Digital Art > Mixed Media:
What is and isn't "Mixed Media"
What does this mean?
Gallery Description: Digital Mixed Media
What should NOT be posted in Mixed Media?
If you have only used a little bit of a second art form (or if the secondart form is not listed in the basic art forms above at all) your deviation should not be posted in Mixed Media. That includes (but is not limited to): doing a sketch using one program or scanning it and painting the colors in digitally (this should go in painting!), adding some brushes to a photograph or playing with a series of filters on a scan or photo (both should go in Miscellaneous).
If you mix traditional and digital art, you need to determine which of the two you used more and place your deviation accordingly. Neither the traditional nor the digital Mixed Media galleries are to be used to post traditional/digital mixes!
If you do Manga/Anime art or Cartoons/Comics, please use the respective galleries to post your art. These galleries have been created to keep all these things in one place where they can be found and not just as another option that you can use whenever you feel like it. This also holds true for wallpapers (Customizations> Wallpapers) or Designs & Interfaces (such as websites, CD or book covers etc.)
Adding text or scribbles on a photograph is not photomanipulation and also not digital mixed media - they should be submitted to Photography (text as in adding a title and the deviant's name - only if the photo was taken by the deviant), Visual Poetry (found in literature - only if the text is a poem written by the artist) or Digital Art > Miscellaneous (everything else).
When placing your deviation, think about what you did:
To help you decide
This involves using a mouse or graphics tablet along with a graphics program to create paintings or sketches directly in said program. Programs used include: Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, the Gimp and others.
The use of photographs (in most cases more than one) which are then altered via a graphics program is considered to be Photomanipulation. Be advised that using filters or plug-ins is not a Photomanipulation and all deviations altered in that fashion should not be put here or in Photomanipulation, but in Digital Art > Miscellaneous. Also, using post-processing techniques like photographers would be able to apply in a darkroom is not a Photomanipulation either but still considered Photography. These techniques include, but are not limited to, changing hue, saturation, color, contrast, levels, desaturating, inverting,…
Photomanipulations can be performed in programs such as Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, the Gimp and others.
Scenes or objects created through the means of rendering software that lets you set up the object and its environment (including position of objects and camera, light, atmosphere etc) as a first step. When you are ready, you have the option of rendering the scene in higher resolution for displaying your work. Programs used include: Poser, Maya, Cinema 4D, 3dsMax, Blender, Daz Studio, Terragen and others.
Fractal images are created using mathematical formulas. Their characteristic features is that it consists of a geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole (it is self-similar no mater how far you zoom in). Programs used to create fractals include: UltraFractal, Apophysis and others.
The difference between a vector and a vexel lies in their nature: while a vector uses vectors to store the image information, a vexel stores the information in raster format. For the purpose of the Mixed Media gallery, the difference is negligible though. The reason for this is that as soon as you add another art form to vectors, you need to raster the image thus converting it to a vexel basically. Both art forms have in common, that their looks are similar: imagine a picture composed from basic shapes filled with solid color, a gradient or a pattern, that when stacked upon each other form your picture (' posterized look' ).
Even more help
Perhaps this is still too abstract, so if you like, I have conducted several interviews with Mixed Media Artists that will show you different examples of Mixed Media work:
- #1 saiaii
- #2 Odessa11
- #3 cosmosue
- #4 fensterer
- #5 memod
- #6 Aegis-Strife
- #7 cypherx
- #8 starfantazy
- #9 Qa9ed2000
Assorted monthly selections:
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 1
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 2
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 3
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 4
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 5
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 6
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 7
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 8
Digital Mixed Media Monthly Vol. 9
Educate: Digital Mixed Media
From a News article by the lovely `kuschelirmel [link]