Earl Einhorn
Issue: Volume 38 Issue 1: (Jan/Feb 2015)

Earl Einhorn

In and Out - Number 5

Earl Einhorn has been practicing digital art for quite some time, back when "digital art" was a term used by today's SIGGRAPH pioneers.

Einhorn discovered the power of the computer in 1967 while learning Fortran to program rate tables for Equitable Life. He began to do mathematical drawings, based on a special eight-dimensional hypercube in 1988, and put them on T-shirts in 1991. "I wanted to make pictures on the computer that were 'new.' At first, I used AutoCAD for drafting and some drawing programs, working on an IBM 286, 386, and 486," he says. Then, his art brightened with 16 colors and then 256 colors, to which he was limited for a long time.

"This was revolutionary, and I could buy Compaq-Digital Fortran with a Bradly GINO-F graphics package and write full-color to each pixel of my Dell 30-inch 2560x1600-pixel monitor - and then save the picture," Einhorn notes. "I had freedom to draw!"

By 2000, the artist was drawing in full color. He would generate the image with Fortran and transfer it to Photoshop for the heavy technical and coloring work. Sadly, he lost his vision in one eye but used illusionary techniques in order to make art. Today, his sight is further deteriorating, but he continues creating art, using a 3.9 ghz Dell computer still running Photoshop and Absoft Fortran with GINO-F.

Einhorn says, "I call my pictures 'new art.'" It is a term he is trying to coin to describe art done totally on the computer, without a photo source.

Three faces to see - Picture 1

My hypercube couple - Number 4

Here's looking at you - Number 6

Art deco bat lady - Number 7

All eyes upon you - Number 8

256 shades of grey - Number 9