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Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists (Digital Process and Print) Paperback – July 25, 2005
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About the Author
JD Jarvis received an MFA in Video and Mixed Media in 1975. He and his artist wife began creating work utilizing a computer around 1994 and soon after that founded their own company, Dunking Bird Productions, in order to offer design and printing services to digital art and commercial clients. He is a contributing editor and critic of digital art for EFX, Art and Design, Digital Output and Great Output magazines, as well as, several digital art related websites. In 2000, JD won the grand prize of the annual Tokyo based Toray Industries Digital Creative Award and has shown his work regularly in national and international exhibits.
Top Customer Reviews
Since we have digital artists in the thousands, however, all eager to learn more technique, to make the most of all that's available, to see what each other is doing, we need resource material to serve them. "Going Digital" does this admirably in an original way. Seventeen artists each take the same three given photographic images and use up-to-the-minute tools to mold their own creations. The results are startlingly different. Most important, each artist has recorded his or her creative process in a sort of running diary, illustrated with dozens of images used or discarded en route to the final one.
The technology will more than likely change drastically as artists and computer scientists continue to interact. What will remain exciting and inspiring in Joe Nalven and JD Jarvis's book is the implicit discussions among editors and contributors about the meaning of art, the value of art, the place of artists, what changes and what abides. Both the many fine prints and the thoughtful questions raised fit into the history and practice of art, as always fascinating every one of us. Every question has more than one answer; rarely are these answers just yes and no. Although the discussion is implicit, the reader knows that he is in the hands of experienced teachers. The authors leave no doubt that their book goes past "now".
You'll want this book on your shelf or in your hand always. I wish that Amazon would let me give it a sixth star.
Just as Susan Sontag's book On Photography helped to propel traditional photography into being seen as Fine Art, this book goes a long way to provide insights into the medium we call Digital Art. The lines separating traditional artistic mediums are increasingly becoming blurred by the introduction of digital tools. Photographers now have the choice between "wet" film processes and "dry" digital ones. Painters can elect to work in "wet" traditional artistic mediums or "dry" digital ones. Both produce very similar looking pieces that make it hard to distinguish what "medium" it was created with and which should be considered "Fine Art". The book addresses this controversy in an intelligent and insightful manner. Rather than simply being a recipe book for "how to", it goes into great depth to show the thought process of a number of digital artists and how they utilize their digital tools when faced with creating an artwork based on three "seed" photographic images. Far from showing digital art as a push button process, it lets the readers appreciate how complex and varied the processes can be, and how even the same tools can produce completely different results when used by different people.
I would highly recommend this book to any serious digital artist as well as traditional artists to enable them to gain insight into what this digital medium is all about, and how it can be used as a tool to create artwork that is in every way worthy of being considered Fine Art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would highly recommend this book to any photographer or graphic artist who wants to explore the possibilities of digital imaging. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Vincent McGee
There is little that I can add to the previous excellent, detailed reviews. But I did want to add my two cents worth:
I received my "Going Digital" from Amazon a few... Read more
There was a time when artists bread and butter work was painting true to life pictures: portraits, battle scenes, ships, landscapes. Read morePublished on September 9, 2005 by John Matlock
Digital art is new to me. The way that Nalven and Jarvis show how digital artists think and create through a creative assignment like this has really opened my eyes to the... Read morePublished on September 9, 2005 by Fred Zuill
Artists working from same set of photographs provided an interesting conceptual starting point for what turned out to be an extremely varied selection of final art. Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by Dorothy Krause
As one of the artists contributing chapters to the book I was curious as to how the authors, Joe Nalven and JD Jarvis, would navigate the 17 individual interpretations of the same... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by D. G. Kaufman
A very colorful book from cover to cover. A "how to" from different digital artists working with the same material. A book worth studying over and over again.Published on August 13, 2005 by Allan G. Mandell