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The Bright Future of Digital Arts

Given the increasing advances in technology, it’s hard to deny that the future of digital arts is looking promising. Very promising.

This is great news for middle school- and high school-aged students focusing on arts-integrated education. The digital world has true potential to be a new frontier for budding digital artists.

The metaverse appears to be a “place” where future artists will be able to create innovative new work while sharing it with a wide (even global) audience and finally get some degree of fair compensation. Imagine that.

Just How Will the Future Internet Benefit Artists?

We won’t take an ear-popping deep dive into the details of the tech. After all, that’s not really in our wheelhouse.

Instead, we’ll take a more general look at what the future internet is predicted to offer digital artists and how they will benefit from these advancements.

The Beauty of NFTs

Let’s start with non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. In case you’re not aware, “non-fungible” basically describes something that is unique and can’t be replaced with something else. So where a bitcoin is fungible because it can be traded for another bitcoin, a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork is non-fungible. NFTs can be anything digital. This includes music, drawings, thoughts, etc.

The future focus is using this tech to sell digital art. And as the tech progresses, artists will be able to have more control over their art, how it’s used, and how they get paid. What’s more, every time their work is sold and resold, they can receive a portion of the sale.

Eventually, the hackneyed trope of the starving artist may disappear.

How the Future of Digital Arts May “Look”

The traditional art gallery has gone the distance in exposing artists to audiences. But the audiences are limited. Meanwhile, metaverse galleries – which already exist – have the power to showcase work to a global audience. Plus, there are no limitations when it comes to physical space.

A metaverse gallery can be anything from a simple two-dimensional website to a virtual reality environment. They can offer interactive and immersive experiences that are more memorable to visitors.

There are also NFT marketplaces offering physical galleries with digital art in frames and mounted on the wall. They’re experimental at this point but illustrate the ability to overlap between traditional galleries and the metaverse.

Even Sotheby’s, one of the world’s leading auction houses, is on board with the NFT marketplace. They offer NFTs in the form of digital art, collectibles, music, and other digital media. There is a pre-sale exhibition for buyers to view the NFTs, followed by a bidding period, then the culmination of the auction with the NFT going to the highest bidder.

They’ve already hosted a variety of high-profile NFT auctions featuring collections from cultural figures.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Of course, no discussion about the future of digital arts would be complete without mentioning generative AI. AI exists in that cloudy area where technology and creativity intersect. But it’s proven to already be a transformative force in the art world.

AI algorithms have almost human abilities. While this is admittedly off-putting to some, they do have the ability to help artists create works of special aesthetic value. This unique blend of machine efficiency and human creativity can generate pieces that possess a complexity and scale that really can’t be achieved by the human hand alone.

The process enables an artist to create a massive variety of pieces that each possess a single identity. Each of these unique pieces can then be issued as an NFT to verify their digital authenticity and singularity. This, in turn, offers multiple new avenues for artists to monetize through the digital realm – something unimaginable even just a mere fifteen years ago.

A New Frontier for Artists

As the melding of generative AI with NFT technology continues to evolve, they will likely experience new and exciting possibilities that allow them to thrive in their creativity. So yes, the future of digital arts looks bright for artists from all disciplines and walks of life.

This is also great news for parents of young and upcoming artists who want to support and foster their child’s talent.

One of the best ways to do that now is to look into the power of arts-integrated education. Contact us today to take a tour of our school and get ready to see your creative child thrive!


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