Digital

If you had a digital commission in mind then it might be better to take a look at this instead.

But digital isn’t real art is it?

Well… I can understand the point of view of people that frequently say that. Both from the point of view of the observer and also of the artist.  But there’s more to it than that…

As an observer when is the last time you had in your hand a physical piece of artwork?

One where you can see the texture of the brush strokes or pencil strokes, can move it (or yourself) around and see different nuances in the art depending on the reflected light.  I am the first to admit, that experience cannot be beaten with digital.

However, for the majority of the time these days we view images on the screen and at that point it makes no difference whatsoever.

And for that matter – some of the giclee prints I’ve seen, which by definition have to have come from a digital source, can appear very much “real”.

I’ve had high quality giclee prints done before on watercolour paper from a scan of one of my watercolour paintings and without a close-up inspection you’d easily be convinced you were looking at the original painting.

Wonder why some are called “museum-grade”?  It’s because a lot of the priceless works that the public are admiring are actually giclees with the real ones locked away for safekeeping.

As an artist then – yes it’s also true that drawing/painting digitally can’t replicate the experience of working with the wet stuff or even the feeling and sound of a simple pencil drawing.

I can state for the record that there will not come a day when I go exclusively digital, even if I can produce infinitely better results and (shock) make money with it (unlikely).

But… even ignoring the one obvious difference that there is an Undo feature with digital otherwise unavailable in real life ;

  • I can do styles and designs which I couldn’t do for real. I can “paint” without the need to set up the components to do so or to clear up afterwards, there’s no need for environmental impact to produce the paints, brushes, paper, etc. And imagine the mess painting on a train !!
  • With the process I’ve used “so far” I can generally change colours and details after the artwork is complete as shown in the examples below.

As I’m relatively new to creating both forms of art I can say that for my part the learning curve with digital and analogue has been the same in terms of time.

In fact despite the advantages digital offers I typically spend 2-3 times the amount of hours as I might do producing an equivalent painting.

I am getting quicker but as it stands right now there’s no magic “paint this” button.  In the future there almost certainly will be, computers can already create convincing artwork autonomously but for me right now it’s still a case of grafting to get the image.

Below are some examples, simply click for a close-up. Unlike the Gallery page these don’t have prices to buy them.

Simply because of the endless possibilities – you could have one of these re-coloured to your own choice, have the details changed, have it as a framed fine art print, get it on a keyring, t-shirt or mug – you could even get it made as a shower curtain or wallpaper !!

So to answer the leading question – yes… digital art is real art… please do contact me if you have any questions.