Embracing Digital Art

First I must clarify that there are many forms of what could be termed digital art. Many people falsely believe that digital art only refers to an image created on a computer or particularly a tablet. Not correct of course. We accept without question that photographs and videos are part of the digital art movement and have been for a long time. And now sculptures are being produced through the remarkable 3D printing machines. Is that real art? More on the latter pretty soon.

We have already touched briefly in a earlier blog on the digital manipulations occurring in the world of photography and this also applies to the creation of videos. We have looked briefly at the digital works of David Hockney and earlier Frankie O’s One Drawing a Day. So how are you feeling about the revolutionary invasion of technology into the studio?

I hope you read yesterday’s article by Monika Zagrobelna Is Digital Art "Real" Art? Facts and Myths About Digital Creating. I also hope you have begun to accept digital drawing/painting as the real thing. The argument isn’t about liking digitally produced works; it is about accepting them as a legitimate form of creativity. In my opinion digitally created images have a special place in the world of creativity. Here is another digital work by David Hockney to help convince you. This one is titled Red Pots in the Garden.
(Credit: Evening Standard)

I can assure you from experience, digital art is not easy, in fact it’s damn hard. In my opinion to create a digital image you are satisfied with is much harder to achieve than to create a pleasing painting. The only easy part of being a digital artist is that you don’t have to care for your tools of trade in the same way as traditional painting requries. So long as your device is working everything is at your fingertips, literally. Gone are the hours spent keeping your brushes and paints in pristine order or lugging a carload of paints, brushes, easel, canvases etc half way across the countryside. Not that long ago following a week painting in The Grampians, I loaded several completed works into my XV (cross vehicle) and started for home. As the works were in oils and therefore still wet I had to place them carefully side by side. Unfortunately I decided to go bush on the way home to look for ideas to paint-completely forgetting about my wet passengers. Over the rough tracks that so characterises our countryside my works of creativity slid into each other and literally wiped out my week’s work! Fortunately one survived as evidence of my endeavours. Next time I go bush I’m taking my fruitpad and fruitpencil! I've been practising in the backyard.

Now that you are on-board (hopefully) with digital art, I want to share a couple more digital artists that I think are particularly good. Today we will look at some of the works of Jeszika Le Vye an American artist who describes herself as an imaginative realist painter, combining her loves of Classical Realism with a passion for sci-fi and fantasy and produces creations such as shown in the Hero Image today, titled Gravity and Light. And below is Peter Pan.

(Credit: ArtStation)

Jeszika Le Vye said of this image: Every month, I try to create a piece for the bird whisperer project and last month, I thought that I just wouldn't have time. But this painting had other ideas lol. The bird of the month was the silver cheeked hornbill - and as I was admiring the reference photo, this spooky figure just appeared fully formed in my imagination. The painting seemed to paint itself!(ArtStation) The above painting appeared to Le Vye almost fully realised in her mind, and she began working on it before planning a concept or narrative. As I painted it, the piercing eyes of the boy kept bringing to mind Peter Pan, she says. I imagined this ageless child living away from reality in his own world, kept company by natural wonders and his own shadow.

I find this image of Le Vye's breathtaking as is the title: Memories that Hollow.


Le Vye's explains: For this painting, I was very focused on creating a strong composition using value structure. I had a lot of fun on the environment with this one, and I am starting to feel like all my years as an oil painter are really tying together with this new exploration in digital painting. (ArtStation)

How could anyone say this isn’t real art?
Jeszika Le Vye’s work explores themes of psychology and philosophy. In my art, I explore what gives a thing its substance, its soul, she explains. I'm sure you will all like Camouflage and isn't the misty background just beautiful.
Bait is a little more challenging! (ArtStation)

And what do you think of They Breathe Fog They Dream Rain? Very interesting titles aren't they.
(ArtStation) To complete today's blog I will leave you with Sweet Tooth.

One thing is sure- digital drawings/paintings are here to stay and are now being accepted in exhibitions in their own special category. I do have one little confession. Whilst I am fascinated by the digital world and what technology can produce, I do miss the texture oil paints can create on canvas. Now, if I can just learn to produce a painting using a 3D printer I will be happy. And then all I will have to do is spray some artificially produced oil paint odours onto my 3D textured image: then all will be well!

Tomorrow you are going to meet a Canadian digital artist Aaron Campbell who is predominantly an illustrator and concept artist.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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