Sometimes art patrons become confused when they see creations facilitated by drawing programs on the computer. Is this real art or merely computer generated graphics easily composed with a digital paintbrush? Ah, if it were only so simple! I have to admit that early on I too was a sceptic. But years of utilizing graphics programs have taught me that the programs, both vector and rastor, are genuinely tools of the art trade and can be used as intuitively and viscerally as any brush, pen or pencil. It is only a different medium; a different canvas. (Not so much clean-up either...)Here is a sketch that I have hand drawn with pencil and paper. Scanned into the computer I can use this composition as a template to re-draw my design with vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. The execution of the "second drawing" is much like the process of applying paint to a ready canvas. There is no quick solution to the end process. But the results are satisfying. Will computer art replace other fine arts mediums? Of course not. And it would be a travesty if this were to happen. It's simply a different technique just as oils are different from pen and ink. In this day and age of clip art though, one needs to be reminded that not all images generated with computer tools are cheap and ill-made.
I grew up in culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area and indulged in all forms of creative venues varying from music and dance to rich visual treats at museums.
I earned a BFA in Graphic Design at CCA and relished in the fine arts and design courses offered there. I graduated just before the dawn of computer graphics applications and have always felt blessed to be one of the last students taught the disciplines of exacting, hands-on skills required of the pre-computerized field. We were trained to apply strict adherence to detail and almost Zen-like focus on precise execution. This disciplined arts oriented ideology has influenced my approach not only to what I do in the studio but to life in general.
Of course, I have learned computer graphics applications since. I would be deceiving myself if I didn’t embrace one of the most amazing and flexible tools available to the modern day artist/designer. I only hope my work reflects that of carefully thought out artistry and evokes sentiments of beauty and balance as good design is meant to do. Hopefully my passion for thought provoking art coupled with love of the outdoors brings you visual contentment and joy.