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How To Make Digital Art On The Computer

By Adriana Noton

A long time ago, people never dreamed that their drawings could be any more than what they were, simple artwork on a flat surface. Today there are many careers that incorporate drawing and computers or other types of mediums and the computers. There are many different classes and online courses taught on how to make digital art for those who are extremely artistic and those who don’t know that much about drawing or other art forms.

Many younger people are using computers at art schools and colleges because it has been a common place item for many years. Graphic designers and web designers are typically artistic and creative people. This is not to say that others, less talented in the art field could not learn their way around a computer generated style of working with art and photos. Animation and especially 3d animation is a hot property right now and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, so this would be a good field to learn for a young person or an older person who might have lost their job and wants to make a new, fresh start.

Sound engineering is becoming a popular career choice for many artistic types. This type of computer generated music, sound and pictures could also be made by an artist and their computer software program. Radio, television or commercials all need sound in order to sell or have people take notice of what’s on the screen and the sound make the pictures seem to ‘pop’ with life. People who know about music, who can compose or write it or even know how to sing it or what sounds good could learn the computer programs that are needed to introduce the music to the pictures and create something wonderful.

Photography is a growing form of artwork that a lot of people are interested in. People like to capture a moment in time for all eternity and then they could use a computer program to manipulate the photo into different pieces of artwork. There are programs that stretch or make the photo into dots or all different types of things.

The process behind making an art form with the computer is fairly straightforward and simple when following the directions given in the software or other programs. There are many different forms of software that allow someone to manipulate a photography or picture of something or someone. Some people think about the famous Andy Worhal’s famous print of Marilyn Monroe where there are four of the same pictures of her but each in a different color. Of course this was not done on a computer back then, but something similar is being done all the time with a computer.

Just about any photo or picture, even a child’s drawing, could be scanned into a computer and made into a manipulated print that will become a work of art. The computer programs can change the pixels within the photo or picture, which means instead of having a regular group of tiny dots, ones the eye can not see, which forms the photo, they would be a different shape. This would give the photo or picture different dimensions and colors.

Many people like to experiment with the computer and different prints or photographs because they don’t get messy like with acrylic paints, colored pencils or oils. The computer is also more forgiving then a canvas style piece of artwork. If someone makes a mistake or does something on the computer monitor they are not happy with, they can go over it or erase it without a big production.

When a person wants to learn about the computer world of digital art or how to make digital art for fun and profit, they could attend photography schools in Canada or one online. For either type of photography school, there is financial aide or grants available to qualified students to help pay for this type of education. Some of these courses will help a graduate find a job in the field that works with computers and art.

Fancy yourself as the next Walt Disney. Take time to enrol a graphic design school, and enrol in some animation courses in a recognized art college or art institute.

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