But Real What?
Lately, there is a lot of chatter on the net on what is ‘real’ art with some elitist artists saying photography is even not art. The discussion between the disciplines banter back and forth the merits of both, pitting one against the other. I even get searches on my site asking, like this one this week, “Why is everything painted digitally these days?” Well, I can answer – because it is faster.
Painting, image editing and photography share an uneasy, inter-dependent relationship in this era of art. They are intertwined in a digital bubble using each other in ways never anticipated throughout their respective histories. Another answer to the above question is the options are limitless because of this.
With ease to say and publish anything, social media has become fraught with critics feeding the frenzy of controversy. It makes for a lot of insecurity in the creative world. Tough Times to be a Creative. I am not currently in the professional art world, yet I still get these crazy searches.
The hackneyed discussion between Photoshop and photography is even louder, shepherding in the third character in the drama, image editing. This raises the question of what is real. The reality is that photography has become more than job, documentary or hobby, and has made a path into art, no matter what is being debated.
I have gotten a search, ” is wildlife photography real?” Duh, what did they mean by that?
At the time of photography’s inception, an artist might have struggled accepting photography as an art form, but for photographers, whose equipment has always depended on technological innovation, it seems a bit hypocritical to be upset by the use of Photoshop. The tables really turned too, as Photoshop is synonymous with art.
Of course, we have this search, “real photographers don’t use Photoshop.” Ya, right, who are they kidding?
My image of the lion is only an illustration and not art. This search came in on March 18th, “lion portrait to digital painting psd.” Clairvoyant or eerily stalking?
Plenty of true art is created on the computer, whether it starts as a photograph or is drawn directly on the screen. I am always in awe at what is being produced in this day of digital. My favorite search, “people who don’t accept digital art as art.” Did they mean me?
I must agree that not everything is art though. Just because it is photographed or drawn does not make it art.
One can take a photo and drop on a filter to call it art – fun maybe, but not art.
NO creativity goes into a one button process. All Tech and Little Talent.
By showing you the process, you see how the lion illustration comes about. Sure the debate will rage on what is art, but I believe art is many faceted, and can encompass many disciplines and media.
What matters in this illustration is, does it look like a real lion? Lions and tiger and bears, oh my. What is real art?
Let’s take a moment and sleep on that one.
A few more GWGT digital painting examples: