High tech works of art

Keisha Hill, Arts Education Writer

Just by looking at the breathtaking digital paintings diligently crafted by Heather Smith, one would surmise that she has spent many years at the finest universities learning the art. However, Smith is a self-taught artist and used the art form as a young child to occupy her time and, as she so aptly puts it, to “prevent boredom”.

Digital painting is a method of painting or a technique for making digital art on the computer. As a method of creating an art piece, it simulates traditional painting media such as acrylic paint, oils, ink, etc., and on completion, it looks like the pigment that is applied to traditional carriers, such as woven canvas cloth, paper, polyester, etc.

As a technique, it uses a computer graphics software programme which has a virtual canvas and a virtual box of brushes, colours and other supplies. The virtual box contains

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