Wherein I (attempt to) answer some of the questions you might have about Digital Art

What is it?

Digital art is art that is made via the manipulation of pixels using a computer with suitable software driven assistance. The pixels can be derived from any source including the computer itself, a digital camera, another file, a scanner, or a fractal or other math driven process. The end result of the various manipulations is a computer file containing the instructions for the position and color of all the individual pixels

How does Digital Art compare to more traditional media?

In fine art (film) photography, the photographer uses a camera to capture light on a film negative. This negative is then used to generate prints on suitable photographic paper. In digital art, the file containing the pixel information is used by a suitable printer to generate prints (on almost any surface imaginable). More like painting, however, the creation of the digital file can accommodate all manner of de-novo creation involving the digital equivalents of drawing, brushstrokes, color washes, and abstractions. Which is, to me, more or less a combination of the best aspects of painting & photography

What are the limitations of Digital Art?

There are two, both associated with the printing process. The small one is that, generally, you are limited to a size of 60 inches (1.5 m) on the "short" side of the artwork. Although bigger printers are made, finding them and the media to put into them is (still) quite the chore (but overcomeable with enough time & $). The Big limitation of digital art is Texture. Currently all of the accessible printers print "flat" which is to say without any impasto or 3 dimensional brushstroke effects. However, this is changing as we speak. I fully expect to be able to start experimenting with adding brushstroke data to my favorite digital artworks and print at various impasto levels in the very near future. Yes, I can hardly wait (!).

Tell me a little more about what equipment you use.

Certainly. A lot more details can be found Here.
And thanks for taking an interest.

Do you use Giclée Printing?

Short answer, Yep. Long Answer, Giclée is one of those terms that used to mean a Lot more than it does now. If someone tells you they provide Giclée printing, your response should be ". . . yeah but what Printer do you use??" More often than not you will find that they have a wide format Epson or Canon in the back room. Why not? the sizes run to 5+ feet wide by longer than most rooms, the inks are pigment based and are colorfast for decades (way longer than your old film photographs or anything but really well cared for oil paintings) and are relatively painless to operate (except when its time to reorder the rather $$$ ink). For the record I have traditionally favored Epson printers, but am intrigued by the newer Canon models.

Are you artworks available in limited editions??

Yes. Only 7 prints of any artwork on my site will be made at any size greater than 24 inches (60 cm) on the long dimension.

Of those seven printouts usually one is kept "for the family of the artist" and six are available to be be purchased. Upon purchase you will receive a letter / email (your choice) from me indicating both my thanks for the sale and which of the 7 available (large) prints you purchased as well as some additional info about the work (often including a description of which individual photographs & programs were used to generate the image). Sale of prints of 20 inches or less are not limited (but you'll still get the thank you letter and other info from me, if you wish).

What about all those jpegs out there on the internet??

What about them? Realize that a work like Admirers is derived from a 271 MB file measuring 10,104 x 8928 pixels. The jpegs on my website run 500 x 447 pixels. Or if you'd rather the jpeg web copy contains less than 1% of the information encoded into the original. Your not going to get much of a printout, throwing away 99% of the information originally there. Not to mention jpeg artifacts (sort of a checkerboard pattern that starts showing up) become tremendous upon any significant up-sampling. So no, the various jpegs on the web aren't going to affect the value of a carefully produced high resolution print.

When I press the Purchase button it tells me I'm going to a Fine Art America site. Why is that?

Because Fine Art America (FAA) is the best on demand printing service I could find. I (currently) use them for all of my large format printing, and have been very happy with quality of the output. Also FAA provides a much wider range of sizes, surfaces, papers, mats, frames, etc than I could provide to you any other way. In addition they have very good turn-around times and a very good 30 day money back guarantee. All in all its an almost unbeatable combination.

I'd rather buy direct from the Artist. Can I?

But of course. At any point I usually have a number of my works in inventory. If you are interested in a print of a particular work just contact me at kgh@kghofsf.com and I will let you know the particulars of the work in question (size, media, and framing if any) and the price.

Final Words

It wasn't immediately apparent, but the development of photography in the 1840s eventually led to a revolution in fine art that gave us impressionism, modernism, and all what followed. Computer-based digital art will be similarly revolutionary in its effects. If you don't feel you've seen it yet, remember that were still in the early days and that the advent of (affordable) cameras, printers, and computers powerful enough to facilitate creativity is only ~ 10 years old at this point. The best is yet to come (!)

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