Blue Meenie #2

Digital drawing (Painter)

Are video game images art? You bet.  I have the feeling that they are the cutting edge of contemporary work, much the way some graffiti has been over the past decade.  I don’t play video games but I have watched them being played and I check out Joystiq every day to see what is going on in the industry and to read one of my favorite reporters.  I have known him for a long time.

Right now, I am using Corel’s Painter and a Wacom pad (Intuos 3) a lot.  It is a great way to experiment and digital work is very much the future.  It has a different quality than that of traditional media.  It produces drawings that are more like what you’d find in comic books, cartoons or, that’s right, some video games.  At least it does in the way that I am using it.  The pad surface is slick, without the “tooth” that you get with paper or canvas.  It is easy to change things.  Layers was and is  the best thing about both Adobe and Corel products.  But, it is ideal for odd-ball illustrations, the kind that go on cups and humorous greeting cards.
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