The creation of Digital Fine Art, as with the creation of any
form of art, is a synergy of inspiration, technique and presentation. Computers
and digital media enrich our lives and support our creativity in ways never
imagined a few decades ago. Digital Fine Art is a natural, evolutionary outcome
of the advance of human technology and is an important part of our culture.
Art, science, mathematics and technology are not completely
different, independent endeavors. Each is influenced by and interdependent on
the other. For example, the artistic technique of perspective, which creates the
illusion of three dimensions on a flat surface, was first developed by al-Haytham,
a mathematician, physicist and scientist around 1000 A.D. He studied the science
of vision and optics and laid the groundwork for the Renaissance artists such as
Leonardo da Vinci who applied the principles of perspective in the creation of
wondrous works of art.
Today we take perspective for granted. Can you imagine living
during the Renaissance, and your amazement at viewing a perspective painting for
the first time? You look at a flat canvas and your mind is fooled into believing
that you are peering through a window frame at a real three-dimensional (3D)
scene. Is this magic? Is it mathematics? Is it art?
The computer aides the modern-day artist in the composition of
3D images, replacing the drafting tools of the previous era, however, this is
just one function that the computer may provide to the artist. Digital artists
have a large array of software and hardware tools at their disposal. The
manipulation of form, space, color, shade, shadow, light, movement, texture,
transparency, reflection, luminosity and radiance are all a part of the digital
The computer does not compose and create art by itself. Works
of art do not issue forth from a computer by themselves; any more than a brush,
paint and canvas can magically cause an inspired oil painting to appear.
It is true that there are artificial intelligence (AI)
proponents that have programmed computers to create art pieces with minimum
human interaction. In this case, is it not the program code that is the creative
work? Some people believe that the computer may be able to perform truly
creative acts. However, in the case of Digital Fine Art, let there be no doubt,
a human being is the true recipient of inspiration and the causal source of the
The subject matter and composition of Digital Fine Art is as
varied and diverse as art of any other media. The challenge to the digital fine
artist to create an artifact that satisfies both the heart and mind is the same
as any other artist (or scientist, or engineer for that matter).
Recent advancements in printing technology benefit the patron
of Digital Fine Art with large-format, archival prints that will last for more
than 100 years. The quality of the Digital Fine Art print is a true reflection
of the original, purely digital, virtual ideal of the artist.
Although the image of digital art on a computer screen can be
beautiful, stunning and evocative, the Digital Fine Art print is a collectible
artifact that can be appreciated on a very personal level and treasured for a