Last week the company Wacom, almost a monopoly in the world of digital drawing, introduced new technology WILL – Wacom Ink Layer Language. This is the new universal standard that provides cross-platform and work together locally or in the cloud, regardless of the device and the ecosystem. The technology involves the use of not only specialized tablets for digital painting, but also Smartphones and conventional tablet computers equipped with a stylus.
Digital painting, that is, the creation of electronic pictures through computer simulations art tools – this is a very interesting area. We do not hear big news every week about the new graphics tablet and do not wait with bated breath new tools, however, this area of consumer electronics stably and continuously evolving. Digital painting is not as highly specialized as, say, programming. Availability of technologies and tools allow even non-professional artists to create their own digital pictures. As well, the industry has evolved and what can we expect in the future? Let’s try to find out!
Direction digital painting quite young, obviously – for his appearance had sufficient development of computers and the input and output information. The exact date of the first computer drawing, in general, and is not known to anyone. Yes, and that can be considered as such? Does pseudographics to digital drawing or not? The first visible and colorful works made on the computer appeared in the mid 90s of last century, when the widespread SVGA-monitors and video card capable of displaying 16.7 million colors.
Interestingly, the ancestor of the modern tools of digital artist, the first graphics tablet, appeared before the development of personal computers. In 1888, Elisha Gray someone patented the first graphics tablet. And here is the first device, really like modern, consisting of a pen and a flat device, pressure-sensitive, working in conjunction with a computer and used to Stylator handwriting in 1957.
Since the end of the twentieth century the rapid development of digital painting or CG-art (Computer Graphics Art). The reason for this is, firstly, the availability. In order to draw on the computer, you must have a computer in addition to the purchase only graphics tablet and software. The second reason for the growth was the increase in popularity of the artist’s work rate. Graphics programs offer a large number of tools, not to mention the rich color palette. Contemporary artist enough to make two mouse clicks to select the desired color – no need to buy and mix the paint. And do not forget the biggest plus of the computer – any erroneous action in the program can be easily undone. In digital drawing easier to make changes, and send it to the destination, you can immediately upon completion – no need to wait until the paint is dry, and transfer digital media on canvas.
In digital painting great promise but also great limitations. Since the 18th century, traditional art is practically no technical development, contemporary artists are doing almost the same set of instruments as their counterparts a hundred years ago: canvas, brushes, oil … But it grows every year resolution and pixel density displays, enhanced color quality, increasing computing power, develops software – all this is the determining factor for the development of digital ink. That is one side. On the other hand, the resolution of modern monitors are far from resolution of the human eye, the monitor is not able to bring a number of parts and details, which can provide live monitoring of the same size plot canvas classical painting.