Art Attack: Computer Challenged

In a world of busy-ness and responsibility, it’s just as important to take a few moments exploring the creative side of life. Join us as we share ideas on how to get those imaginative juices flowing and explore a world of art!

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Summer_ArtThis summer our art is full of personal challenges. We’ve attempted to recreate the past, color creatively, and more! This week’s challenge: computer art!

Instead of using a traditional form of art, our kids were given the task of creating a completely digital piece of artwork. They could use reference, but the work had to be entirely their own handiwork.

How is this done? Well, first off, you need the right tools. Luckily, I’m married to an artist!

Our kids used Photoshop to create their images. They first used the drawing tool to get the initial design. They then used a myriad of other helpful tools included in the program to color, highlight, and detail their project. Besides Photoshop, our kids were given short lessons on how to use a drawing tablet.

Unfortunately, you will need the right tools to complete this challenge. Unlike traditional art, digital art is all about having the right program and equipment. While we understand this is not feasible for everyone, if you can afford to go this route, we highly recommend it.

Pete the Cat

A previous digital project, completed by my son.

In the current age of technology, digital art is the standard. Does this mean traditional artists are a thing of the past? No; heaven forbid! (My man still likes painting.) What it does mean, is that if you want to work at art for a living, digital is a necessity. There are very few companies who will accept hand drawn art any longer. We have come to a place in time where everyone expects their product to be emailed, downloaded, and Drop Boxed. They want to be able to change colors, angles, and styles at the drop of a hat. This is almost impossible with hand-drawn art; unless, of course, you don’t mind spending hours at a drawing board adjusting clients’ requests.

Our challenge is a tough one this week, but well worth the effort. Our children are having fun. The only rule is that they be as creative as possible; nothing else. The goal is to better learn the tools at hand and eventually to master the art of digital media.

Time to Chime In: Do you own any computer art programs? Which do you favor and how often are your children using it?

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