter by ~Okmer The suggester says: "There is something incredibly endearing about this scene - maybe it's the magical colours, the clever play with light... I just love gazing at all the little details in here"
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by Exillior)



Prince Under Goes Adventuring by killskerry

Prince Under Goes Adventuring by killskerry

The suggester said: "A beautiful and creative piece that really gives our imagination wings!"
(Featured by Norke, suggested by zungzwang)



The Seed by paweljonca

The Seed by paweljonca

From the suggester: "Enjoy the wonders of life, of birth, of Nature. Let your mind ponder, as the smell of wet earth surrounds you, see through The Seed to find what lies behind, but above all please enjoy ~paweljonca's marvellous work!"
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by rydi1689)



Werewolf by Sinto-risky

Werewolf by Sinto-risky

Werewolf by ~Sinto-risky
(Featured by Norke, suggested by rydi1689)



Phoenix by mike-nash

Phoenix by mike-nash

The Phoenix is an alltime classic subject. It's amazing how ~mike-nash keeps the idea fresh and hot. Be sure to give his other work a peek!
(Featured by Norke, suggested by sweetychan)



Little Red Colors by RyuDan

Little Red Colors by RyuDan

Little Red Colors by *RyuDan is both tender and terrorific, with a superb aura result of the impressive colouring. Clean and fantastic!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by chutkat)



Inside my Head by kimag3500

Inside my Head by kimag3500

Inside my Head by ~kimag3500 shows us a huge new world. Pure fantasy!
(Featured by Norke, suggested by archanN)



Lital by Gandalfleblond

Lital by Gandalfleblond

Lital by *Gandalfleblond has an amazing light effect and shows a tender character in a sweet scene with a wonderful amount of details you don't want to miss! Fantastic!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by nervene)



H by anotherwanderer

H by anotherwanderer

The static position and the calm movement seems to help the mood of the painting. Everything in H by =anotherwanderer seems to be in slow motion.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by sweetychan)



Parched Salvation by lpeters

Parched Salvation by lpeters

Parched Salvation by ~lpetersSimply stunning! Strong concept and delirious colouring, perfectly combined in a terrific scene. (Also suggested by =dierat)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by junaidplaner)



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small faces by graphic-staff

small faces by ~graphic-staff demonstrates excellent skills in combining different medias and techniques. The vector lineart combined with the paintlike shading and the simple texture is absolutely brilliant and rather than overshining the details every element enhances eachother. I could use hours on end just looking at this picture and admiring all the small details in it. Simply stunning work!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by LineBirgitte)



Mushroom madness by Real-SonkeS

Mushroom madness by Real-SonkeS

Mushroom madness by ~Real-SonkeS is energic and fresh, with a superb motion effect and a really eye-catching steampunk design.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by junaidplaner)



Jar-Ptizza by Borbel

Jar-Ptizza by Borbel

A captivating piece of work, the vibrant colours and the dynamic brush strokes flow so beautifully well together. Jar-Ptizza by *Borbel shows us that we don't need expensive software to create beautiful digital paintings.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by Bya-Bya)



personal illustrations by logosles

personal illustrations by logosles

personal illustrations by ~logosles is bright and colorful. The pose is simply amazing, and shows personality and strenght! (Also suggested by `archann)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by OneFreeInternet)



No More Makeup by NGArt

No More Makeup by NGArt

The suggester said: When I first saw No More Makeup by ~NGArt I knew that it was going to give me the creep, and I was not wrong, to fully appreciate this work you MUST give full view, you can get that fear building up in your guts as you take a look at the character's eyes, there is something that tell you close the window, but you insist in looking and the chill in your spine keeps you staring, and suddenly you can get that tick at the back of your nape, that's when you know that the image is doing it's work, you are freaked out to the core but still you can't stare away from this image. It is powerful, well executed and it just makes you enjoy the chill.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by BeehiveStudio)



Antediluvian Woodlands by DanilLovesFood

Antediluvian Spirit by DanilLovesFood

The suggester said: Antediluvian Spirit by *DanilLovesFood is a nice illustration with great attention to detail down to the reflections in the water.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by JunkbyJen)



.. Sweet As Candy .. by nevs28

.. Sweet As Candy .. by nevs28

.. Sweet As Candy .. by ~nevs28 The suggester said: "The artist completely succeeded at capturing the sensuality and beauty of the subject, and the way her face shines with colors simply puts me in a "feel good" mood". And I agree, the brilliance of the piece, combined with a fresh, sensual expression makes of it an impressive artwork.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by darkredbbb)



