Hawley Abstract – Digital drawing
Civilization’s thirst for knowledge has realised many wonderful inventions. Some have improved our lives, even extended them while others we could well do without.
The world of art has never been so challenged by new technology than it is at present. Some artists shun the “new ways” and happily create their art in ways that have been the norm for centuries. But things are changing; the old values are being challenged. New ideas are great, but they don’t guarantee a better outcome than art is presently experiencing.
The basis for producing meaningful art is sound education and worthwhile art experiences. I am unaware of what is going on around the world in art education/training, but I am greatly concerned about the situation where I live in Tasmania. These days there seems to be an attitude that technique is not that important in an artist’s repertoire. I see a lot of art and often it reveals a lack of understanding in regards to technique. Why is there so much “borrowing” of information these days? Why is there so much copying? What’s happened to being original? Don’t tell me we’ve run out of ideas!
Digital art has opened a “Pandora’s Box” in that it seems to have no boundaries or conscience when it comes to creating art. Is this a good or a bad thing?
I think digital art is the reflection of society today and that makes it a legitimate art form and this fact would no doubt send shivers down the spines of “traditional artists’. Art today is tomorrow’s creative archaeology, it’s a record of how we feel now about the things that really concern us (or it should).
The camera and the computer have shaken the foundations of art and this is a good thing. Complacency only encourages creative dullness and there is a lot of work about that is more about imitation than individual response.
The potential of digital art is awesome, but I feel this will come at a cost. The use of “borrowed” images such as photos and scanned illustrations has encouraged more people to participate in art. While that may sound a good thing, there often seems to be a lack of understanding of composition and at times, a total neglect of the value of drawing.
I’m sounding old-fashioned aren’t I! Maybe I am, as I was the product of an art school education, but I believe we should be in control of what we do and not always rely on chance or accident for our successes.
Digital art in the hands of a trained artist has so much potential. Will its place in art history be determined by the economics of the art market or by its intellectual standing?