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The History of Art - Vector GraphicsThe earliest 2D computer graphics were all vector graphics.
One of the first uses of vector graphic displays was the US SAGE air defence system. Vector graphics systems were only retired from U.S. en route air traffic control in 1999, and are likely still in use in military and specialised systems. Vector graphics were also used on the TX-2 at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory by computer graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland to run his program Sketchpad in 1963.
Subsequent vector graphics systems, most of which iterated through dynamically modifiable stored lists of drawing instructions, include Digital's GT40. There was a home gaming system that used vector graphics called Vectrex as well as various arcade games like Asteroids and Space Wars. Storage scope displays, such as the Tektronix 4014, could display vector images but not modify them without first erasing the display.
Modern vector graphics displays can sometimes be found at laser light shows, where two fast-moving X-Y mirrors position th
ART HISTORY: OVERVIEW OF CANADIAN ART AND ARTISTSThis is the first of four articles I will be writing for ^DistortedSmile's Art History Project. If the topic of Canadian art does not interest you, there are many more articles being released all over dA that will cover a variety of art subjects. Click the link provided above to see a schedule of when these articles are being released!
This article seeks to introduce you to a variety of works of art and several artists that you may not have realized are Canadian and recommend a few samples from various mediums. I wanted to start with this article because, while all of this is common knowledge to me, there are many people out there, even Canadians, who may not realize some of their favorite works originated in Canada. If you don't understand the significance of some of the works below in terms of their Canadian context, fret not. A later article will explore how the history of Canada plays an important role in underst
Art History: Animation History Day 1/2By Morgan!
Part 1||Part 2
Over the next two days, I will highlight the main elements in the history of the moving art form that is animation. To animate means to bring to life, and the past hundred or so years have proven that art has come to life in one of the most complex and dedicated art forms around.
I will use timelines, professional terminology and descriptions to give a very brief rundown of the history up until present day.
Bearing in mind, although animation is one of the newer forms of art, there is an extensive, exhaustive history on it, and I suggest further reading if you so wish! (Further reading will be applied on Day 2).
All images are from Wikipedia or Corbis unless otherwise stated.
Day 1 Introduction to the common methods of animation and pre-1900s Animation
Day 2 1930s; The Golden Ages of Animation and brief rundown of the Digital Takeover (1930s-Present); Epilogue.
Animation a seq
Art History: Animation History Day 2/2Continued from Art history: Animation History Day 1/2
(If you thought that was long...then this might be a shocker!)
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UK, 1899-1904 Matches: An Appeal
Being quite a pioneer for the future of animation, an animation named Matches: An Appeal was photographed by Arthur Melbourne-Cooper in St. Albans. It was one of the earliest 'applied animations' (animation considered to have a purpose other than entertainment, such as for charity or information) as it asked people to send money to British troops in the Boer War.
Cooper is also acknowledged as the inventor of the CU, or Close-up shot!
UK/USA, 1900-06 James Stewart Blackton
Considered the first drawn animation, Blackton created drawings and modified them whilst filming them, to produce such animations as The Enchanted Drawing (1900) and Humo
Art History - Renaissance: MannerismAs part of the Art History project being hosted by #communityrelations and being built by various members of the community, I am here to give you a brief introdcution to Renaissance Painting, with a focus on the Mannerist style.
Mannerism was a style during the high Renaissance (the 1500s) in Italy. In chronological order, Classical Renaissance preceeded it and the Baroque Period followed in Italy (see ~Supaslim from December 16th-18th for Baroque Art). But mannerism stayed popular outside of Italy, in much of Northern Europe until the 17th century. The markers of the Mannerist style are very long proportions, lack of obvious persepctive, odd or unlikely settings and very stylized poses and expressions. Michelangelo's styled was considered to be Early Mannerist and later Mannersit artists sought to immitate his style.
Mannerism, in content, focused mainly on the popular religious and mythological themes of the 16th century.
ART HISTORY: CANADIAN ART IN CONTEXTCANADIAN ART HISTORY:
Article I: Overview of Canadian Art and Artists
Article II: Canadian Art in Context
Article III: TBA
Article IV: TBA
Historical Context of Canadian Art Themes
As with all civilizations, knowing the history of a country or region will greatly affect one's understanding of its cultural development. Canadian art is no exception. The history of Canada, and the nature of the country's development, has had a major impact on its art over the centuries.
Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of landmass and has borders that span from the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic.1 While the land was inhabited already by Native Americans before British and French colinization, Canada is usually referred to beginning with the much smaller colonies of Upp
Hellenistic GreeceAlexander the Great died in 323 BC. After, the Hellenistic age was born.
