The spectacular digital artists
As in other areas, art is changing from analog to digital. Paintings and canvases are giving way to haptic screens and digital pencils; and exhibitions in art galleries are evolving into web pages open to all.
As trend-setting artists present their work, more and more painters, draftsmen and composers are joining the ranks of digital art. A type of art that aims to change the rules of the game.
The digital art trend
For centuries, painting, the “art of graphic representation using pigments mixed with other binding substances”, has been the only mechanism of representation of facts on the plane. Until the birth of photography, there was no other way of capturing scenes. And even after its arrival, painting has continued to occupy an important place in art.
But that does not mean that it continues to use pigments. At least, not physical and tangible ones. As technology advances and allows new techniques, painting has evolved into a digital format. This digital art is now booming because high level artists have taken it up and made it their own.
Of course, digital art includes 3D sculptures, films, canvases painted by robots and video games, among others. But today we focus on artists who still use traditional methods of drawing.
Steve McGhee (below) also sees the future, although he sees that kind of unwanted future we call dystopia, and is able to draw it.
Not everything is the future, although that’s where the new collage by Valentina Brostean is headed. This artist redefines the idea we have of composition on paper, with great success, and using exclusively digital techniques. Collage no longer consists of cuttings, at least not of paper.
Even the covers of Rolling Stone, which had mostly been photographed since its inception, have accepted the digital art of Evgeny Parefnov and his curious drawing style:
Tara Phillips proves that traditional drawing techniques are still alive in the digital world with speed arts like the following, straight from her Instagram:
Goodbye paper and pencil
Paint, brush and canvas are romantic concepts that come to mind next to a wooden easel in a vaguely lit studio. Perhaps in an unseasonable hour, when the artist’s genius awakens.
But all these tools are no longer necessary to create art because we have laptops with a technology that allows us to draw anywhere and at any time.
We are seeing, from the hand of artists like those mentioned above, how traditional tools are not an obligatory step in the creation of art. And that the new generation of computers not only frees the artist from the burdens he used to have to drag. It also gives him more opportunities.
Digital painting also has a canvas, but it has as many as needed, an infinite number of them; as well as brushes and paints, but these are as affordable as the electricity needed to charge the computer.
Why do digital drawing techniques stand out?
In addition to the advantages presented above, digital art has other qualities that stand out from traditional art. For example, the paintings do not stain, nor is the easel difficult to transport. In addition, the digital artist can switch from scissors to clickable shadows.
Drawing in a Yoga Book is faster than drawing on a canvas, and mistakes made can be corrected without the need for complicated operations with a simple Ctrl+Z.
Another advantage is being able to carry your entire collection of sketches under your arm. The high capacity of today’s laptops means that a painter can carry all his work and continue it wherever he wants.
But perhaps the star feature of digital art is being able to share your work with the whole planet with just one account on Instagram, Twitter or any other social network. Even if you save your work on a personal website it is accessible and enjoyed by millions of people.
If great museums like the Prado or the Reina Sofia are scanning your work it is for a reason.
Yoga Book, the artists’ laptop
It is 10″ and does not weigh more than 700 grams. If we add to this a 360º rotation and a Real Pen to draw, we have the ideal complement for the digital artist. Even the most forgetful ones who forget to charge an 8,500 mAh battery, as it offers up to a maximum of 13 hours.
But not only the drawing artists or collage composers will find in this tool an ally. The Yoga Book is completed with a Halo Keyboard with haptic response that will also delight writers and creative processes.
Today being a recognized artist is easier than ever because we have the right tools at our fingertips. Digital art is the future, and although it will not eliminate other previous techniques it will overshadow them because of its advantages.