“A graphic designer is a machine that turns coffee into beautiful, functional imagery.”
- Lisa Manson
Digital art is a relatively new creative practice, but its origins can be traced back to many other forms of art and creativity. The specific practice of graphic design can be traced back to ancient times - symbols and images have been used for many hundreds of years to portray meaning and communication. The practice as we know it today has never been more popular or wide-spreading.
Digital art is the process of creating imagery using technology. It can include online graphics, animation, and 3-D images. The envelope of what is possible with digital art keeps getting pushed as technology improves. This form of creative practice can be a cost-effective practice after the initial investment, both in practice, and money. Software programs such as those included in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) have a learning curve which requires practice, and in many cases, some training or education. Once you've gained the skills and have the software, digital art's possibilities become nearly endless.
The essential material for creating digital art is either a computer or tablet. There are many software programs you can choose from to begin designing, ranging from user-friendly (think Microsoft Paint), to more complex software programs such as Illustrator. There are also specific programs available depending on the exact type of digital work you're interested in. Some option materials you may opt for include additional editing software, a graphics tablet, and other pieces of hardware.
Tips, Tricks, & Resources
There are free (or affordable) software programs available for you to download and try out before splurging for the more complex programs
Practice is key - there are many features available in these programs that require a little trial and error to master
If you're having trouble getting started, start lo-fi and build up to hi-fi designs
To practice, try replicating some of your favorite designs or logos