Image by Sean Jakes-Wass
A question we have often been asked…..
Digital Art (sometimes called New Media Art) is the modern term used for artworks that are created by using non- conventional methods or technology. Digital art is now a respected art form and occupies a place in modern culture. Digital art is like any other art. It’s just it is created using different tools than the more traditional arts. Art is not about the tools used to create it. It is about the vision, message, or emotion of the artist.
Painting, drawing and photography are mediums through which artist’s create art. A computer is just a medium through which an artist can express his/her vision of the formal qualities of art including line, form, colour, texture, composition and rhythm.
I found this great explanation from the website of a digital artist
In their opinion Digital Art can be broken up into different categories… not unlike the category of Painting.
The artist uses a digital or conventional camera. The photographs are digitized and translated to the computer environment where the artist uses image editing and special effects software to perform darkroom type manipulations.
This combines the disciplines of photography and painting. The artist uses image editing and paint software to go beyond dark room techniques to add further expression to the image.
This is a technique of combining many images from varying sources into one image. This is most commonly achieved by the use of layering techniques in image editing and paint software. The artist may also use images from x-rays or radar to produce images that the eye does not normally see, which expands the realm of human perception.
Integrated Digital Art
This is the “mixed media” of the digital art world. Artists combine any number of the techniques to achieve unique results. The digital environment is much less restricted than conventional mediums in this type of integration and manipulation.
2D: The artist creates 2D images totally in the computer virtual environment with the use of painting tools that emulate natural media styles. Sometimes referred to as “Natural Media”. 3D: The artist uses 3D modelling and rendering software to essentially sculpt in virtual space. This method also makes use of all of the other methods.
The artist uses vector drawing software and creates the image totally in the virtual environment. This makes use of shapes which are outlined and can be filled with various colours and patterns. This tends to produce a harder edged or graphic look.
This is art produced exclusively by mathematical manipulations. This is the so-called “computer generated” art. The art here lies in the invention of the mathematical formulas themselves and the way the programs are written to take advantage of the display capabilities of the hardware. The art also lies in the creative intentions and subsequent selections of the artist/mathematician.