The hellenistic period dates from 323 BC to 146 BC. It took cues from history and , but also innovated in it's own right.
Architecturally, the Pergamon in Greece is a classic example of the hellenistic style. You may not see from the image, but the friezes illustrate a poem which was made for the court.
Sculpturally, hellenistic art followed the style of being pleasurable from all angles, instead of only one. It also shows vulnerability within people, specifically showcased in The Galatian Suicide.
The Laocoon Group
The Galatian suicide
Painting wise, hellenistic art followed more realistic styling, such as the Alexander Mosaic
Julius Shulman (Architectural Photographer)Julius Shulman was a modern architectural photographer from California. He was born 10 October 1910.
In 1947, Julius asked architect Raphael Soriano to build a studio in hollywood. Construction began on it in 1949. The building took 9 months to complete. In 1987, Los Angeles declared the house a historic-cultural monument.
In the 1960's, modernism started to slip, and post-modernism was in. This caused him to retire.
In 2000, Julius came out of retirement to work with his business partner, Juergen Nogai.
From 2005 to 2006, the Getty Research Institute held an exhibition for him.
On December 16th, 2007, the Getty Research Institute held another exhibit for Julius, this time at the Los Angeles Public Library.
In February 2008, Palm Springs Art Museum held the largest exhibit ever held for Julius.
Shulman's most famous photograph is "Case Study House #22"
Julius died 15 July 2009, during which
Street Photography - The OriginsAs we all know from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding everything was invented by the Greeks. Well, ok we left some trivial things to be invented by the Chinese as well. What you may not know is that Street photography was also invented by the Greeks before Photography itself was even invented.
Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment or "the supreme moment". The Greeks believed the concept of Kairos is achieved when such a moment is grasped for otherwise the moment is gone and cannot be re-captured. According to ancient Greeks, Kairos was the god of the “fleeting moment.”
Interestingly the ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative nature.
Does the above remind you of the "Decisive moment", the essence of Street Photography?
Body Art History 1/3: AncientLong before recorded history, Man desired to express himself.
The same pigments collected for cave painting would become the earliest body paints. Charcoal, Ochre, and Malachite were pulverized and kept in hollow seashells for the sake of art.
Very quickly, permanent modifications evolved into the identifiable- tattoos, scarification, and piercings. Modification developed out of necessity for expression, individualization
and belonging. Rites of Passage or Coming of Age Ceremonies were as necessary and as validating as the
modern driver's license but requiring more of a lifelong token.
The intricate and painful facial markings of the Maori (native New Zealanders) chronicled entire genealogies.
In the greatest display of faith and dedication to the great unknown, humans developed painful ceremonies. This pain of self-expression became the medium in the Sun Dance Ceremony and the Chidi Mari Festival that pushed the body to its limits in pursuit of otherworldly experience.
In pursuit of t
Body Art History 2/3: Middle AgesAfter the fall of lavish Rome, art and culture nearly vanished.
Populations of Europeans became illiterate serfs.
They worked hard to survive and they owned very little.
As they worked in the hard sun, their skin darkened and their clothing faded.
Your wedding dress was your finest dress and you very likely would have worn it a few times, on special occasions, before you handed it down to your daughter.
The Christian church became the sole guiding light for most folks.
From the 7th Century through to the Renaissance, the Church believed that makeup was "sinful."
Those who do not have to work in the sun remain pale and their clothing, un-tattered. Pale faces and vibrant colors became symbols of wealth.
From the fall of Rome through the Late Renaissance...
-Church declares makeup sinful.
-Paleness is cool.
-Italian women begin wearing lip color.
Later in period
-Women begin bleeding themselves to achieve the treasured paleness.
-Women begin plucking their entire hair line for
Body Art History 3/3: Modern DayNear the turn of the century, lipstick is given its modern wax and oil based formula. In the early 1900s, around the birth of the silent film era, lipstick gets its signature twist-up tube.
The American film industry gave rise to makeup as we know it today. The needs of art directors would herald the inventions of lip gloss, mascara, fake lashes and much more.
As some say, "Life imitates Art."
A booming film industry influenced the world and the cosmetics industry. Women found it acceptable to accentuate their features on a daily basis.
In Japan, Tattoos were used as punishment for criminals as early as 600AD. Around the Edo Period (17th-19th Century), tattoos regain a decorative light with the rise in popularity of block printing. In the 20th Century, however, tattooing is outlawed and public display is banned in an effort to "Protect the image of Japan."
