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digigraphs


Eynsham is the home of digigraphs. they are being developed by two Eynsham artists, Sue Raikes and Adrian Moyes.

what are digigraphs ?
Digigraphs are computer paintings; they use a computer as a tool for painting. They may, but need not, use photographs - as inspiration, texture or shape. Many digigraphs are abstract images; some of them are hand drawings on a computer - some originated (often a long way back) in photographs.

Digigraphs are artwork generated by computers (as opposed to photographs, which are images generated by light). It's not yet clear exactly what the definition of a digigraph is, nor where the boundaries are with graphic art, digital art and so on. Maybe digigraphy is, or will become over time, a separate category of art , or maybe it won't. For the moment though, the term digigraph is used to describe the sort of art on this page (and the next). Eynsham is the UK centre for such work.

These pages show some images where the artists are experimenting with different styles - a spectrum running from quite photographic photo-montages at one end, to more abstract computer drawings at the other.


a note on the artists

Sue Raikes' development of digigraphs arose out of her experience with the process of etching; if you change your mind with an etching, you can't go back and undo what you've already done. With Photoshop on a computer, you can use Layers, in the same way as in etching, to build up depth and composition, and you can delete them (temporarily or permanently) as you change your mind or develop your ideas.

Adrian Moyes' enthusiasm came from his delight at being able to by-pass drawing (a low skill area for him) and paint with photographs, enabling him to build up an image very different from a photograph - more like a painting perhaps, but different from a painting too. More recently, he has done a series of triptychs - three version of the same place or event.

Colours of Caune is an attempt to capture the colours - and indeed whole atmosphere - of Caune Minervois, a village near Carcassonne in France. The colours on the shutters are all in various shades of grey-green - so I've aligned them like colour-swatches for choosing paint.
Colours of Caune, Adrian Moyes, 2008
Red Hut, Adrian Moyes, 2009
Floatng Forest, Sue Raikes , 2009
Red Hut (above) is based on a winter scene at Rye in Sussex. I wanted to capture the sadness, the bleakness and also the beauty.
Floating Forest (above left) originated as a water-colour painting, subsequently manipulated on the computer.
Acoustic Skating (left) is based on a striking contemporary concert hall on the outskirts of Rome, which has a skating rink alongside it.

I like the air of mystery (maybe Plato's cave ?) and the realistic passers-by, ignoring the skaters.

Acoustic Skating, Adrian Moyes, 2008

Roman Sunday, Adrian Moyes, 2008
Four types of Romans out on Sunday - the rich (near left), the young family (near right), the trendy This-Lifers (far left) and the regular citizens (far fight).
Swinford Lock, near Eynsham, Sue Raikes, 2010

Lost Content, Adrian Moyes, 2009
St Malo boats (right) originated as a water-colour painting, subsequently manipulated on the computer.
St Malo boats, Sue Raikes, 2010

Branly, Adrian Moyes, 2010
Branly (above) is based on the garden of the Musee Branly in Paris. It also forms part of the Paris triptych.
Village Meeting, Adrian Moyes, 2007
early digigraphs
more digigraphs