When I think of an art studio, I envision containers filled with brushes, aprons splattered with a rainbow of colors, and canvases in various states of completion. However, given the current technological landscape this conventional image may need some tweaking. Instead of messy paint and the smell of turpentine, the work area may have the simple aesthetics of a common office cubicle.
From the time computers first hit the scene, artists have been finding ways to express themselves digitally. Andy Warhol created digital art using a Commodore Amiga in July 1985. An image of Debbie Harry was captured in monochrome from a video camera and digitized into a graphics program called ProPaint. Warhol manipulated the image adding color by using flood fills.
Currently, the market for digital paintings is challenged, as the original is often indistinguishable from the prints. Painting’s hand signed by the artist, and newly crafted certifications might eventually turn these economic tides.
Every genre has artists exhibiting talent that can only be characterized as genius- considering these works by Andy Warhol, Darren Almond, and Joseph Nechvatal, to name a few-digital painting is no exception!