Ask the average person what they think computer art is, and they'll likely mention the types of imaging effects we associate with Photoshop or maybe a blockbuster 3D animated film like Shrek. I still remember the first time I cloned an eyeball with Photoshop; it was totally thrilling. I also remember getting a copy of Strata Studio Pro and creating my first perfect 3D metal sphere (you know, the one with the highly reflective ship plate texture map). However, once we get a little more experience under our belts and have tried every freakin' filter we can get our hands on, the "gee whiz" factor subsides, and we are stuck with the same problem that all artists and designers experience—the empty white page or canvas. Of course, each ...

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