As consumers of digital technology, I think it’s fair to say that most of us are interested in creativity being expressed through technology – 3D animation, digital music, photography and so forth. When it comes to digital art though, where does one exactly find high quality digital art? I mean, we all know good art when we see it, but where do you find it? Art museums very rarely feature prints of digital artwork, so where do you go to obtain high quality art which you can actually save to your desktop or order prints for? You’re about to find out.
Perhaps the best place to start would be community art groups. I guess you could refer to these places as online digital art museums except they generally have a community driven focus with interviews, commenting and forum systems. Being online these sites pull artists from different backgrounds, of different ages together which help broaden the styles of art on display.
There are three of these sites of this nature that I’d like to recommend. The first being depthCORE. depthCORE has been in existence since 2002 and boasts a collection of 35 exhibitions (known as chapters) with each chapter containing between 50-150 pieces. depthCORE artists use a range of media in conjunction with digital media. You’ll notice a blend of drawing, photography, 3D modelling, photo manipulation etc. The culmination of these techniques creates a wicked, lively and unique sense of style and art which is at the forefront of modern art direction. Like many of these sites depthCORE has expanded out to include not just digital art but also photography, music and animation. Their latest chapter is the greyscale Noir.
The other two sites I’d like to suggest is Ekove and Konvulse. Ekove began in 2005 and has a stronger collaborative focus as well as a stronger presence of photography. Ekove has close to 20 exhibitions which you can find here. Konvulse on the other hand is the smallest of the three with only 8 exhibitions, the site is a little clumsy in design but the quality of artwork is still very high and should not be disregarded. Both of these sites are very similar in vein to depthCORE.
The unfortunate thing about these three sites is that none of them provide their own prints service. In which case I’d recommend clicking through to the artist profiles, then from there through to their personal website. If the artist is successful enough they may have their own prints service or a deviantART account which offers prints.
On the topic of deviantART, you’ve surely heard of them right? deviantART is the largest online community of artist, a Web 2.0 site (if you will) in which anyone can sign up and contribute. This obviously means that the level of quality is much lower than the previously mentioned sites, but the sheer depth and breadth of work available is astounding. Furthermore deviantART also offer their own prints service in which many prominent artists take up. This makes deviantART the premier source for buying prints online. Finding the cream of the crop is easy enough with the well designed interface. It’s all just a matter of finding something you like and losing yourself for a few hours. deviantART also boasts has a lot of fan-art too.
If you’re like me and interested in artwork to fill your desktop then Desktopography is the place for you. Desktopography blends natural environment with digital art to create simply gorgeous wallpapers at a series of different resolutions. Desktopography have been around for 4 years and release a new exhibition of between 10-40 wallpapers every year.
This concludes the list of suggestions for those interested in sampling and discovering more about digital art. Many of these sites link out to other graphic design websites and so forth, so I’m certain that these websites should provide an adequate launching pad for your interests. If you have any further suggestions then please feel free to comment and let us know.