Real art in virtual space

Digital colours: Artists with their digital paintings on exhibition at Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery in Kozhikode on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Staff Reporter

An exhibition of digital paintings is on at the Akademi art gallery

Kozhikode: It is a different world of painting. No brush, no paint, no canvas, or easels to hold them.

But, the new-age art of ‘digital painting’ has come a long way, as was evident from the group exhibition of works by a dozen animation and special-effects students at Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery here.

More than 25 ‘frames’ displayed here, point toward the astonishing possibilities of an emerging art form, in which traditional paintings techniques are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, digitizing tablets and different software.

Most of the works by artists from a private animation and special effects school here were done in software such as ‘Adobe Illustrator,’ ‘AutoDesk Maya’ and ‘Photoshop.’

Light and shade have been deftly used in ‘Two Heads’ by M.K. Sajeesh. Some works are so realistic that it is difficult for an art-lover to believe that it is not just a photograph of a real object.

‘Kathakali Crowns’ by Biju, using ‘Maya’, and ‘Blind Earthen Faces’ and ‘Cashew Men’ too are eye-catchers. ‘Tribal Woman’ done by M.U. Unnikrishnan in Adobe Illustrator, is eloquent on the new-age technique’s potential in emulating traditional mediums.

The immense possibilities of familiar software like ‘Adobe Photoshop’ have been adeptly utilised by the young artist, A.C. Umesh in his ‘Aquarium.’

Attention to details

“Creation of realistic images involves great amount of attention to the details. It is quite time consuming,” says R.K. Sreesyam, the instructor at the animation school.

He says that designing of characters in 3D image involves steps such as model creation, application of texture, lighting and rendering.

“The creative bent of the artist is as important as the technical know-how in digital painting,” says Sreesyam.

The works are displayed in 32x24 photo prints. The show will end on June 13.