Artists today can use a new digital language and landscape to create some of the most compelling pieces of modern, postmodern and contemporary art. Digital drawings and digital painting are at the core of visual concepts and art making in today’s technological society.

The Early Days of Digital Art

Computers were not accessible to the public until 1977. At that point, only scientists and engineers could understand and manipulate the technology. Sketchpad was released in 1963 and provided users with a large tablet and a cathode ray tube as a stylus. This was the first tablet design and eventually was innovated to be the core design that is still used today.

The First Digital Drawings and Paintings

Digital art making software began with the MacPaint program. Paint offered users the ability to add colour to pixels by using a mouse. As time went on, the colour choices improved but the strokes or marks made on the digital drawing plane would be layered on top of each other.

The Future of Digital Drawing and Painting

The development of digital tablets has elevated the experience to replicate the results of a traditional artist. You can now choose different blend modes and develop layers within a project. You can revisit and edit those layers separately as the project goes on. You can create masks and use different eraser techniques to develop elaborate pieces of art in a fraction of the time.

Why Should I Upgrade?

The lower end tablets use the external screen as a sensor to replicate the pressure, angle and strokes where the higher end tablets use software programs like Sketchbook pro in combination with a specialty stylus that can allow for the most authentic art making experience.

In the last forty years, digital artists have gone from being limited to a mouse and a computer to being able to create digital drawings on the go, in any media they choose.