Digital Art

From The Editor

From The Editor 

On the cover this month is a digital creation titled Bird’s Eye View by Galveston artist Rebecah Thompson. We normally choose a painting or photograph by a local artist or photographer as the cover but this month we wanted to feature digital art. 

Digital art refers to any artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process. Since the 1960s, various names have been used to describe digital art including computer art, electronic art, multimedia art and new media art. 

Digital painting, an umbrella term encompassing various forms of digitally created art, has emerged as a prominent avenue for artists seeking a fusion of traditional techniques with modern technology. This method, supported by tools such as Adobe Photoshop, a graphics tablet, and a stylus pen, allows artists like Rebecah to use their stylus in a manner similar to a traditional brush or pencil on a digital canvas. 

Various forms of digital art exist, encompassing not just creative photography but also compositing, painting, illustrating and 3D modeling. These mediums can be enriched with elements like typography, animation, and beyond, extending their reach to printing and augmented with mixed media. Creating a digital piece often requires a significant amount of time, occasionally extending for days or even weeks. 

Rebecah enjoys creating fun and somewhat surreal art using digital technology by painting and/or recompositing photos. After seeing the rock cairns being built on the beach next to the Seawall over the last several years, she thought it would be fun to see what else could be stacked for an interesting effect in the image we used as our cover this month. All the photos were separately reconstructed using Photoshop into this fun and whimsical piece. 

 You can read more about Rebecah in this issue in our special feature on four local artists and their unique mediums on page 30. You can find more of her works at www.rebecahthompson.com

 Until next month, laissez les bons temps rouler!