Category Archives: DIGITAL ART

Digital painting: not like the real thing isn’t it?

With computers everywhere (or almost) and the digital age, a new form of art is emerging and while the end product can be rather astonishing, this can surely not be compared with the real thing that is painting with a physical medium.

Do not get me wrong here, ART-PIE does not dislike it or having a go at all the digital painters, I am just trying to say that I surely would not get the same feeling of excitement I get with holding a spray paint can or a brush if I had to paint with a computer as my canvas and a stylus or a digitizing tablet(as they call it) as my can or brush – not for me. Continue reading Digital painting: not like the real thing isn’t it?

Video painting: showing the world in real time

What an exciting concept and so twenty-first century! Any web 2.0 person with a strong interest in art has to embrace this concept.

Not surprising that the idea blossomed in a philosopher mind – Hilary Lawson who is also a documentary film maker.

What is all about then?

‘escape the limitations of the traditional video narrative’
‘escape our cultural and perceptual closures, freeing the viewer to play in the openness of the image’

Wow, well said folks from the Open Gallery which now represents the Artscape project – the collective of artists founded by Mr Lawson in 2003

Immerse yourself into the piece you are looking at, just experience it, get out of it a simple feeling. Ditch the attempts to understand why, just enjoy the what is in front of your eyes.

Yes, video painting will set you free so check out that piece from Mr Lawson entitled Play in Three Acts

Check the open gallery website for more videos –

For the techies, computer scientists developed in 2003 a technology (known as Laluna) which enabled video paintings to be stored and played in such a manner that their order did not repeat (but was also not random) getting thus rid of the constraint that limit the potential of video art.

I do not know for you guys but ART-PIE is now very impatient to go and check it out at the Open Gallery so watch this space!


Digital art: stop motion

Stop-motion (also known as stop-action or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures are often used in stop-motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop-motion animation using clay is described as clay animation or clay-mation.

A few of the best ART-PIE have seen are below.

Hours and hours of work here for these two first examples. Top quality.

Warning: these two films contain some adult language in the subtitles, but if you can stand the occasional and brief “F” word, the pay off is huge.

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Jim Campbell: art and pixels

A man runs. He falls down. He struggles back onto his feet and he runs some more. It’s a simple narrative. Even without much detail, you can understand what’s going on. Pause the video, though, and the scene isn’t nearly as clear. Movement makes up for the lack of other visual information. Your brain can read and understand a video at much lower resolution than it would need to make equal sense of a still frame.

Meet Jim Campbell, a former Silicon Valley engineer turned visual artist. Inspired by early Bell Labs experiments with pixelated images, and by his own engineering work with digital filters, Campbell makes art that toys with the human brain.

Much of the inspiration for Campbell’s current work comes from a story in that magazine, written by Bell Labs’ Leon Continue reading Jim Campbell: art and pixels