Quick – think of a method of artistic expression.
You probably came up with painting, sculpting, video, or even performance art. Here’s an art form that doesn’t often come to mind: graphic design.
Simply put, graphic design is the use of computer software and similar tools to create images and designs. Most people associate graphic design in the business world for such functions as creating company logos, designing marketing materials and ads, and preparing PowerPoint or similar-type presentations. But in recent years, graphic design has become a powerful, unique art form on its own.
Susannah Virginia Griffin likes to combine graphic design with ink sketches. Usually, this involves creating an ink sketch by hand, then using computer graphic design software to enhance or alter the image in artistic ways. The result can be an image that is more vibrant and complex than can be achieved by either ink sketches or computers alone.
Many of Susannah’s works in this genre can be viewed under the Ink and Graphic Design heading to the left of the page. There are several graphic design software programs available for people who want to experiment with this art form, such as Adobe Illustrator and PaintShop. But if you don’t want to pay money for graphic design software until you’re sure you want to explore this genre, consider some free software options such as Inkscape, Paint.net, and Serif DrawPlus Starter Edition.
For creative (and perhaps tech-savvy) people who are still searching for their favorite form of artistic expression, graphic design may be the perfect option. Don’t be afraid to try it!