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Digital Art – Same Art, Different Approach

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

By Diana de Avila, M.S. Ed., Pen Woman in Art

When I started creating art quite suddenly in 2017, my Mom was the only person I knew with art experience. At 88, she approached art from a traditional mindset using the mediums of watercolor and oils. This traditional approach is all she knew. When I started creating art digitally, she was not a believer at first. She asked (as others have), “Is it real art?“

You bet it is—especially to those of us who love working with technology to help us create.

Digital art requires different tools, but the approach to designing is generally the same. Both traditional and digital art use color theory and composition and both can be simple or get quite complex. They also have different ways of exhibiting the finished artwork.

Often, I’ve been asked what I do with my art after creating it. How do I get it off the computer screen so that it becomes tangible? Much like a digital photograph (another form of digital art), I can have my files printed on different substrates. From paper, to wood, to glass, to metal. I even take digital images and put them in motion on a computer or television screen. Televisions are now becoming repositories for artwork. One company I produce for sells hardware and a special TV to display artwork that people collect in limited series. People can own limited edition artwork in digital form that they never could have imagined owning in the past. Digital art makes art accessible on a wider scale to almost anyone.

An entirely new way to experience and create, digital art is here to stay.

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