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The Digital Art Revolution

Updated on April 6, 2012


Digital art is not real art? Purported by my daughter's friend, and i felt slighted. What an ignoramus, i thought! But, then again i realized, she was among many who had no clue what it meant to create art with today's new high tech tools, and electronically. I felt a need to 'educate' the uninformed, therefore this blog. This is my way of disseminating information on the growing global art revolution. I personally needed to know about the community which i belonged, who artists were getting recognized, how good they were, what cutting edge tools were being used. My research brought on tremendous news and enlightenment. It was exciting! I was encouraged to find how dramatic the change in the creative landscape. Someone's ignorance turned for the good, and became my treasure. Among other things, for the first time, I felt a connection with the Masters of old, the Impressionists experience, when they found themselves pitted against the "Realists" beloved by a traditionalist society. Imagine works now valued in the hundreds of millions, were initially trashed, rejected. Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pizzaro, and their peers were art revolutionaries. Today, we witness a new revolution of the oil free, electronic mouse brush, Mac canvasses, programs, applications, themes and subjects via digital photography is limitless, and every artist have access to 24/7 showcasing with online galleries and setting up their own art stores.

Prolific art collector and gallerist Charles Saatchi was asked in an interview, "What do you look for when buying a work of art?" He answered: "There are no rules i know of."

Someone said, the most important thing is to buy the art that moves and inspires you - regardless of whether it was created with a brush or a mouse.

Digital art is now dominating the art world, growing in popularity, price and market. If one is a collector, this is the time to take advantage of the growth trend in the art market. You never know when you may just discover the next Warhol or Picasso of the digital age.

Diane Fenster's Digital Artwork
Diane Fenster's Digital Artwork

It's not 'just' Digital's ART

I often say i'm like a wild child with her crayons, but i consider myself a very serious artist, so much like a painter or photographer, with skill, technique, and imagination. I took a full course in computer, and extra lessons from a personal tutor so i can paint electronically. I create my art with the use of a computer program, and at times, this involves other medium, from photography, canvas painting, and a few other methods and process, depending on where the artistic juice wish to flow.

There are several styles in doing digital art, but the following are the three i am more familiar with:

1. Digital Painting/illustration - Painting on the computer. Most digital painters use a tablet or a pad and pen set that takes the place of the mouse, so they are creating brush strokes and drawing the forms just like a "conventional" painter would do. It is just as complex and as diverse an artform as painting with oils.

2, Photomanipulation - Photomanipulation is a varied field that encompasses slightly edited or superimposed photographs to incredibly dense and textured pieces . It is as old as photography. Before computers, manipulation was done by retouching with ink, double-exposure, piecing photos or negatives together in the darkroom or scratching the emulsion.

3. Collage/Montage -This is the assembling of different images, in my case several photographs, into a new piece, and is a process that lends itself easily to the medium of the copy. This is my current 'challenge', and where i'm pushing my artistry. I have done a few, but feel, i'm not quite there yet.

Like other digital artists, i believe it is important to protect and preserve the ‘originality’ of our creation. There are many ways to do this, and not be fearful of copycats or cyber art thieves.

I thought it would be worthwhile to mention a few digital artists who have made their mark in the world...

Diane Fenster. Her work and efforts have helped the field of digital photography and digital illustration become widely accepted both in the commercial world and within the fine art community. In year 2001 in Tampa, she was the first person inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

Martina Lopez: She has received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches photography and digital imaging at the University of Notre Dame. She received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1992. Martina's digital images are included in the collections of several prominent museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

John Paul Caponigro: He is a renowned artist, author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class, who combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using the digital platform. He is recognized as one of the most prominent artists in the world working with digital media processes.

It requires us to work long hours, putting our hearts, minds, body, and eyesights, concentration, imagination to create...
It requires us to work long hours, putting our hearts, minds, body, and eyesights, concentration, imagination to create...

Photoshopping, one aspect of digital art


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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you sweetheart!

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      Herman van Velzer 

      7 years ago

      Your keen and incisive 'i-nsight deserves 'timely' quote from Steve Jobs," WOW!,OH WOW!!,OH WOW!!!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I am so glad Hello2! I've not written for quite some time, and i wasn't sure i had something worthwhile to say. I feel more encouraged, thank you.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      It was for me a great eye opener. A brilliant hub.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks G! You always make me smile. Life is art, and we all have our unique ways to express ourselves. And i too, love your beautiful loving and generous spirit.

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      7 years ago from California

      IV! I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!! Such artistic talent you have!!! I have learned that there are two ways of thinking. I call it the "old way" and the "new way." Some people just do not like to embrace change...period...ART IS ART.....NOMATTER HOW IT IS PUT TOGETHER.....

      I always enjoy your work and your great big heart!!!!! G

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi jfay!Youtube can be your source of learning some techniques, or additional computer classes, learning about photography and photoshop can be a good start. There are so many programs to use, but try simple steps, then get bolder, and you may be surprised how far you can go. I wish you the best! Thanks for your comment, and let me know how else i can guide you.

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      7 years ago

      really great hub. I'm a photography buff, but haven't learned all the ins and outs of doing lots of digital work to photographs. I seem to know about the basic effects that the software comes with but I don't know how to go in and do all that.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Katrina! Photo collages are always fun to have, or make.

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      7 years ago

      Nice hub! I like to decorate my room with photo collage.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Aloha TOS! Perhaps i can learn from you. I have been meaning to go back to school...maybe one of these days. Thanks for visiting and the generous grade!

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      Christopher Rago 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      Awesome hub. I went to college for Digital Media Arts and I loved it. Up/awesome


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