Entry Two

Hello again! Making the second entry really close to the first one since i am kinda lagging behind in the course as it is…This second entry is about the second lecture, which i couldn’t attend to, where the main topic was about digital art. I managed to read some of the other blogs and can definitely see why this type of submissions can be useful, i even found some really exciting ideas on the topic as well. Even though i didn’t catch the lecture i am going to throw out some of my thoughts on the topic.

In my personal opinion one can go several ways about describing digital art, just by dissecting the last word “art”. Art in it self, is in my opinion THE biggest subjective topic that you can find out there. I mean, art is not defined by anything besides the opinion of a few select people, at least in the modern day and age. One could argue that art is defined by the way it is made, but then again wouldn’t one managed to find similarities in other things and call that art as well? Well you can! And people do it all the time.

Lets say a football player has a certain style on the pitch, he has fluid movement, he has the speed, the agility, the whole package. People would define his play style as “art”, mostly because its beautiful to watch him preform with such grace, making it look “easy”. So think about it, beauty defines art somewhat and beauty is defined by subjective factors depending on the situation and the person. My rambling has a point, which is that art isn’t REALLY defined but rather used to describe the passion, appreciation and love for the work one does. Most people think of painting when they think of art, but i think more about the style, grace and effortlessness in which people preform their “work”.

So digital art is in a sense another way to express oneself in a creative process though the use of digital technology. Now comparing that to the “old school” way of thinking, where one had to master a craft to be successful, there are big differences. Usually mastering a craft would require endless hours of physical struggle to complete certain tasks, whereas with the use of digital technology one can recreate a scenario or an action x amount of times before the end result is satisfying.

Take a look at this photo of Lillian Schwartz’s Comparison of Leonardo’s self portrait and the Mona Lisa

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What is a masterpiece considered by millions of people restructured to show a slight comparison between Leonardo Da Vinci’s self portrait and Mona Lisa through the use of digital photographic manipulation. Not very practical by any means or intents, but it goes to show that digital art can make, reshape and reinvent new forms of art that can go down in history just as Leonardo’s original masterpiece did!