by Suzanne B

With over fifteen filled sketchbooks and a pencil in my hand since 7th grade I can surely say that art has been a passion of mine for a while. I have taken an AP art course in high school and so far, one life drawing course in college. Although I am not an art major it still has a special place in my heart. I strongly believe that technology has changed the way people consume things like fashion, art and design. Some of the ways I believe technology will change art is; stress free work, easier access to education, spectacular home designs and less starving artist.

Move aside paper and pencil because the content creators best tool will soon be a tablet or mouse. Digital programs like Z-brush and photoshop allow for anyone to fix any of their mistakes. There have been times where I have thrown away a piece of art that I have spent hours on just because I spilled ink on it. A simple control Z on the keyboard could have easily fixed this if that work was on a tablet. It’s also easier for artist to see what is wrong by just inversing their work. As time goes on, technology will get better. Tablets and art program are not an exception. Right now, one of the cheapest Wacom tablets costs $75 dollars an as time goes on that price will only get lower as they begin to compete with other drawing tablet companies. In fact, this is already happening. The Huion brand tablets are three times less than their competitor Wacom ones. Although Huion is not at the same level of reliability it will not take long before they finally catch up. My Intous pen tablet has been with me for close to 4 years and it shows no signs in giving up yet.

If you look up “art tutorials” on google over 28,000,000 results will show up. I have learned and continue to learn from online tutorials. There are online communities centered around drawing where there is a professor like figure that critiques the students works. Just like in a college classroom some of the ‘students’ will add their own comments on the work. Right now these online classes don’t have much tractions. YouTube channels like Istebrak and Ahmed Aldoori both offer classes with student but both have under 200,000 subscribers. Istebrak, which heavily focuses on composition and harsh criticism offers her services for free and runs it all in google communities. Aldoori is a bit different in that he teaches concept art which most non-art centered colleges do not offer. A one on one class for eight weeks will cost up to $700. That’s about the same amount of money most students will pay for one class if they went to college. However, he’s a teacher at Art Center College of Design and one semester there can cost over $20,000. If you take into consideration that most students will only take about four courses per semester it will only cost them $2,800 if taken online. These are just two examples of tutors with online communities. In the next 10 years I believe it will become more common for the average art focused student to take online classes either through a college or from a private mentor. There will be more variety and students can easily pick which professors they want even if they live thousands of miles away. All of this is great, but how will technology change the way consumer sees art?

“Fifteen Million Merits” is one of my favorite episodes in Black mirror. The most beautiful futuristic element was the way the walls where digital screens. Although in 10 years having every wall in a house replaced by a screen may not be possible, I do believe small scales of it could happen. Picture frames could be changed in seconds or even cycle through different designs just like our desktops. Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” tour used a screen to tell a story of space and loneliness. This approach has been used by many after him as they try to share to the world their passion for whatever performance they are giving. Imagine a group of friends sitting down in someone’s backyard watching as holographic models walks down the runway. Perhaps a girl is getting ready for a date. She goes in front of her mirror and it visually places it onto of her so she knows whether or not she will wear the green or red dress. The same mirror would be place in boutiques where every dress is handmade or perhaps it just saves someone some time while looking for a wedding dress. Not only would it allow for people to enjoy someone’s else’s work, it would also allow for the artist to get more attention.

“The starving artist” term will no longer exist in 10 years. It is easier now than ever to support someone’s favorite brand of clothing or works of art than ever before. There was once a time when the only way someone could make money or make connections was through a gallery. According to Viceland in 2015 the US fine art market was worth over 27 billion. Sites like Patreon, Instagram and Art Station make it easier for the customer to directly find the artist they want to commission anything from graphic designs to a new wedding dress. In turn this makes it easier for creators to make money doing what they love. As technology advances so will the peoples need for more aesthetically pleasing interfaces. Having a badly designed website can ruin a business. Because of this, many web designers will get paid even more to keep their customers websites a scrolling pleasure for the consumer.

I’m excited for the next 10 years to come. Things like cheaper tools, easier access education, home design technology and more work for artist are all the stuff I expect to happen in this time. Right now, is the perfect time to be create and I believe in the future this will only increase.

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