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Digital Art

 

Applying a range of approaches to using computers and software to produce artworks is very exciting and flexible. We show the techniques of image making and experimentation using software such as Adobe Photoshop.

photoshop ACE

As practicing artists using digital methods we both have expansive experience and knowledge. David is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop and has lectured on digital imaging for over 24 years. Having taught digital imaging at various levels and within BA (Hons) Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Art contexts, David has developed a wide range of projects that are applicable to many disciplines.

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At St Marys Catholic High School in Manchester, David delivered a digital photography workshop based around the title of "Visual Narrative". The idea was for pupils to produce a montage using their own photographs and images to tell a story or event visually - a persuasive story with a point of view.

This involved preparing images for a dramatic sky, a landscape or cityscape, a range of 'scenery or elements' relevant to the narrative context. Throughout the workshop emphasis was on consideration of viewpoint, perspective, lighting, scale, resolution, colour, contrast, focus/depth of field etc. and prior planning as to how everything will come together.

painting from drawing

Above shows a task for Fine Art students, which is to scan an original drawing on paper and rework the image digitally using various textured brushes, colours and use of layers. Work by Claire Heaton.

During our workshops we explore the concepts that digital art may exist and be created purely on computer, such as a digital painting, 3D model, or an image generated from computer code. Or it may start from another source such as a scanned image, a digital camera, from vector graphics software, by using a pen/mouse or digital tablet.

We will show through the use of current software that allows the digital versions of various brushes, textures, filters, layers and overlays, that pupils can produce digital images that reflect real world painterly mediums.

photoshop tasks

Above are the final images achieved from two digital art exercises demonstrated in our workshops. These involve students using their own digital photograph to create an Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art portrait. The other exercise shows the technique of applying half tone effects and spot colour to achieve a screen printed image.

japan 01

An example of Patricias' large format digital prints based on travels to Japan. The scanned artifacts and photographic resources are combined together using various techniques.

greenbelt kimono

This Kimono digital print by David has been created using vector graphics and symbols created in Adobe Illustrator and then additional layers, repeat pattern and textures added using Adobe Photoshop. This print has been exhibited in the 14th Knowsley Open Art Exhibition and has now been chosen to be shown in the Best of Merseyside Art exhibition at Editions Gallery Liverpool summer 2015.

vicky lockwood

Highly textured landscape by Vicky Lockwood, which used scanned sketches and painterly marks of the human form produced during life drawing classes. The over-layering of the source images and addition of colour and opacity effects gives a very atmospheric solution.

 

push my pixels

Digital art is a fantastic way of getting learners to collaborate and explore the unexpected when working with other learners images. The above collaborative projects are large scale digital prints resulting from a form of Chinese whispers, where each learner has a glimpse of what the previous person has added to the digital canvas, each adding something until the time allocated is up.

folderol

This is the third image of a triptych by David, and shows the use of scanned and photographed resources brought together as symbols and metaphors to create a narrative within the digital image. Confusion, hope, menace, and events are depicted through the use of layers, texture, colour and the constructed imagery.