Computer Graphics and Traditional Painting Techniques

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Computer Graphics and Traditional Painting Techniques
(A Potential for Synergy)
For many, Computer Graphics is rapidly becoming the preferred medium to produce poster designs. With a mouse, appropriate software and hardware, monitor, a scanner and a laser printer, one can control a project from start to finish. Painting at the same time, is a visual medium, which the artist describes as a static medium (i.e. it can only show snapshots), but it can be enhanced by stylistic elements of a metalanguage to produce the visual impression of dynamics. The viewer's imagination is asked to interpret these symbols and to change the meaning of objects actually shown.

Traditional mediums have always evolved alongside, and in response to computer technology. They are different angles of human development, but are entwined because they both reflect human ingenuity and expression. This study recognizes the dynamic relationship that one can never exhaust exploring its various possibilities. Even though a method which describes a way to generate interactively a computer painting with brush strokes from a natural or synthetic picture has been developed, this computer generated technique does not still give the work that "real" look, that a paintbrush would give to an art work. The pressure of the brush, the velocity, the thickness, the direction, the characteristics of the paper or canvas, the opacity of the bristles and the color deviation of the computer-generated brush strokes can never match or suppress that of the traditional paintbrush. The study acknowledges the fact that artists can build their worlds according to existing laws, but they can also set up their worlds according to their own laws, by laying out the germ and watching what evolves from it.

Social commentaries through graphic arts have a long and turbulent history that stretches far back over the centuries, and shadows developments in print technology. Various social commentaries like political...
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