Gallery of characteristics of digital paintings


Raster painting

Octave Pixel's Small Rocks is a typical raster painting. It is not possible to create the 'perfectly imperfect' lines and shapes that are made by a human hand in a program for vector painting.

 

Octave Pixel: Small rocks, raster painting
  • Soft, nuanced overal appearance 
  • Rich multicolor planes
  • Hand formed lines and curves
  • Digital texture (abraded patches)

    Vector-raster painting

    1. Hybrid program
    In Sunny Angle (below), stroke by stroke raster forms and lines are subtly smoothed by Bezier curves. The overall non-raster, non-vector appearance of the painting reflects the hybrid basis of the program (ArtRage) and gives it a homogenous appearance.  


    Sunny angle by Helene Goldberg, created in a hybrid program
     
    • Smooth, homogenous, overal appearance
    • Sharper than raster, softer than vector paintings
    • Vector shapes (circle, rectangles) 
    • 3D illusion (not present in this painting)
    • Textured color planes (orange, white)
    • Multicolor planes (grey, green, mauve)
    • Transparencies (yellow line) 

    2. Two programs combined
    In Rear window (below) a program for raster painting (Brushes) and a program for vector (Inkpad) are used in the same painting. Combining programs makes it possible to contrast characteristics of vector and raster. 

      Programs for vector and raster painting combined in Rear window

      •  Hard-and-soft overal appearance
      • Vector shapes (red shapes, green and white oval forms, grey planes left and right)
      • 3D illusion (red shapes)
      • Gradients (red shapes)
      • Transparencies (grey shadows)
      • Uniform color panes (yellow, blue, mauve)
      • Multicolor planes of raster (patches of soft pink-red, grey-purple)
      • Soft forms and lines of raster (centre)

       

      Vector painting

      No artist could better illustrate the characteristics of vector painting than Amparo Higón, a pioneering vector painter with an impressive oeuvre of abstract and figurative work hosted at Flickr.

       

      Amparo Higón: self-portrait
      • Highly defined, bold, sharp forms
      • 3D illusion (red balls and the eye)
      • Digital texture (plastic in the epaulettes, glass in the balls, metal in the button) 
      • Architectural forms (the collar and the hat)
      • Uniform color planes


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