Brief History of Art

Everything has its own history and art is of no exception. For thousands of years, humans have been creating artworks. There have been numerous great artworks that spurred something in humanity. A great artwork can’t influence not only art lovers but even citizens, leaders, revolutionaries and people itself.

Art has been influential to our lives. It can stir something in us, a feeling, an emotion, a memory, a thought, an idea, or an ideology. What makes art so influential? What kinds of art and artworks have been the most influential? Let’s take a look.

What is Art?

Understanding what art is, is an important part of studying the history of art. Art can take many forms, some of them are liberal arts, mechanical arts, fine arts and applied arts. The 20th century principal arts are divided into nine, architecture, dance, sculpture, music, painting, poetry, photography, and graphic arts.

But that paragraph doesn’t answer our question, “What is art?” To answer that, we take a dictionary and it says:

“…the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

Prehistoric Art

The very first kind of art found in history dates back to the Stone Age. During that era, some 25000 BCE, man is an avid hunter and they lived in cage. In the cages, they often paint something such as animals, events or their family. Cave painting is probably the very first form of art that we can call. Sometime after that, about 5000 BCE, humanity started agriculture and societies started to be complex and religion gained importance. Handicrafts began to be popular during this time.

Sculpture also started to grow around 8000 BCE, and there are ancient figurines found in different places of the Earth. Those first figurines are said to be attributed to fertility cults, an example is the Venus of Willendorf.

As time passes by, crystals, quartz, jasper, etc. are discovered and this started a new era of art making. There were rock art, especially the notable rock art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin.

Metal Age

With the use of elements like copper, bronze and iron, art started to transform and monuments were began to be built. An example of the metal age wonder is the Stonehenge. There are also a lot of temples built all around the world. Plus, swords, shields, decorations and many other metallic ornaments can also be considered as art.

Modern Age

Modern age art are composed of paintings, buildings, sculpture, figurines and computer generated graphics. The use of technology also affected modern day art, especially with the advent of computers. Digital paining is one of the most popular kind of artwork nowadays.

Tools of Digital Artists

If you are an aspiring digital artist, then you know the importance of having the right tool. With the perfect tool, and the perfect skillset, a digital artist can easily craft a great art. If you are looking for a gift for a digital artist or looking to buy tools for yourself, consider taking a look at this list. Let’s begin.

Adobe Flash Professional CC

Flash used to be owned by Macromedia in its primeval days, but soon after, the software giant, Adobe, acquired them. Why Adobe bought Flash is because it’s dominating in the early days of the internet. Nowadays, though flash starts to lose its popularity in web content, it’s still an essential tool for creating excellent animations for YouTube or pop-ads.

Blender

If you like free beer or open-source software, then you’d like blender. A free 3D software, it has everything that its commercial counterparts have like animation, modelling, rigging, and more. It’s a full 3D design tool that will help you create a powerful art for your projects.

Zbrush

Set the industry to fire in its initial release in early 2000s, Zbrush is one of the most popular 3D modelling tools. It’s a software that can produce Hollywood blockbuster special effects (as seen in the Lord of the Rings movies). This is the most popular tool for creating high definition and highly detailed models, though it doesn’t have a built-in animation package. But if your goal is to create the most beautiful model, the Zbrush is all you need.

Adobe Photoshop CC

The latest iteration of the most popular photo editing software since the 1980s, Adobe Photoshop CC allows you to streamline your workflow. In addition to that, it has the longest and most prominent in terms of history compared to the young software we have here. Plus, in its current state and continuous improvement, Adobe Photoshop will still remain as one of the best and most sought-for tool for digital artists.

Adobe Illustrator CC

The most popular and probably the industry standard for creating vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator CC is the most powerful and most efficient piece of software for generating vector art. The art that this software can generate is easily transferrable and editable for easy resizing and more!

3Ds Max

Autodesk 3DS Max has the long reputation of having the best suite of tools for a 3D artist. Moreover, this is the favorite software of those who are in the video game industry. It’s a powerful software that can push your hardware to its limits in order to produce the best of art that only you can create.

That’s some of the best tools for a digital artists. If you’d like to become one of the legion, then be sure to have your tool ready for you.