Miss Amber May

Digital Approaches to Fine Art

What in the world is Digital Art and how should we approach it??

August 27th, 2013

Before we can even think about touching Photoshop, we have to have some idea of what digital art is. I myself don’t have a clear definition because the term itself could have many meanings. It could refer to pieces made with graphic design software, pieces made as a result of computer generation, or even scanned photographs. My definition of digital art is any sort of visual or audio artwork created by or transformed by an electronic device; not limited to computers, phones, cameras, ect.

Since the word “art” is a broad and subjective term, people have argued continuously about what should and shouldn’t be considered art. These arguments have intensified since the introduction of computer design a few decades ago.  Some say that simple audio, video, or computations themselves cant be digital art unless they are apart of a larger work, while others say that anything that a computer spews is in no way a work of art. Here’s some food for thought though. In my electronic literature course, we were disscussing tthe difference between normal literature and electronic literature. We established that literature is something that can only be read in a linear fashion (this includes ebooks on the computer.) Electronic literature, however, uses the electronic medium to tell the story so that it becomes something that cant be read in the traditional linear fashion (these stories are limited to this medium only; computers can do what books cant!) So with that thought in mind, why is art and digital art considered 2 different things? Just like we cant scan a textbook to a computer and call it electronic literature, we can’t scan an artwork to a computer and call it digital art! Digital art is limited to it’s digital medium. Hopefully this new form of art will gain more acceptance as the years go on.

 

THIS IS NOT DIGITAL ART JUST BECAUSE IT’S A PHOTO ON THE COMPUTER! 

 

 

THIS IS DIGITAL ART SINCE IT WAS MADE USING COMPUTER SOFTWARE! 

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