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Is This Art?

Is This Art?
A company by the name of Charpics Technologies is billing itself as "First Of It’s Kind." Using some sort of state of the art technology, they convert digital and print media into "charcoal and colored pencil style renderings/simulations." Hmm. Simulations.

One can make the argument that all artistic renderings of "real" objects are simulations of the actual things themselves, even if the things only occur in the imagination. The outcome of this technique, however, seems less than artistic to me, but I will defer to the court of Curbly to decide. What do you think; is this art?

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Colored pencil pendering, complete with grass.

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