CREATING DIGITAL ART
USING FREE (OR INEXPENSIVE) TECHNOLOGY
Today, with imagination, and digital technology like computer-generated imagery (CGI) software, practically anyone can learn to express themselves with art. You'll find lots of free and low-cost programs out there to have fun with, and to help you uncover your inner artist.
This movie was made by librarians using Windows Movie Maker, with images created online using Pixler, Fotoflexer, and Sumopaint.
NOW YOU CAN
Manipulate digital images, from basic photo-editing tasks like retouching, and adjusting color and contrast, to compositing (combining multiple photographs into a single image).
Draw, paint, cartoon, or create fantasy art by loading scans of your originals and using image manipulation software to work with them, drawing them directly into the computer or by using a digital graphics tablet.
Create three-dimensional models of real world objects, including people, by using a collection of points in 3D space.
Make animations in 2D or 3D with any number of readily available programs.
TOOLS FOR MAKING DIGITAL ART
With so much software out there for beginning digital artists, you're sure to find something that will match your interests. Here are just a few examples:
Free Stuff (Online, Open Source, and Freeware)
See this image being drawn by Queekator at Queeky.com, a free, worldwide online drawing community.
DIGITAL ART RESOURCES ON THE WEB
There are lots of great places on the web where beginning digital artists can learn more, network with other artists, and share their creations.
Digital Art E-zines
- Free Digital Paint Magazine offers step-by-step digital painting instruction, digital art webinars, and tutorials on software and techniques.
- Digital Arts magazine comes in digital editions for iPad, Mac and PC. Also available in print.
Online Communities, Galleries, Tutorials, and Discussion Forums
The importance of networking opportunities like these for people getting involved in digital art would be hard to overstate.
- deviantART is one of the largest online art communities. Browse their digital art categories and galleries of user-made art.
- Elfwood is a huge fantasy art site and online community. They offer tutorials covering many aspects of computer generated or modified art.
- Renderosity is a free, interactive, digital arts community with forums, chats, free content, and a marketplace for digital products and 3D models.
The Pratt Library's Fine Arts Department has up-to-date materials like these on the subject of creating art using technology:
We hope you're excited to learn more about digital art. Be sure to let us know if you'd like some help. Just call, e-mail us through our Ask-a-Librarian service, or write to us:
Fine Arts & Music Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore MD 21201