When the camera was introduced into the art world in the 19th century, many painters of the time got seriously worried. They felt that their steady revenue from portrait painting was being threatened by the camera’s ability to reproduce images so accurately. If I were a painter of that period, I would probably have had my fears as well. But instead the camera did not end the livelihood of artists. It sent the art world in a new exciting direction where emotion, expression, and abstraction found their place.
It seems that we have found ourselves in a place that is similar to the 19th century painters. Many of us find ourselves as artists threatened by the digital revolution. The computer is at the center of this revolution, and if we as artists do not embrace it, we may be at a serious disadvantage. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Autodesk Maya, Corel Painter, and Corel Draw (to name but a few) are changing the way art is viewed and more importantly created. Not to mention the influence that the web has had on how we consume art. Look around you and take notice. We are truly living in a Renaissance – a digital Renaissance.
The iPad is a clear representation of what the future holds. No longer will we be tied to a desktop computer or even a laptop. Instead we can now go where we want and have the world at our fingertips. A new app on the iPad called “Brushes” gives us a glimpse of the future of art creation on the go. Consider the future sketchbook. Could the iPad be the predecessor of the sketchbook of the future?
Where will the computer eventually send the art world? I don’t know. But I do think that the world of digital art is here and is a part of the art of the present; and will be a major part the art of the future.
The following video is a painting created on the Apple iPad using the app- “Brushes” The artist’s name is David Kassan .