Dance on the Wildside
Born from a lifelong fascination with abstract digital art. They are born of me ‘visually jamming’ along to my favourite tunes and having a good time. If anything it’s me doing what I love. Without any of the usual constraints or limitations that are the inarguable truths of tattooing as a medium.
What is Digital Art?
Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technologyas part of the creative or presentation process. Since the 1960s, various names have been used to describe the process. Including computer art and multimedia art. Digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art.
After some initial resistance, the impact of digital technology has transformed art activities. Painting, drawing, sculpture and music. While new forms, such as net art, digital installation art, and virtual reality, have become recognised artistic practices.
Andy Warhol created digital art using a Commodore Amiga. The computer was publicly introduced at the Lincoln Center, New York in July 1985. An image of Debbie Harry was captured in monochrome from a video camera and digitized. Using a graphics program called ProPaint. Warhol manipulated the image adding colour by using flood fills.
Amidst varied opinions on the pros and cons of digital technology on the arts. There seems to be a strong consensus within the digital art community that it has created a “vast expansion of the creative sphere”. And that it has greatly broadened the creative opportunities available to professional and non-professional artists alike.
Given the parallels between visual and musical arts, it is possible that general acceptance of the value of digital visual art will progress in much the same way as the increased acceptance of electronically produced music over the last three decades.
Digital Artwork by Paul Talbot