How to earn money with digital art?

the sunflowers vanghog


How to earn money with digital art? Hard to answer.

That’s why it is nice to investigate.

I think I’m dealing with this article, about an hot topic for many digital artists (or electronic) , clearly including also myself.

The digital art system, while using as a “Palette” (or main instrument) to build from scratch or modify an artwork, a single PC or a several computer farms, is not too far away, conceptually, from the system of traditional art.

Digital artist, digital art?

fractal art

I wonder, if  passed the 90s fascination about new economy, the wonders of tele- remote working, Web 2.0, the "virtual", it still makes sense to talk about digital artist and analogue artist (or better traditional).

According to a dated and canonical definition, the digital artist uses the computer (in a non-trivial way) as a creative tool, creating completely synthetic works, or manipulating the traditional media (see Wikipedia).

I personally could be partially agreed only when we talk about art generative or mathematics, such as fractal art:

Large Format Photography

large format artistic photography

A series of images obtained with large format cameras.
"Large" is anything that goes beyond the medium format, which uses a film of 6 cm wide (the "classic" 35mm format uses a film of only 24mm in wide!).
I usually shot in the American size 4 "x 5" (about 10x12cm), cause I like the squarish ratio, 9x12cm (European version of the american 4x5 , intercheangeable by using the right holder in modern 4x5 or 9x12 cameras) , 13x18cm, 5 "x7" using self-built or antique machines.

Analogue and digital photography: Quality

selfie by charles baudelarie

note: I have to update the translation, this comes straight from bing translator, please be patient, no don’t go mad, there’s plenty to read on the internet!

Photography, like all techniques, has undergone countless innovations and changes over the years.

Usually, when it comes to innovation, we talk about advantages from the point of view of usability and quality.

With photography, the most obvious evolutionary advantages of the last 70-80 years have certainly been in terms of ergonomics, portability and ease of sharing of the visual material produced.

Caffenol : black and white developer with home ingredients

moka bialetti

As a kid I played with a chemistry set (made for kids : In Italy it was a popoular game called "Il Piccolo chimico") When I read that it was possible to develop films and black and white papers with homemade ingredients, I had to try it. You will need: soluble coffee, caustic soda (not bicarbonate, but sodium carbonate), ascorbic acid (perhaps lemon juice would work equally), water.

Caffenol : like biscuits dipped into the coffee

binari caffenol

he results did not leave me fully satisfied in terms of quality. Photos developed, probably improperly, were extremely dense, and only decent for scanning.

Also, surely, because they are C41 rolls (color, expired) processed in a black and white chemistry (homecrafted).

With a bew black and white film, like foma , used in the medium-format "squared" examples, the results have drastically improved.

But the stench remains, and causes domestic conflicts.

These experiments  have anyway some charm, and it was definitely fun.

Summer art

sea art

Digital art under the Umbrella . Entirely made using a smartphone (smartphone camera, Snapseed App)

Digital artwork realized with a smartphone

Campagnola - folding

Probabilmente il tipo di macchina fotografica più antica, discendente diretta dalla camera obscura portatile: La luce entra dalla lente anteriore, e va a proiettarsi (capovolta) sul vetro smerigliato posto nel retro della macchina. Andando ad avvicinare o ad allontanare la lente anteriore dal vetro smerigliato, si andranno a mettere a fuoco soggetti più lontani o più vicini.

Differenziazione nelle tipologie di macchine fotografiche.

Quando si pensa ad una macchina fotografica,  si tende a vederla come una "black box" tecnologica, come un apparato in grado di catturare immagini. La più nuova sarà meglio della vecchia. E' importate cercare di considerare le basi del funzionamento dei vari tipi di macchina, per capire quella che fa più al caso nostro, in base al tipo di scatto che vogliamo realizzare.

The small square picture - zeiss ikon taxona

taxona, tuscan house

A little series taken with a Zeiss Ikon Taxona . A peculiarity of this camera is that it snaps square 24x24 mm pictures, resembling the proportions of the 60x60mm medium format film, so much loved by the fans of Hasselblad.



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