Ex Machina by dark-spider

Ex Machina by dark-spider

The suggester said: Ex Machina by *dark-spider is amazingly captivating, the artists use of color and attention to detail along with the complicated pose and conveyed emotion makes this a beautiful deviation.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by 1Walkingblind)



Favor of the Dead by Graysun-D

Favor of the Dead by Graysun-D

Favor of the Dead by *Graysun-D
(Featured by Norke, suggested by sweetychan)



Atlantis by RaVirr17

Atlantis by RaVirr17

Atlantis by ~RaVirr17 is deep and has an outstanding colour scheme, mising perfectly warm and cold tones to create a gorgeous world. (Also suggested by =junaidplaner and ^Lilyas )
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by Secrets-Of-Paranoia)



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Strict Machine. by HaveConquest

Strict Machine. by ~HaveConquest has a terrific futuristic design and amazing colouring style. Each stroke shows energy and is perfectly executed. (Also suggested by `archann)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by d-oppelganger)



Strange Beauty by trejoeeee

Strange Beauty by trejoeeee

Strange Beauty by ~trejoeeee
(Featured by Norke, suggested by archanN)



The Fire by RadoJavor

The Fire by RadoJavor

What an amount of detail! The Fire by *Radojavor
(Featured by Norke, suggested by RadoJavor)



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virtual geisha by Jaysa-Laser

virtual geisha by *Jaysa-Laser is a delicious mix of electric colours and exotic concept. The cyberpunk touch perfectly combined with a gorgeous drawing style makes it not only eye-catching but also delicious.
(Featured by Atramina)



Always Funk by FabianMonk

Always Funk by FabianMonk

The suggester said: "Incredible, fabulous, amazing! I love how ~monk-art managed to have great lighting effects. Always Funk is really stunning and wonderful"
(Featured by Norke, suggested by jcroxas)



Confrontation at the Skyway by Changinghand

Confrontation at the Skyway by Changinghand

Confrontation at the Skyway by ~Changinghand is a sublime battle scene full of ancient Asia's exotism. Great composition and brave colours!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by mintyy)



Bear and Chipmunk by hellcorpceo

Bear and Chipmunk by hellcorpceo

The suggester said: "Despite its simple composition, I absolutely love the attention to detail that ~hellcorpceo has paid in this painting. The rendering of the light patches and the textures is masterful, too. And of course, the actual subject of Bear and Chipmunk is extremely endearing. I really hope that bear will indeed not eat the chipmunk."
(Featured by Norke, suggested by Exillior)



Full Moon by GBrush

Full Moon by GBrush

Full Moon by ~GBrush The suggester said: "Full Moon isn't just well balanced concerning to coloring, shading and lit technique but it works greatly the proportion and perspective of the image along the canvas, the details are mouth watering, for sure the artist has amazing skills. The emotion express through out the image lines are unable to be spoken"
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by BeehiveStudio)



The Neck by Sussi1

The Neck by Sussi1

The Neck by ~Sussi1 The suggester said: "The Neck is exemplary in relation to detail and realism. The artist captures the characteristics of the mythological creature with precision in an engaging and original way."
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by drop-asd)



Terra: My Inner Universe by shideh

Terra: My Inner Universe by shideh

Terra: My Inner Universe by *shideh. I love when colours blend so nicely, especially when light and shadow is so well executed.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by SirWendigo)



Ajudaris cover by khaamar

Ajudaris cover by khaamar

Ajudaris cover by *khaamar has a pure and innocent spirit simply adorable. The pale, soft colours perfectly combined with the childlike drawing style make of this piece a very sweet sight. (Also suggested by ^elicoronel16)
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by Hellobaby)



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MS paint challenge. by Xphringe

We all know how limited MS Paint is when it comes to digital painting. With MS paint challenge., ~Xphringe show us we don't need fancy effects and brushes. Something else for a day.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by hearttoankle)



Snailfight by ken-wong

Snailfight by ken-wong

Snailfight by ~ken-wong is fascinating and fierce. The concept is simply awesome, and the motion, delirious!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by sambees)



nymph by DawnElaineDarkwood

nymph by DawnElaineDarkwood

It's nice to see how artists are influenced by eachother. nymph by ~DawnElaineDarkwood is inspired on an animated short on dA. Be inspired yourself while watching this nice artwork.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by rins-art)