Meanwhile, in early 20th Century America, Tattoos and Body Pi
Art History - Roman SculptureAs part of the Art History project being hosted by #communityrelations and being built by various members of the community, I am here to give you a brief introdcution to Ancient Roman Sculpture.
Sculpture in Ancient Rome was often made out of clay, bronze, marble or granite. There are some records of gold and silver figurines. Most metal sculptures and figurines did not survive into the modern day as they were metled down to be used for other things, but a few bronze statues have survived. Some of the marble and granite was also re-used, but more of them have survived.
Sculptures were typically created in a religious context in the Ancient Roman world as religion was very hard to seperate from everyday functions, unlike Western society today. Mythological themes, often replicated from Greek sculptures were the most commonly seen. This is because many sculptures were dedicated to to the gods as thanks, given as votive offerrings
Impressionism: Win 100 points!As part of deviantART's Art History Project, ^KasumiCR and myself have prepared news articles regarding Impressionism,
What is Impressionism?
Impressionism is a movement that originated from a small time group of artists in Paris, France in the late 1800’s. These artists in the creation of impressionistic artwork focused on minute, noticeable brush strokes. Most famously Claude Monet’s Impression, soleil levant is the known artwork where the name Impressionism originally came from.
Ingenious Painters Move Away From the Status Quo
Impressionism originally was very radical and violated rules of traditional academic painting. Instead of the nice lines and contours found in the traditional method, impressionistic artwork has a melody of free formed brush strok
The Founders of Impressionism - Renoir
As part of deviantART's Art History Project, *Topicality and yours truly have prepared news articles regarding Impressionism, an art movement from the 19th Century whose main characteristic is the presence of tin yet visible brush strokes to create shapes that compose an image.
Today we bring you Pierre-August Renoir's biography, one of the biggest representatives of the style.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Born in Limoges on February 25 1841, Renoir was the sixth child of a working class family. In his youth he had a job at a porcelain factory, where people noticed his artistic talent and was chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted fans and religious hangings for missionaries.
At that time, Renoir often visited the Louvre, where he studied the work of the French Masters, dreaming of one day becoming one and having his art on those very same walls.
He began studying art in 1862 under Charles Gleyre in Paris, where he m
The Founders of Impressionism - Camille PissarroAs part of deviantART's Art History Project, *Topicality and yours truly have prepared news articles regarding Impressionism, an art movement from the 19th Century whose main characteristic is the presence of tin yet visible brush strokes to create shapes that compose an image.
In this article we will review the life of Impressionism founder Camille Pissarro.
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
Born in July 10 1830 in the Danish West Indies, he moved to Paris, France in order to pursue his artistic career. Regarded a key figure to the Impressionism movement, he was the only artist present in all 8 Paris Impressionist exhibitions held by the Society of Anonymous Painters, Sculptors and Printers. His colleagues viewed him as a father figure and someone to look up for advice and they called him "father Pissarro".
Much like Claude Monet, Pissarro showed interest in the arts at an early age. He went against his father's wishes to become a business man and after moving to Venez
The Founders of Impressionism - Claude MonetAs part of deviantART's Art History Project, *Topicality and yours truly have prepared news articles regarding Impressionism, an art movement from the 19th Century whose main characteristic is the presence of tin yet visible brush strokes to create shapes that compose an image.
In this article we will review Claude Monet, one of the founders of Impressionism, a brief summary of his life and some of his paintings.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Born in Paris on the 5th of November 1940, Oscar-Claude Monet is considered the main representative of Impressionism as he stayed true to its philosophy during his whole life as an artist. It's one of his paintings, Impression, Sunrise; which gives the movement its name after critic Luis Leroy wrote a sarcastic review of it in a Parisian newspaper called Le Charivari.
From an early age Monet showed interest in art, and he was known in the community of Le Havre for his caricatures. He then met Eugene Boudin, a la
A Visual History of 3D Art3-Dimensional Art doesn't have a history dating back hundreds of years. Its inception is very much linked to the evolution of Computing and Computer Graphics.
Because history can get very detailed, this article will just include a summary timeline. If you want to know more, just click the links dotted throughout
1950 - Laposky's Oscilon
Our story begins in 1950 with Benjamin Francis Laposky, a sign painter and army veteran who was also an artist and mathematician. In addition to getting a kick out of creating Magic Square Puzzles, Ben created what is arguably the first set of computer generated images, "electrical compositions" using a cathode ray oscilloscope:
1959 - The first CAD Package
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