As soon as the Amiga computer and was available in 1986, I bought one, and got a flatbed scanner right away. Then, I bought a crude HP inkjet printer that used paper with the roller holes on each side and only printed on 8.5x11 sheets with inks that were never archival.
In those days, you could pick up the phone to ask questions of the software developer. We were all learning at the same time on our own. There were no classes to take in art departments yet.
In 1987-1988, I began working on a mac and the earliest b&w version of Photoshop. In the early days, you would load the system then the software by disks one at a time each time you wanted to work. The highest resolution was not good enough, the color range was limited, and a ONE MEG hard drive was big and costly. We mostly saved images on multiple small floppy disks. Our scanners were then a 300ppi resolution.
I would use my video camera to tape myself and then bring the video image into the computer and frame grab images. You can see the jiggly video in some of the images. I would combine layers of images, make fake shadows, scan from books and objects to create the work.
After a number of upgrades, hard drives were built in, scanners got better, and printers began offering better options. I soon bought an epson printer that would make larger prints and had more or less archival inks.
There were no digital cameras, but I did have a still video one that was made by Canon.
EARLY COMPUTER WORK
Rolling the Dice 1987, Amiga computer image from video, scanned images printed on the early HP printer
Cat sitting on the first scanner, She was trying to catch the light that was moving in the unit.
Terra Incognita - Territory Unknown, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Looking Out From The Flat Earth, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Heart in Hand, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Balancing Act, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Blind Leading the Blind, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - In Search of His Heart, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - She Brought Magic, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Helping Hand, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Cosmic Disorder - Disarray in the House of Love, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Fire in Water, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Fire Water and Fire, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Wind Fire and Water, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - We Were In Love Once (Heinecken Image), 1991-93
Terra Incognita - The Real Center of Knowing, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - The Thin Line, 1991-93
Terra Incognita - Universality of Human Folly, 1991-93
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The Terra Incognita work was begun in Denver using the crudest equipment, then melded into the journey exhibition that was done after I moved to northern Kentucky when equipment was quickly getting better. Digital cameras were still not available to the consumer so grabbing still video, video images or scanned images were more readily used. Iris fine art prints were available by 1991, however the cost was prohibitive for most artists.
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