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Digital Art

11/09/13

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Today is all about the craziest collection of digital art we’ve recognized lately. From luscious layered graphics, to image editing, to printing, this collection has got a little bit of everything. Digital art is such a creative medium allowing you to combine real artistic techniques, whether literally or mimicking them, with computer aided designing and software tools.

It’s extraordinary what outcomes and variations you can come out with after a few hours of turning art into pixels on the computer and fusing them together to create something no other person has before! Surreal with such vast opportunities, creating digital art stems from just going with your ideas – there is no right or wrong answer. It can help you dig out some inspiration for a project brief or they can just be pieces of experimentation in itself and exploiting various ‘making and doing’ options. Mistakes can turn out to be the best pieces as an end result, so don’t be scared to go all out and make bold moves.

Adobe Photoshop namely, but also illustrator and Indesign, can help with completing digital art. From experience, it starts with blank paper, a sketchbook, some artistic mediums, then the art is either scanned, photographed, drawn onto screen or translated onto a digital medium in whatever way. From then on the magic happens with the power of software, whether adjusting colour balances, morphing a normal image, changing levels or layering different pieces of art together, outcomes are all individual and interesting. Exploring the unknown or changing something that was so ordinary into something unrecognisable and fantastic is all thanks to digital art.

It is a process of transformation! A good idea is to track what you did in a notepad or journal with quick progress photos, in order to create a reference bank. You never know when you might want to recreate an effect or use parts of the technique again to evolve a new piece into something even more complex!

Illustrator can help by creating vector files- i.e. nothing is pixelated; every line is exact and finite. Why not doodle away on there on top of what you’ve already made on photoshop editions? Or, you embed some slick typography? Indesign can be helpful for layout work and arranging elements once their artistic nature and modifications have been finalized. It is a quicker, simpler way of organizing a piece of work in its entirety, for example a magazine page with different pieces of art works on and text paragraphs, a story board, or an artists’ process journal. Indesign brings all the different elements together nearer the end of the digital art process for a concise ensemble of all the information you have made.

Concrete Jungle by marvelgd

concrete jungle

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Fresh to Death by marvelgd

fresh to death

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Give Colour A Change by From up North 

from up north

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Look by Alex Lorenzo

Look

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Animals Are Still Waiting

ANimals

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Beata Boucht by Nuagency          

nuagency

See plenty more of these and different styles on Nuagency‘s website.

City of Words by Onat Oktem

Creative words

creativve city

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