I'm an artist. I started as a traditional artist with charcoal and oil paints. I learned watercolors and pastels a few years after that. I lived with a group of artists for a couple years learning to sculpt, and learning to use anything around me to create art. Then came the wave of technology with computers and digital art, so I went back to college and got a BFA in VC.
I learned to love art without the mess or the smell of paint thinner. The first things I mastered were the paint and draw programs, photoshop, illustrator and the like, but like the natrul course of my art training, I was drawn to press the limits of digital art. I found with digital art I could not just explore 3D but 4D as well (animation). Where I had once moved into a house full of artists to learn from, I now live with many more artists through the online communities.
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In Defense of 3D and Digital Art
I have begun to notice a pointed discrimination of the digital medium and CAG or rendered artwork. As a trained artist in many different mediums, I would like to address this and look at the basis for it.
There have been many justifications for the discrimination of the medium ranging from valid concerns to upsurd speculations about the process and users of the medium. I wish to address the most common misconceptions:
1.The computer does all the work and there is no skill involved.
2.The use and availability of models encroaches on the “originality” factor.
3.Not everyone has access to graphics programs and so it is unfair to compete with this medium against artist using other mediums.
As for the skill involved in making a good piece of art, this would apply to ANY medium. The basics of composition, contrast, reflected light and shading must be adhered to as well as a new set of software skills. While it is true there are tons of poorly done digital pieces floating around, there are also as many poorly done pieces created by hand. To say the medium makes it too easy to be an artist is just outright illogical, unless all the artists are ready to give up paper, pencils and pens and go back to chalk painting on cave walls. A medium is just a tool in the artist’s arsenal like a brush, a canvas stretcher or a chisel. Great art is a product created by talent and creativity in ANY medium.
This point becomes stickier and as I see it more valid. 3D modeling is much the same as sculpting and the model itself is the original art of its creator. Re-sculpting the Venus de Milo or the Statue of Liberty is still copying and would fall into a different category that true art. Painting these sculptures could still be original art. The 3D models available can be thought of as base lumps of soft clay, and can be tweaked and molded, painted and changed so that each new use is a separate piece of art. Digital artist that don’t take the time and effort to do this are cheating! Then comes the real test of an artist’s ability where the difference between an artist and a computer programmer can truly be seen. Assembling a good composition requires attention to balance, perspective, shadows and the play of light, of color and tangents and the rule of thirds and so many other things often inherit in an artist’s mind but not a programmer’s. The real test of this is shown in the finished piece.
As a real and true starving artist, I understand the frustration of expensive software made for people living above the poverty level. I too have lived on ramen noodles for months on end and have wardrobes from the secondhand stores. Do not loose hope; there are free software programs out there that are great to learn on and create your own digital art. As this is not an advertisement I will not list them here but I am delighted to talk about them should you leave me a message. You can always surf for them yourself and find them as I did as well.
*end of rant*
Your’s in the love of art,