Whales Orchestra by zgul-osr1113

Whales Orchestra by zgul-osr1113

Whales Orchestra by ~zgul-osr1113 is a fresh and funny melody of colours. Enjoy the beauty and originality of this amazing artwork! Also suggested by =jcroxas: This is absolutely lovely and amazing! The concept looks so great and brilliant, letting us imagine of the wonderful talents of the sea creatures out there. Such a lovely piece for us to imagine and to look at the symbols and meanings carefully.
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by hyenacub)



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maskedstrangerandtherosemaiden by Kippery

The suggester said: "One glance sweeps you into a fairy-tale and somehow you already know their names and their story; something that only used to happen once upon a childhood." maskedstrangerandtherosemaiden by =Kippery
(Featured by Norke, suggested by Yashaswi)



Cheirotonus formosanus by amatizking

Cheirotonus formosanus by amatizking

Cheirotonus formosanus by ~amatizking is both exotic and provocative, thanks to the incredible drawing style, and the clean, gorgeous colours. And the beauty of the design is simply outstanding!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by Hellobaby)



MUSE invincible poster by JACKIEthePIRATE

MUSE invincible poster by JACKIEthePIRATE

MUSE invincible poster by ~JACKIEthePIRATE is a sublime tribute to one of the most amazing songs and videos like Invincible is. The amazing electric colours floating in a deep calm aura remind me to Muse's melodies, always with a bittersweet touch of love present, and transmitting strong feelings to the ones listening. ~JACKIEthePIRATE definitively understand this band's soul and created the perfect visual reflect of an outstanding song. Bravo!
(Featured by Atramina)



white river by Mai-e

white river by Mai-e

white river by ~Mai-e is SO beautiful! Fantastic drawing style and rich colours, amazingly combined with a concept full exotism. Keep an eye on her gallery, amazing art is waiting for you there!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by OneFreeInternet)



Gathered in our sleep by MoffyCoffe

Gathered in our sleep by MoffyCoffe

Gathered in our sleep by =MoffyCoffe makes me wish I had a larger monitor to appreciate all the rich and brilliant colours in all their glory. Not only an outstanding use of colours but a charming composition. Don't miss the artist's comments!
(Featured by Atramina, suggested by suzaku009)



collab keun-chul by falk2021

collab keun-chul by falk2021

~falk2021 and ~Keun-chul prove with collab keun-chul that collaborating in art can be very inspiring. Be sure to check out the steps as well.
(Featured by Norke, suggested by sweetychan)

Here you have all the entries of Wednesday the 28th Themed Art Challenges, part of the amazing :heart: Community Relations Chat Week :heart:!



:star::star: First theme: WHAT ARE YOU IN 50 YEARS FROM NOW? :star::star:

:winner: Winners
Third: im-not-sana with
Second: carostar680 with Art Challenge, Chat Week by carostar680
:winner: First: vesner with :thumb173095999:

All the entries!
:thumb173092004: Follow me by Gonah :thumb173093672: remember me by illusionality 50 years from now... by darue Art Challenge, Chat Week by carostar680 :thumb173095999: Community Relations - Round 1 by hel999



:star::star: Second theme: WHAT DOES FELLA DO IN HIS FREE TIME? :star::star:

:winner: Winners
Third: vesner with fella at his free time by vesner
Second: daisydropper with

Mature Content

Naughty Fella 1 by daisydropper

:winner: First: hel999 with Community Relations - Round 2 by hel999

All the entries!
Community Relations - Round 2 by hel999 Fella Trolls by Isaac-Volpe :thumb173107142: fella at his free time by vesner

Mature Content

Naughty Fella 1 by daisydropper
Naughty Fella 2 by daisydropper



:star::star: Last theme: WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE DA FOR IT'S 10TH BIRTHDAY? :star::star:

:winner: Winners
Third: Athenas88 with :thumb173116510:
Second: Parady with Digital TACS Round 3 by Parady
:winner: First: Isaac-Volpe with Birthday Hug by Isaac-Volpe

All the entries!
:thumb173118224: Birthday Hug by Isaac-Volpe Digital TACS Round 3 by Parady Community Relations - Round 3 by hel999 :thumb173113804: :thumb173116510: DA GIFT by daisydropper

DeviantART Film for Digital Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 19, 2008, 8:37 AM




Oct
19
DeviantART Film for Digital Artists


Even though deviantartfilm had his first birthday, there still aren't many film entries. I guess being a Digital artist, you might not be thinking of adding film. But there are so many possibilities.

