|What role does technology play in your creative process?
Though the viewer wouldn't know it, I often use digital photography and imaging software to help me plan paintings,
Technology related to my work goes only as far as digital photo references and scanning. I prefer the traditional hand made art of painters, etc. over digitally created artwork.
It used to have very little, but now that my artwork is ultimately digital, that role has expanded greatly. I use the web image searches to find all my reference. I scan freehand drawings into the computer, then I build the work in layers with Photoshop. The finished work is delivered by e-mail. So, the creative process may still be largely cerebral, but the work itself is almost pure technology.
Well the internet is a massive source of inspiration and frustration. Just when I feel like I'm doing something good I stumble across some illustrator that just blows me away and makes me wonder why I'm even trying. But I pick myself up and dust myself off and keep moving.
As for the part it plays in the actual process I find most of my reference online. I use my computer for scanning and quite often finishing my work. And of course for posting my art for others to see. Even so, if computers were to disappear tomorrow I would have no problem producing my work.
I paint traditionally in acrylic and some mixed media so really as far as my illustration and fine art goes, technology only plays a role in scanning, uploading and transferring files. Being good at photoshop for tiling and color correction doesn't hurt.
Technology is a aid not the final result. We need to safe guard our individual uniqueness to make sure we are fully expressing our purpose as an artist.
I use my MAC and scanner about half of the time. Sometimes I paint a whole image on canvas or scrap board, but most of the time I use Photoshop to retouch and layer drawings/paintings I've scanned in to finish up the illustration.
Technology plays a huge part in my creative process. It allows for quick turn around and an even larger canvas for creativity.
For my writing it's vital, as when I get working the ideas and train of thought just goes straight down my fingers and into the keyboard! For my illustration work, I have always drawn or painted straight onto the paper, but it has taken on a whole new dimension with the advent of the internet. My wife is my business partner, and she designed a fantastic website for us at www.gjamesgothicworks.com.
It's a wonderful online porfolio for my work, and has proved a hugely useful resource for informing people about things professionally and for entertainment. It looks stunning, and I really think she could go professional. It's one hell of a credt to her ability!
Technology is a tool only.
I have been developing and pioneering this area since 1985 and see how secondary it is to our individual talents and gifts.
I use it continually as a tool but never as the end solution.
Well, again this may be localized to the Canadian-instant - gotta-have-it-now - market, your work must be displayed on a great website. Some art directors won't let you in with the books until they have a quick glance at your website while you hold on the phone. If you get the nod, you're in!
A big role. I usually draw digitally. I could not live without my wacome tablet. It makes life so easy. But, I like it messy on real paper and canvas too.
It helps a lot, I use numerous software to adjust, and change my illustrations.
LIKE TO DO BOTH . STILL LOVE PAPER /CANVAS WORK ON A 21 INCH CINTIQ TABLET . ALSO A 12 INCH FOR ALIENWARE LAPTOP
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