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on the validity of digital art and other doodles [Nov. 19th, 2002|08:02 am]
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i periodically go through dry spells, when i find myself avoiding my easel. a while back i pulled myself out of one of these slumps by religiously doing a quick, playful sketch (or doodle) every day. just fun and fast. minimal thought or refinement involved. it primed my pump, so to speak, and eventually i was back to painting again.

i am in one of those droughts right now, and i have been doodling again, but this time on the computer. i take one of my digital photos off my hard drive and then manipulate it using the filters in MGI Photosuite and, less often, Photoshop. i get some quite attractive results:

i think they are quite beautiful, and they are working, insofar as my creative juices are starting to flow again, but something about the process bothers me.

when i take a blank piece of paper and draw lines on it, i am the catalyst of whatever happens there. i may be constrained by the medium, but i control it as well.

when i take a photograph i exercise choices of composition, content, focus, etc.

when i take that photograph and click on a filter, someone else turns it into a new work of art for me. the person who wrote the program is the one who determines what happens to it. i may choose the filter from the selection they provide me, but they choose what the filter does to my work.

the result is a refined, aesthetically pleasing, interesting abstract, but it is too "easy". all i have to do is click on the filter and someone else does all the work. it might be hard for you to find your way from my original photo to my end result, but if you tried to, you would come across many equally attractive and interesting abstracts.

i encourage you to try it.

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[User Picture]From: farbel
2002-11-19 12:39 pm (UTC)


i will :)

there is still a difference between learning how to create something with paints and simply clicking and having it happen, though.
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[User Picture]From: dragon_moon
2002-11-19 08:01 pm (UTC)
I would think it's also a textural thing. I mean, on the computer you're basically just using your visual senses, along with the feel of the keyboard and mouse. But with drawing or painting, you'd have all the smells, touches, and sounds of creation in addition to the visuals...

Regardless, I really enjoy your digital work and I'm glad that it's helping to boost your creativity with your painting. Sometimes we just need to take part in something different to make the little spark brighter. :o)
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[User Picture]From: kenmora
2002-12-02 06:06 am (UTC)
I have been reluctant to try much in this area. Of course there are two basic schools of thought regarding the creation of art, Design vs. Expression. I am too heavily absorbed in design, and yet I prefer the expressive medium of canvas. Though my most recent work is computer generated, derived from working with collaged images, scanned sketches vectorized in Illustrator, and background effects created by filters in Photoshop.

I enjoye seeing your works posted, but one thing often turns me off about the manipulated image. The almost universal tendency towards symmetrical, and therefore "artificial" compositions. The most moving work I've seen in this area somehow manages to "break" inorganic symmetries, and cause me to view the work organically.
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