Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?
I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express. At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name. Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley. [the place this omen baby lives] A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.
“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.” Television Tropes and Idioms
What is the uncanny valley?
“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia
Film and game makers & the uncanny valley
Some people don’t place much value on digital art.
I’ve read articles by art critics who don’t consider digital art legitimate. I’ve met ‘brush & canvas’ purists who felt they were more talented because they used ‘real’ paint. I’ve also met people who had no idea about the process of making digital art. They think all digital art is created equally, and it’s just as simple as clicking the mouse a few times. Appreciating digital art can be understandably confusing since there are so many ways to create digital art.
Any art created using a computer is digital art.
Digital Art is an umbrella term that covers a range of methods, and techniques used to produce various types of artwork such as: 2-D paintings, vector illustrations, fractal art, 3-D rendered creations, ect.
There are many programs available for creating digital art.
Each may require different skill sets. Some programs used in creating digital art may call for drawing and painting skills, while others need less, and some may require none at all. There is a variety of ways to use each program.
Digital art techniques vary.
Some digital artists start on a blank ‘page’ and draw or paint very much like you would on paper or canvas. Another technique would be using photo-manipulation with filters, or even using programs that trace images. I don’t trace, but I do look at reference photos occasionally. Regardless of skills, programs or different styles, methods and techniques used, I believe it all calls for creativity on the part of the artist, and what they produce is art.
Art is subjective.
I have my own personal criteria and taste about what appeals to me. What catches my eye in a piece is not what everyone else will like. Each person likes what is aesthetically pleasing to them, or what evokes a certain emotion in them, or what they feel requires a great deal of artistic skills or talent, or because of a message it communicates to them….or any number of other reasons. Despite my personal taste, I am very inclusive of what I consider art.
For the record, I like to create both digital and analog art. I like ART! ☺
Sea creature digital art made with Sketchbook
Ok, this is not a merman. More like a mer-snake. Whatever it is, I painted it yesterday with Sketchbook Express. I love to paint crazy stuff from my imagination.
NASA’s Curiosity rover cartoon
Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars. Here’s a quick cartoon I did for the occasion.
no actual cats were harmed making this cartoon
Each year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized because not enough people are adopting them through local rescue groups and shelters. Many people buy dogs from pet stores instead, not aware that most come from puppy mills.
Learn more about puppy mills at the ASPCA click here
Along with all the wonderful benefits of owning an animal companion, much time and dedication is required in being a responsible pet owner. Some people can’t keep their pet for various reasons and are forced to leave them at a shelter, others simply abandon them. This cute little guy was brought to our local shelter after someone had found him wandering on the side of the road.
Can I come home with you?
Digital art made with Harmony
A fun drawing application
Harmony is a fun drawing application, similar to Scribbler Too. It has several unique brushes like: fur, chrome, and web. You can also change the background and brush color, and brush thickness. I used squares to make the picture above.
Another one you might like is Bomomo. Several animated circles follow your mouse and create strokes in different patterns according to which tab you select.
I painted this kitty yesterday using a free version of Sketchbook, a program that came with my long-awaited, new graphics tablet.
Creating art is often challenging, but it’s what I love to do. Finding ways to market my artwork online is the hard part. I’ve been testing and comparing a few of the POD sites lately to see how they operate and if I like them. I’m considering alternative routes to the POD sites as well, like Etsy. Etsy is not a print-on-demand site but a place to: “Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies… Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace.”
The high-resolution version of this kitty (and a few other pieces I’m working on) might make nice greeting cards or posters, so I was thinking about having some printed out to sell on Etsy.
I’ll keep researching. I think eventually I’ll find the best place for me and a method of selling my art that buyers are happy with. Then I can focus on creating and improving my artwork. (the fun part)
FineArtAmerica: Another POD site to sell your photos or artwork.
FineArtAmerica.com has revolutionized the way that artwork is bought and sold around the world. With a few clicks, artists and photographers can upload their images to FineArtAmerica.com, set their prices, and instantly sell prints to a global audience of art collectors. Fine Art America fulfills each order on behalf of the artists – taking care of the printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping, collecting payments from the buyers, and sending profits to the artists. Each print is manufactured at Fine Art America’s production facility and delivered “ready-to-hang” with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Print mediums include a choice of seven premium photo papers, or two canvases; custom frame or mat; or have a print stretched on stretcher bars. FAA has tools to help you market your work along with other community features. While there is no cost to join and start selling prints or cards, a Premium account is available for $30 a year and offers added benefits.
Here’s my snake photo:
The exhibit, Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads, by artist Ai Weiwei is on display at Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. (March 3 – June 3)
I took a few photos of his sculptures during our visit and posted them here at my photo blog. Below is one of those pictures with a little color and texture added.
There are a few print-on-demand sites available for artists; Zazzle, Cafe Press and SpreadShirt seem like the most popular at the moment. I’ve had accounts on all of three for a while but
haven’t used them (till now). I decided to go ahead and offer some of my art on a few products via Zazzle.
Have you ever placed anything for sale or purchased from a print-on-demand site? How was your experience?
This video explains a little more about Zazzle:
There’s a variety of products you can have your artwork printed on. I added some of my vectors on small items to get started.
*Udate: I am no longer using any of these sites. Still looking for a way to market my art though. Perhaps by going to the printer myself.