Technology and artistry converge in Digital Illustration, a medium that encourages creativity. Digital tools help skilled artists to realize their most ambitious concepts, from the photorealistic to the whimsical—from believable architecture to fantastic creatures and imaginary worlds.
Although some computer-generated art is produced using mathematical models, Digital Illustration is the direct creation of the artist. Using a mouse or a pressure sensitive pen, digital illustrators create an image on a computer screen or tablet and then manipulate it using digital software.
Current software gives artists tools capable of mimicking almost any medium. With practice, charcoal, oil, airbrush, acrylic, and collage can be replicated. Time-consuming traditional techniques, such as the creation of multiple layers of transparent glazes, can now be accomplished in minutes with no anxiety, no mess and no harmful solvent fumes. This flexible toolbox gives artists the time and the freedom to create unique work for print, games, television, Internet outlets, and feature films.
The affordability of graphic-arts software is one of its greatest virtues, but the digital medium also boasts convenience and practicality. A corner desk can serve as a complete studio, and a computer can substitute for an entire art supply store. Gone are the days of rushing out to buy a tube of cerulean blue. The digital illustrator's color palette is unlimited, his brush collection infinite, and it's all completely portable.
As technological tools continue to become more intuitive and less expensive, the field of Digital Illustration will be open to any artist with ability and initiative. The result will be new ideas, new energy, and a more diverse artistic community to entertain, amaze, and inspire an increasingly global audience.