State of the art

Digital Watercolor painting done on Adobe Sketch
Digital Watercolor painting done on Adobe Sketch

The current state of the art technology is amazing and it’ll only get better. I am talking about the “Art Technology” here. This technology based digital fine art is a fairly recent phenomenon and it is here to stay.

In the beginning, our ancestors started scribbling shapes on caves walls with stones. Don’t know if these scribblings had any higher purpose or were simply a pass time for a person bored of daily chores. 

After stones and cave walls came natural colors on cave walls, paper and ink, canvas and oil colors, watercolors, acrylics and so on. Today if you walk into a modern art supplies store, you’ll be amazed at the variety of products with which you can create art. Tea or coffee art is yet another type of medium for 2D art.

Digital Tools

Then came the computer, digital pads, “cintiq”s and iPad Pros and a long list of software apps that allow you to create art. With virtual reality world ever expanding, digital art will have more and more avenues for being displayed. 

I personally use apps such as Artrage, Adobe Sketch, Procreate and Adobe Draw to create fine art and illustrations. It is easy to mix multiple digital mediums of painting such oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel etc to get the effect that we want. Ability to add layers and control their transparency, undo, redo and all conveniences of working digitally are also provided by the apps. Sometimes this ability to do anything is bad for real art. Constraints are necessary for good work.

Digital Watercolor painting done on Adobe Sketch
Digital Watercolor painting done on Adobe Sketch
The tactile experience

The charm of painting with a real brush on real canvas is still unmatched. The tactile experience of art making is still not available in the digital world. With technological advances, this gap will become narrower in future for sure. In all likelihood, this proliferation of digital art will make real and physical art even more precious. 

"Different Horizons" - painted in Artrage
“Different Horizons” – painted in Artrage

As artists, we have to keep up with new art technology. At the same time, we have to have our feet grounded in the real art that can be touched by hand. 

What’s your take on this? I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section.

Keep making art,
Mandar

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