You could make a videotutorial about your painting skills, or photomanip skills. You could also make a demoreel with your work. In fact, I just posted a video tutorial on how I made a speedpainting. It's nothing big yet, but I'll be posting a few more later. My next movie might be a small demoreel with the works I made to this day.





Featured artist

:icondangercook:
dangercook was kind of a surprise to me. He's been an active deviant since feb 2006 and he still has only 2500 pageviews. When I added him to my devwatch, I got a thankyou message back. CainKinris suggested him to be a featured artist and I drooled. He doesn't know it yet, but he has a DD today. Go give him the big welcome he hasn't got yet :whisper:

Don't forget to check out the rest of his stuff too.
Ogre Bully by dangercook :thumb93372489: :thumb100376694: Brave Dissent by dangercook :thumb93370744: :thumb93372377:

Previous featured artists: algenpfleger, Hamsterfly, artcova, Lars-Rasmussen


Faverised

This is just a small list of deviations I added to my favs lately.

Pulp Friction by janaschi Scorpion by EspenG Kayla III by PerryGallagher House by Anuk :thumb61298277: insect by tahra

Digital Drawing Day 2010 today!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 4, 2010, 3:23 PM




Digital Drawing Day 2010


Today is Digital Drawing Day! That means you all should start making something nice! Head over to GUIDELINES and win 15 3month subscriptions! (yes, 15!)

Today is about creativity! Let's do it!


:peace: Yannick

Featured artist



Tutorials I created
  1. Megan Fox, the making of [tutorial]
  2. How to optimize Photoshop for Digital Painting [tutorial]
  3. How to do digital bodypaint in Photoshop [tutorial]
  4. Making of Carl and his Big Love [tutorial]
  5. How to colour a lineart in Photoshop [tutorial]
  6. How to get naked in Photoshop [tutorial]
  7. How to animate a mermaid [tutorial]
  8. The Kiss [videotutorial]
  9. Custom dA Header [videotutorial]
  10. Wall E trails [videotutorial]
  11. How I painted Beethoven [walkthrough]
  12. How I painted Lady Godiva [walkthrough]
  13. How I painted Megan Fox [walkthrough]
  14. How I painted Carl and his Big Love [walkthrough]
  15. How I painted the Uruk Stoluga [walkthrough]
  16. How I painted my Selfportrait [walkthrough]
  17. How I painted the Buckram [walkthrough]
  18. How I painted Italian Scum [walkthrough]
  19. How I painted the Gorgor [walkthrough]
  20. How I painted a singlet [walkthrough]
  21. How I painted Grietje [walkthrough]
  22. How I painted Anna [walkthrough]
  23. How I painted Charlize Theron [walkthrough]


Some groups

:iconbelgium: :icondigitalmediachat: :iconphotoshop-tutorials: :icondigital-artists: :iconmasterphotoshop: :iconeliteartists:

Digital art is.... (long update)

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 20, 2008, 1:06 PM




Jun
20
Digital painting is...




Read the article here



A few hours ago, I wrote these words:
"
...a media like any other. It's not for lazy artists, it's not for people who can't paint with traditional paints. I'm tired of explaining to people that it's not the computer that does the work, that digital paintings are done by hand and that a computer doesn't make everybody an artist (in the serious meaning).
"

Part II.


I said I was tired of explaining, but I'll do it again. So I can link people to this page when I'm in a similar situation. Here I go:

CrankBot commented on the above: "good point, but it will take at least a few more decades and a certain 'disenchantment of the audiences' about the digital media before you see this point as widely acceptable."

He touches a point that every generation has to go through. A certain fear for evolution/change. We're rolling our eyes at old people complaining how easy it is for us kids. We just don't know we'll do the same to the youth in our old days. New technology that makes our lives easier, new styles of music that reflects their world and ofcourse new media to create art.

It will indeed take a few decades for it will be accepted. The problem is: it's not a learning curve, it's a dying curve. The people that will accept it in a few decades is..... us!

