Art and Computers: 3D Rendering

Traditionally, art is seen as something created by hand. Most museums are filled with paintings and sculptures; pieces that have generally been created through human hands.

Yet this doesn’t always have to be the case, as computers and modern technology can also help those with a creative flair. From humble paint to the mode-advanced 3d rendering software, the evolution of technology has only given artists more choices in terms of materials and mediums. In the age of computers, perhaps it’s about time that computer-generated art gets the attention it deserves.

Technology and Art

For as long as there has been art, technology has had a hand in shaping its future. At first, there was simple drawings and marks. As paint and other materials were refined, so art evolved, giving us many classic pieces from the renaissance. With the likes of the printing press, this art was then able to be easily replicated, allowing for the mass production and appreciation of it.

Further forward in time, many industrial technologies have lent themselves to the arts cause. Metal sculptures, for instance, would not be possible if it wasn’t for various techniques, such as soldering and welding. Whilst their main use lies in the industrial sector, there uses for art projects cannot be denied.

Computer Generated Art

This leads us to the most important modern innovation; the computer. Like the technology before it, there are many ways that a computer can be applied for creativity. Computer generated images, or CGI, is fast becoming a recognised art form.

Likewise, computer aided design (CAD) allows people to create infinite possibilities without the actual materials. There are various programmes, such as Google’s Sketchup, that allow people to achieve this. With simple, intuitive controls, these programmes allow everyone a chance to be creative.

Refining the Image

There is a limit, of course, to what CAD programmes like Sketchup can do and how advanced they can be. Whilst they allow for incredible detail, there is a limit as to how much realism can be portrayed. If you’re looking to make your image look more realistic, however, there are additions that can be introduced.

The best addition to a CAD programme is to use 3D rendering software. This software allows you to create in a traditional manner similar to Sketchup, but the advanced technology gives you creativity options. The rendering allows you to reach a more photo-realistic quality. Now, whatever is created will come out looking more realistic and detailed, bringing your imagination even closer to reality. With realistic light rendering and other effects, you can apply all the small details that help to define a painting or sculpture.

The main benefit of this is that it still retains the simple controls. Whilst advanced CGI programmes can make photo-realistic images, these often require an extensive knowledge of various computer codes, and can take a very long time. With Sketchup and additional rendering software, the controls are much more user friendly, allowing anyone to simply design to their heart’s content.