The current state of “art technology” is amazing and it’ll only get better. I am talking about “Art Technology” here. This technology-based digital fine art is a fairly recent phenomenon and it is here to stay.
In the beginning, our ancestors started scribbling shapes on caves walls with stones. Don’t know if these scribblings had any higher purpose or were simply a pass time for a person bored of daily chores.
After stones and cave walls came paper and ink, canvas and oil colors, watercolors, acrylics and so on. Today if you walk into a modern art supplies store, you’ll be amazed at the variety of products with which you can create art.
Then came the computer, digital pads, “Cintiq”s, and iPad Pros and a long list of software apps that allow you to create art. With the virtual reality world ever-expanding, digital art will have more and more avenues for being displayed.
I personally use apps such as ArtRage, Adobe Sketch, Procreate and Adobe Draw to create fine art and illustrations. It is easy to mix multiple digital mediums of painting such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, etc to get the effect that we want. Ability to add layers and control their transparency, undo, redo and all conveniences of working digitally, are also provided by the apps. Sometimes this ability to do anything is bad for real art. Constraints are necessary for good work.
The tactile experience
The charm of painting with a real brush on real canvas is still unmatched. The tactile experience of art-making is still not available in the digital world. With technological advances, this gap will become narrower in the future for sure. In all likelihood, this proliferation of digital art will make real and physical art even more precious.
As artists, we have to keep up with new art technology. At the same time, we have to have our feet grounded in real art that can be touched by hand.
What’s your take on this? I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section.
Keep making art,