My guesses for the unpopularity of digital art, is the common misunderstandings about computer generated art and the way we artists use it. What people don't understand is that every artist in every timezone used his/her ability to recreate nature, to copy a modified version of it. For instance: The Egyptians warped the displayed bodies to show every 'good' part in a single drawing. The incredibly detailed portraits by the Flemish Primitives in the early 15th century try to mimic a slightly more perfect version of the portrayed. How naughty!!

We do exactly the same in our movies. It took us centuries to get a grip on paints and styles, it took us a few decades to discover what's possible with the new technology. For the older generation, seeing a moving image of a person is more honest then a still image, because it's more honest. If it was a photo, it might be possible to be "put in scene", right? With the help of the computer we are able to recreate moving images and making us (or them in this case) believe it actually happens! So we're naughty too right?

But this time, people won't forgive us. This time something is different!

It's a common misbelieve that we are no longer the artist, but the slaves of our own technology. And in some cases, they are right. CGI movies constantly lie to us and if done well, lies so well we can't tell lie from truth. So whenever people talk about fake and wrong, they also mention computer generated (in less words even). Computer generated imagery (CGI) has got a really bad reputation for being not honest. Our technology (Photoshop for instance) has a bad reputation for making it so much easier. To give you an example: A Belgian newspaper had an article on their cover. It wasn't the article that made the news, it was the photo. When people saw the news reports about the photo being altered, they immediately started blaming Photoshop. I heard people say: "They should have never invented Photoshop, how can we ever know what is true and what not?" These words show a narrowminded way of thinking. It wasn't Photoshop, it was the reporter (or whoever did the job) who used Photoshop to alter the image. Way before computers were invented, people were working on photomanipulation. I can agree that people are mad for being tricked and I understand that a newspaper shouldn't be doing this, but blaming technology is the most stupid explination I ever heard. So Computer generated imagery had a bad reputation.

But there is more! It also goes around that there are SO MUCH MORE ARTISTS in this world and everybody who has a copy of Photoshop calls him/herself an artist, and boy, they would all shiver and shrink when compared to Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Why yes, that's so true. But let us think about that a bit. There are a lot of artists alive at the moment, but let us use our history-knowledge to filter out a few. Cover up, this is a blow to the face for a lot of people. Every artist that isn't worth writing about, will vanish in a few days. Every artist that has a few reviews won't be forgotten for.... a few months perhaps. Then there are the more popular artists who are known in the industry (that doesn't mean everybody knows them). They get in the books and they get all the work. But still, there are a lot of those and most of them won't survive history. The artist who will survive are those that makes something new, that changes a culture and is responsible for a whole stream of new art. And I can assure you, those people aren't born in packs! For instance: Michelangelo, Da vinci and every artist we learn about in school. Let us not be foolish and think that Italy only had 25 or 30 artists.

But statistics proof there are a lot more artists today then there were 500 years ago!

But statistics also show that there are less artists in Africa then in America (I can't proof that though, since I don't have the numbers, and I don't say Africa has no artists). People weren't that rich back then, you know. Some (read: most) of them simply had not the money to buy canvasses, to pay an underaged kid to grind their paints and the time to work and develop as an artist. We have so much more influences, abilities and free time on our hands, to engage in art or being artistic in general. And since our technology makes it easier for us to work, the barrier shrinks and more people dare to step over it. This is a curve in history I really like being a part of, and I will keep on promoting Digital art for the rest of my life.

To conclude this rant, I will answer the 'now' easiest question in the world:

"Is this thing painted by hand or computer?"
- By hand, I don't think computers can do this kinda stuff. :)


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Featured artist

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Another deviant who is able to use the medium to it's limits. Viktor Titov has a great talent for abstract lighting. He can set a mood by having great contrast and range of colors placed next to each other. I never saw his work before, for he isn't been discovered by the mass yet (so it seems). 13 high quality deviations and just reached his first 1000 pageviews. Hamsterfly earns so much more fans. Let me know what you think of him... oh, and let him know as well. :)

Here's a bit of his work but check out the rest of his stuff too.
Woman-Shaman by Hamsterfly Fire Cavalry by Hamsterfly Life and death by Hamsterfly Knife Thrower by Hamsterfly pomegranate still life by Hamsterfly Beauty and the beast by Hamsterfly

Faverised

This is just a small list of deviations I added to my favs lately.

8 of clubs by janaschi

Mature Content

Final cut by velinov
Sickle in the Haystack by damie-m Ivae by Charlie-Bowater Zalkava commission by janaschi Mr. Freeze by IzzyMedrano

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