Back in the early
90's, when I first heard of computer/art programs I was skeptical, because I felt an inanimate,
cold and lifeless machine would stifle and limit one’s creativity, or at
least have limitations. It seems, I was wrong on both accounts because, of course, no medium limits anyone's imagination, or, is
itself - limiting.. The bottom line is that if you enjoy the medium, the medium will work for you.
Because it was new and challenging, I enjoyed exploring this high-tech medium and learning to manipulate the various program’s tools, to achieve the desired lines, planes, colors nuances and textures to create these images.
All of these works started from scratch on a white screen, as opposed to manipulating an imported digitized or scanned image (except the 'Myles Davis's' image above/left- that was scanned-in and manipulated). And, like the airbrush, which I have worked for over 20 years, it also suits my style, temperament and attitude. Although, neither the airbrush nor the computer are conventional mediums, and neither is considered a viable art medium by common standards, I maintain that any medium can be used to create, and, if the artist enjoys creating with it, that medium is "viable".
You will also notice that these prints are not smooth or refined, but maintain a stark, raw digital, pixelated quality. This is because the printer on which the pieces were printed, was an old HP PaintJet printer which only printed at 280 dpi, compared to today's laser-like printers. I especially liked this at the time, because the low resolution print gives the images a surreal, impressionistic feel, that, I feel, compliments the works, and gives the overall work a brassy feel that complements the brass instruments and theme. Overall, it presents a different look in art that can not be duplicated by any other means.
The Missing Link: These style of images, probably, could not be created with today's high resolution software and printers. I, therefore consider them the missing link between the heavy pixilated art of the past - to today’s high definition and glossy ads and images seen in magazines, etc.
All the works seen here are original, and go back to 1991. Unfortunately I lost the original files of these works, because in January of 1993, I inadvertently erased the hard drive containing the files. and lost a few months worth of works including other sketches and ideas. Luckily, during the past couple of years, I had downloaded and saved hard copies of most of the files, which is you see here.
It's ironic that something that took a few months to create could be wiped away at the stroke of a key - in a techno-second. I think of the lost works being out in some kind of ‘techno-limbo’. After this loss, I shed some tears and learned a lesson –not to clean-up a hard drive while drinking beer - sort of like - ‘Don't drink and Drive'...I can say 'Do not Drink and Clean your Hard-Drive’. After the frustration and tears I resolved that there was nothing left to do but go forward.
Conclusively, I feel these computer-generated illustrations/art are testament that passionate, sexy art can be created with an inanimate cold, lifeless machine, like the computer. For example, I think - "Piano Bar" or "Blowing in the Wind" and "Light my Fire" are HOT pieces - as one can feel the passion behind their creation!
artist, Ray Gatica
Contact us with any questions please contact us at: Ray@GaticaArt.com or call Ray at 281-441-9714. Our website is www.GaticaArt.com. Please visit our other related sites: www.MuralsandBigArt.com, and www.Airbrushmagic.net.
A Few Words: On the Computer as an Art Medium
The Digital Works
Title: 'Miles Davis
Digital Art, Gatica
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