Gallery Descriptions and Miscats Month
What is Digital Art?
In modern culture we’re surrounded by the technology and digital media all the time. But not every artwork we can see on the internet is “digital art”, even if it’s displayed on a digital medium like monitor or tablet. This term is used to describe artistic works created mostly on the computer with the use of digital technologies. The works created this way combines artist's talent with the possibilities of modern programs.
There are two main approaches in computer graphics: raster graphic and vector graphic.
What is raster graphic?
Raster is a graphic technique, also known as bitmap, uses pixels as the canvas. These pixels are small points filled with single colour. The more pixels stacked together, the more detailed raster picture can be.
A raster image is characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels (or pixels per inch - ppi) and by the colour depth it can represent.
What is vector graphic?
Vector is a graphic technique uses mathematical algorithms, called paths. These paths contain the information about colours, starting and ending points, and how the line between these points is shaped. Picture constructed this way can be rescaled and edited without loss of image quality or resolution.You can also submit your vector-based images to:
This Vector gallery is meant for pictures created in vector-using programs like Adobe Illustrator or Flash.
3-Dimensional ArtYou can also submit your 3D art to:
3D models are widely used in the modern world, mostly in the game industry and advertisement. The models are based on the grid made of two or more polygons connected with each other by edges. Usually grids are created from triangles or convex quadrangles. In this way, you can make simple blocks, or - if the grid is dense enough - really complex objects.
AnimationYou can submit your animations in other formats to:
Although animation is a wide and diverse category, this gallery is meant for digital animation in GIF format only.
Drawings & PaintingsYou can also submit your drawings and paintings to:
This gallery is meant for raster (pixel based) images, both drawings and paintings created with tablet and pen. Getting a traditional media feel with digital media can be really challenging.
The technical definition of fractal art sounds a little bit complicated:
Fractal is an abstract object used to describe and simulate naturally occurring objects. Artificially created fractals commonly exhibit similar patterns at increasingly small scales. (Boeing, G. 2016)
In a nutshell fractal art is made by the basic shape that repeats itself in complicated patterns with a stunning amount of details. It’s rarely drawn by hand, usually it’s created with computer programs using mathematical algorithms.
Mixed MediaYou can submit your Mixed Media also to:
Artists often use more than one technique in their creations. This approach is often a very convenient way to to achieve the desired effect. Mixed Media gallery is meant for artworks created with at least two different techniques, where at least one is digital.
There is a lot of confusion around Mixed Media galleries. Sometimes it’s hard to judge whether the artwork should be submitted to Mixed Media under Digital or Traditional category. The most reasonable solution, in my opinion, is to let the artist decide which media had more significant impact on the creating process.
PhotomanipulationYou can submit your anthro photomanipulations gallery in Anthro > Digital Media > Photomanipulation category
Photomanipulation is a process of altering and adjusting an existing photographs in order to create desired image. Photomanipulation can range from very simple ones like retouching, or tone changing to complicated ones like photobashing - mixing ready photos with painting techniques.
Pixel ArtYou can also submit your Anthro images to Pixel Art gallery in Anthro > Digital Media > Pixel Art
Some says that pixel art is an image in very low resolution and quality. While this opinion is certainly far from truth, it shows how easy it is to misjudge art by simply not understanding it. Pixel art is from the beginning strongly connected to computer games, when technological limitations did not allow to create more complicated images. Low screen resolution and colour palette limited to 16, 32 or even 256 colours was a big challenge for graphic artists in the past.
During the past few years pixel art made a huge come back to gaming industry. But today, when digital artists can create pictures with advanced technologies and programs, pixel art is simply a one of the styles chosen by an artist to express their idea. This style is focused on creating an image on micro scale, and using pixels as blocks to build an image in a way similar to mosaic technique.
Stereoscopy is a technique used to create a three-dimensional effect, adding a perception of depth to a two-dimensional image. Most stereoscopic methods present two offset flat images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. These images are then combined in the brain to give the illusion of 3D depth.
Text art uses ASCII, ANSI or Shift-JIS symbols to create text based images. Text art was originally used in times when early printers lacked graphics ability or used in early e-mail when images could not be embedded.
While text art can be created by hand it’s much easier to use computer programs and text image generators.
Typography adds the visual component to the written word, to enhance its meaning and make it appealing when displayed. It’s important to emphasize that typography is not only about a choice of font. While the typeface and font are very important, there are other elements that need to be balanced like alignment or the horizontal space between individual letters, and groups of letters.
VexelYou can also submit you vexel art to:
Vexel art is a style in raster graphic mimicking the look of vector images. If it sounds complicated you can imagine a drawing of clean line art filled with flat colour or smooth gradient that is raster based.