Digital artwork is a catch-all term almost too vague to be useful,
but sometimes we're stuck with it.
I use the term to describe both fine art and commercial illustration
wherein i create most of the imagery directly in the computer.
Some elements may be photographic in origin, or scanned, and others
created using drawing software, before all elements are combined
into the finished work. In some instances, physical objects are
placed directly on the scanner bed: it is my opinion that the
scanner is a camera, just one with a very wide image area and
a very shallow depth of field.
The vagueness in the definition comes from the fact that virtually
all of my photography now is digital, and so virtually every image
is processed through the computer at some point, whether unaltered
or heavily processed using any of the Photoshop filters that I
wrote to customize the look of my artwork.
I also use a great deal of that quintessially modern art technique,
collage. Most images that combine layers or elements are technically
collage, in some cases photomontage.
The entire Spiral Dance series, for example, comprises visionary and archetypal images
consisting of collage and manipulated imagery and photography:
quintessential digital artwork. A few Spiral Dance images are
shown below; for a more complete overview of the series, click
I should also mention that each digital artwork piece, even though
created in the computer, may be printed on archival photographic
paper or, in the case of a giclée print, on watercolor paper or
canvas. The materials we can print on now are almost endless.
So, with all that in mind, please enjoy the digital artwork!
Palimpsest I: Making it new
Stone Leaf Book (triptych)
Memory of Trees
Self-Portrait, age 14
Falling Ice, St. Croix River, Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls,
Grand Prize & First Place Awards, Interstate Park Photography
Measure of Man I
Measure of Man II
Fountain, Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN, summer 2002
Javanese boys playing, 1986
For more digital artwork, of a somewhat more abstract variety,
check out the Fractal Art page.