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Digital Art

Digital art or computerized art is a well-received art form which uses unconventional apparatus and methods to create engaging illustrations. As is evident in the name, digital artwork is designed using computer software and tools like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter. It requires knowledge of concepts in design, know-how of complex applications and a fair amount of aesthetic sense. All kinds of computers, be it your conventional personal computer, smartphone, or tablet, are now used to create digital art which is stunning enough to include in and enhance an office or home décor.

Types of Digital Art

A creative artist can experiment with the various kinds of digital art techniques and create his or her own new technique, which is why there are many known types of digital art. These are as follows:

  1. Digital photography: To create this kind of digital artwork, soft copies of photographs are altered using software. The image is edited and special effects are added to enhance the end result which is mostly realistic.

  2. Photopainting: A combination of photography and painting, this involves “painting” soft copies of photographs using software. Photopainting allows artist to add effects such as oil pastel, water color effect to a photograph, to make it resemble a painting.

  3. Digital Painting: Not to be confused with photopainting, this kind of digital artwork is created completely using painting software in which tools and effects resemble the conventional method of painting. Digital painting can be of two kinds – 2D and 3D

  4. Mixed Media: When the artist uses or “mixes” two or more digital art techniques to create unique art, the resultant digital artwork is called digital mixed media artwork.

  5. Drawings: There are tools which allow artist to draw or sketch using a stylus, or vector drawing software which uses shapes and lines to create two-dimensional drawings.

Conventional Art Versus Digital Art

Art which uses conventional medium and tools to create art has been a great source of joy for artists and viewers, alike, since time immemorial. Artists have always explored new styles of art. Simply put, art has been ever-evolving and now as the world has entered a ‘digital era,’ marvelous tools have been created for artists who wish to see art with a ‘digital eye.’

What makes digital artwork fascinating is the omission of the limitation associated with conventional art, which has allowed creativity to flourish further. In digital art there are no restrictions or hassles when it comes to creating many shades of various colours. The computer blends colours using precise calculations and the vividness and the brightness of the colours can be managed better in digital art which allows creation of extremely vibrant artwork. Digital art can produce amazing results, with the exception of the textures associated with traditional art, an element characteristic to conventional paintings.