Art As We Know It Today

Art is an umbrella term that covers many different creative disciplines. No longer is the idea of art restricted to the canvas and oil paints of masters long past, but it is an integral part of our everyday lives. Art is a large part of graphic design, it is utilized in animation, for web design, in films for movie sets and even in photography and audio engineering.

Creative design logos that we see on everyday products are taken for granted by most consumers, yet it is thanks to artistic individuals that we are able to associate name brands with these products. Branding is big business in today’s global market and a well recognised logo can make all the difference in the success or failure of a product.

Animation is moving art and takes great skill to accomplish. Artists spend thousands of hours creating not only the characters used in today’s animated films, but they are also responsible for every detail visible in the individual frame. For every hour of animated movie, thousands of hours have been spent creating the visual feast that draws crowds to the cinemas.

Web design is a booming global industry as it is a method for businesses to effortlessly advertise their service or product. Talented web designers use all the artistic knowledge at their disposal in combination with vast technical expertise to create the perfect web page to deliver your message.

In the movie industry art and artists are used extensively to assist with set design, for the creation of everything from movie posters to the graphic designers and studio artists who work on creating props for the film sets. The creative industry is closely interwoven with the film industry and the work of talented creative people can be seen in every aspect of the creation process.

The work is also evident in the advertising industry in all media, from magazines to television advertisements. Another fantastic medium for showcasing the diversity of art is photography. Thanks to advancement in photographic technology, wonderful and interesting effects can be created with lighting effects and digital manipulation. Photography has become an art form in its own right, yet it can still be used to depict creative images with a unique flair.

Using color effects and tints and a range of innovative programs used to manipulate digital imagery has made photography a diverse creative medium. It is easily accessible by creative individuals who can range from housewives to business professionals to cover a wide range of media.

Whether your intent is to capture the memories of your child’s birthday party or to create a powerful advertising campaign, photography is a wonderful medium for this purpose. The amateur photographer can easily hone their skills by attending photographic training classes that will teach a variety of interesting techniques for improving your skill with a camera.

No matter where you turn, you will find yourself exposed to the beauty that is art. Whether this is in the form of a beautiful painting, a cleverly put together television advertisement or an image in a glossy magazine, art is here to stay.

Cutting Edge Technology With Photos on Canvas

The modern printing equipment and devices as well as the technology of digital imagery have resulted in an innovative technology when it comes to photo on canvas. The desired texture and the true color of a treasured photograph can now be transformed into an authentic photo on canvas. With the state of the art technology that is very much available today, you can create excellent works of art that are exactly the same as the original photograph. Even if it is just a reproduction through digital imaging, you can boast about this great work of art.

A photo on canvas is a good way of bringing images alive. Photographs that you treasure and long to see very often such as, that of a loved one, favorite scenery, or a lovable pet can be more memorable if they are transformed into canvas prints. Displaying this canvas in your room, dining room or having a mini gallery at home and turning them into home decors are excellent ways of achieving an elegant style that you will certainly love.

The state of the art technology and the quality of the fabric used for the conversion process make these canvas prints extra special. The aesthetic beauty of the image is something that you can be proud of. It can serve as your masterpiece. You can also manipulate your pictures and customize them according to your personal preferences. With many choices at your disposal, you can now convert your personal photographs into something lasting. This is another way of expressing yourself in a unique way.

The introduction of electronic artwork made life easier and simpler for art enthusiasts. With just a simple click of the fingers in the computer or printer, you can do wonders with your photo on canvas and other artworks. The introduction of photo manipulation through digital imagery, combined with the classic canvas medium is a cutting edge technology in photography and image preservation.

Many budding artists dream of being recognized for their artwork; just like their contemporaries, who have earned a name in the field of arts, and whose names are engraved in the hearts of art enthusiasts. If you got talent and you can afford the technology, the ladder toward success is not far away. If you concentrate on the field of making canvas prints, you might not only establish your niche in the art industry but will also earn a living from your masterpieces.

It’s Digital But Is It Art?

There’s no denying that “digital art” is flourishing. Digital Art can be original art produced entirely digitally i.e. on a computer without paints and canvas or any other traditional media, or a manually painted canvas that is scanned and then digitally enhanced in any of a variety of software packages (e.g. Painter, Photoshop). Even photographs digitally enhanced with artistic effects fall under this broad term, as does fractal art, which is automatically generated with very little human input.

The tools needed to produce digital art have been around for many years but have undergone a revolution in the past 10 years and are now rich in features that enable digital artists to create works that would have been previously impossible. And these tools are improving all the time. Although it is rather ironic that the improvements to the packages are often measured by how life-like the results produced can be. And by how similar the digital effect is to that created with a real paintbrush. The manufacturers and advocates of digital art tools could emphasise the different and unique effects that they can create, yet they actually promote the similarities to traditional media.

But digital artworks are without doubt creative, and they can be original, evocative, intriguing, beautiful. But there continues to be debate and controversy over whether “digital art” is “real” art. Is the skill and talent required to manipulate a piece of computer software comparable to true artistic talent?

And shouldn’t art communicate something to the viewer? Some forms of digital art (such as fractals) are randomly generated images. In this case, if nothing is being communicated then how can the work be classified as art?

It could, of course, be argued that there is no difference to the casual viewer between two equally beautiful images – one created traditionally and one created digitally. But art has always been about more than a casual glance – it is about getting to the soul of the artist and understanding the message behind the painting. Even with the most simplistic of traditional abstract art there are feelings and messages that the artist wishes to communicate with the viewer.

Another factor to consider is the very perfection of digitally produced work. Just as it has been shown that the most appealing human faces have slight imperfections – so, maybe, the slight human errors on a canvas create an unconscious appeal for the viewer that is missing in digital works.

It is also important to distinguish between “real” art and “good” art. Just because a painting is created with traditional media does not make it “good” art any more than Digital Art is “bad” art.

Maybe in time Digital Art will become one of the widely accepted genres of the early 21st century.

Take a look at these five reasons FOR and AGAINST classifying Digital Art as (the rather nebulous term) “Real” Art.

AGAINST:

1. Whilst, in theory, computers now have an almost unlimited range of colours, if the artist actually wants to print the work in order to display it there are colour limitations in the printing process. And even using the best colour management techniques, there are also variations between the colours viewed on screen and those printed on canvas or paper.

2. Skill and flair are required in mixing paints and applying the paint with a brush.

3. Digital Art is constrained by the size of a computer screen and a workable file size that doesn’t grind your machine to a halt. It lacks the thrill of a huge physical canvas in front of you.

4. There is none of the immersive and captivating smell of paint (although that will be coming soon to a computer near you – check out “Digital Scent Technology”)

5. Digital artworks lack the visual interest and tactile experience of texture.

FOR:

1. Making art digitally is a creative process, just like creating a piece of video art or installation art, which are accepted contemporary art forms.

2. There is a high degree of technical skill required to effectively manipulate the software/tablet etc.

3. Some amazing images have been created digitally and if it provokes an emotion in the viewer then it’s real art.

4. Art comes from the soul of the artist so the artist still needs imagination and talent to be able to transform that internal vision into something real.

5. Digital Art tools have a versatility and power to create effects and combine techniques that could not be done with traditional media.