Posts Tagged ‘Illustration’

Do computers prevent children from developing creative skills?

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I was having a conversation the other day and it was suggested to me that computers could be detrimental in art and design education because they take so much away from the students personal creativity; “They just press a button and its done for them” I was told. This isn’t the first time this has been suggested to me.

I would like to share with you why I think this is not the case and why I think the opposite may be true. However! first I would like to acknowledge that there are a lot of children’s “creative” software applications that offer very little creative freedom, I am thinking of apps such as those colouring in ones, where the child simply picks a colour and clicks or taps in the space to be filled. In the real, non-digital world there are also a lot of so called creative toys that offer very little in the way of creative freedom. The other day I was I was looking at a colouring-in book which coloured it’s self just by brushing clear water over the pages. This clearly has no creative value and you simple would not select these products if your interest was in creative development. Digital painting requires much the same skills as traditional painting.

Digital painting requires much the same skills as traditional painting. Many creative computer and tablet applications offer a lot of creative flexibility. More than this, they offer an easy way to make and correct mistakes, try things out and change things. This is an essential part of the creative process. Knowing that you can try things out and mess things up is vital to reaching your desired result and is conducive to creative experimentation; An approach that is often far less convenient and tempting using traditional techniques.

Of course you still have to work within the confines of the applications possibilities in much the same way as you would with any other media. A degree of restriction by the media is often an aid to the creative process and gives the artist something to work with.

I think the most exciting way in which the digital approach really offers creative advantage though, is in its multi modal tendency. I love the way the computer has become a central hub where a seemingly endless array of creative techniques can be bought together to result in new ways of developing, creating and delivering ideas. There have been many times I have bought together ink drawings, photography, video, sound and digital illustration in a single project. The biggest challenge for me in the digital world has been knowing when to stop and say, thats it, its done!

So in brief, I believe, as with real world tools and techniques, your creative freedom in the digital world is only restricted by your choice of tools and your imagination. In addition to this going digital facilitates endless ways of combining multiple techniques.

What are your views on this?

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Landscape Illustration

I have just completed this hand drawn illustration of a landscape design by James Alexander-Sinclair. http://www.blackpitts.co.ukLandscape design

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