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What is Digital Art?

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Not so long ago, the only way to create a work of art was to use either a pen and paper, brushes, or some other materials. Nowadays, we can create art by using technology. These types of art are called digital art. The term ‘digital art’ was used for the first time in the 1980s to refer to an early computer painting program. Nowadays, the term is used to refer to using modern means to create works of art. These works of art are created with digital technology and are presented on digital technology.

We are surrounded by digital art on a daily basis. We find it on television, on the Internet, etc. However, not many people are familiar with the term. For that reason, in the following paragraphs, we will try to explain what digital art is. We will talk about its history and about types of digital art, computer-generated visual media, computer-generated 3D still imagery, computer-generated animated imagery, and digital installation art.

THE HISTORY OF DIGITAL ART

Once the earliest computers appeared, some artists tried exploring the possibilities on how to connect art and computer technology. However, in the beginning, this was just an idea. In 1965, a German artist, Frieder Nake, created an algorithm which helped the computer draw some shapes. These shapes are considered to be the first work of digital art. However, the first computer work of art was created in 1967 and it was called Computer Nude. It was created by Kenneth Knowlton and Leon Harmon who took a photo of a naked woman and changed it into a computer picture. Digital art was improved until it became what it is today.

COMPUTER-GENERATED VISUAL MEDIA

Computer-generated visual media or, in short, digital visual art, implies a 2D or 3D work of art displayed on an electronic device. You can create this work of art in different ways. The simplest way is to use a pen or a brush to create your work which will be presented automatically on an electronic display. Then, you can create the work of art directly on your computer.

COMPUTER GENERATED 3D STILL IMAGERY

Computer generated 3D still imagery is created by designing an image from geometric shapes. You use geometric shapes, polygons, and other necessary things in order to create 3D objects. These 3D objects are later used on television, in games, etc.

COMPUTER GENERATED ANIMATED IMAGERY

The animation created with a computer, or, in short, computer-generated imagery is very popular in the movie industry. There are many movies that use computer-generated imagery, such as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and others. In addition, there are many movies which are based completely on computer-generated imagery, such as Moana, or How to Train Your Dragon.