Digital Painting - Replicate the Nuances of Traditional Painting Using a Computer
By: Christina Guerra
Digital painting is the latest art form that originated from some of the more conventional painting methods including watercolor, oil, and impasto paintings. This involves using digital tools on a computer, such as painting software, to create art. Your computer serves as the canvas, while the software is the equivalent of palette, brushes, paint, and other accessories. Now, digital painting and other forms of digital art aren't the same.
This emerging form of painting still closely resembles painting as you would with brushes and a canvas, whereas other types of computerized art refer to editing pictures, video, or making an image from a model. Specific painting techniques are used for digital painting in the same way they are used for physical paintings, the difference of course is the use of a computer to do so.
Non-Linear Method Of Painting
Aside from using a computer, digital painting differs from conventional painting styles in that it is not linear. This results in artists being able to make any changes to their work independently and paint in layers. One of the advantages that digital art has is the ability to redo or undo any work that you have done. You are able to experiment more because of it without any fear of making mistakes. However, an artist still must be skilled in creating art and implementing various techniques that originated from earlier forms of painting.
Some of the best design concepts used in digital painting are also often utilized in video games, TV, and films. A similar environment to traditional painting can still be created by an artist digitally as long as they have the software to do so. He or she will still have a canvas, tools to use for painting, the ability to choose from almost any color, and mixing palettes. Of course, this is all done on a computer and not a physical canvas.
The more experienced advocates of digital art will begin their work by using digital photos to create art work, by using tools such as a brush from software to blend the various pixels together. All the nuances associated with convention painting can be replicated digitally. This experience can be just as exciting, and allow you to express your creativity and emotions just as much as traditional forms.
Digital painting is the new wave of art. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to it, but is a great way to broaden your skill set and challenge yourself.
Christinal Guerra wrote for AbstractCanvasPainting.com, a website that is not online at this time.
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