January 2012 Artist of the Month - DarekKocurek

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... January's AOM is DarekKocurek!

We congratulate DarekKocurek for an outstanding collection of works in the 2D Gallery!


Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is 'DarekKocurek'?

I live in Poland, in Katowice city. It's an industrial city in the South of Poland. Since about 15 years I've been working as a graphic designer. Many of my graphics oscillate between fantasy and horror. It partly results from my interests and partly from cooperation with Polish and Dutch Stephen King's fun-clubs and cooperation with publishing houses, for which I make covers in styles like that. Many of my pictures are inspired by music, especially ambient-music.

Other passions of mine are photography, books, film, traveling and japanese language.

Regis III

How long have you been working in digital art?

My adventure with computer graphics started in the 90s', when I bought an amazing Amiga computer. For a long time I had been creating pictures just for my own pleasure. During following years I changed my job several times, and even though I have been working as a graphic designer, I've learned many forms of computer graphics, such as: animation, 3D graphics, visualization, printing and typical commercial art.

Do you have any traditional art experience?

I can say that I began drawing when I was about 3 years old. My favorite toys always were coloured pencils. I have drawn a lot! But, I have never continued artistic education at school. So, in the field of traditional and computer graphics, I am self-educated.

For some time, I was quite intensely painting in oils and acrylic (over 100 pictures sold). While doing it, I've learned a bit how to work with colour and composition, which, in my opinion, is very helpful while creating graphics. Unfortunately, I don't have time for traditional painting now. At present, my main tools are Photoshop, tablet and digital camera.

The Bay

What are you currently working on?

I'm working on several thriller and S-F covers, one music cover and a film poster.

What software do you use?

Nowadays, I work mostly in Photoshop. It is a perfect tool for photo-manipulation and it allows one to do typical painting operations at the same time.

Old windmill

What is your creative process like? How do you work?

I usually mix 2D graphics together with photo-montage. It's really hard to describe the exact process of creating such works. The main point is to have an idea. Then, I divide it into elements which will be assembled from photos and which I will redraw. In the first case, I start from taking a picture, and then completing the adequate ones. I try to connect photo-montages with 2D graphics  in such a way, to make it clear for onlookers to distinguish what is a picture and what is added.

What do you think your best artworks are and why?

I'm not sure which is the best, but I have several which I like more then others. For example, "Emerald bliss."  Maybe because it is the most optimistic picture I have ever done. It shows a place where everyone would like to be. I like other S-F works too, for example: "Navigator," "Regis III" and Stephen King's works.

Emerald Bliss

Who, or what, inspires you?

Everything inspires me :) But, ambient-music, S-F films and books inspire me most. However, I am sure that nothing stimulates my imagination as much as ambient and electronic music. Sometimes, a short part of some music track recalls so many ideas and images. Music always accompanies me while I'm working.

You have done some fantastic book cover work. Do you have any advice for others looking to get work doing cover art?

First of all, I love books. Perhaps they've been shaping my imagination for years. I am glad that I could do a few covers for my favorite books, including several novels by Stephen King. Talking about advice... in Poland, publishers are the ones who are looking for graphic designers. So, the best method is to publish your best work in as many places on the internet as possible. Obviously, the most wanted are SF graphics.

Navigator

Do you ever get feedback direct from the authors?

Yes. I have contact with several Polish writers for whom I have made the covers. It happened to me only once to collaborate with one of the Polish writers while creating a cover where I let him influence the final result, in fact. Usually, writers have no impact on what will be on the cover. Publishers decide that.

You've been a member here on Renderosity since 2006. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

The attendance in such communities is crucial. It is important to see submitted works of other artists. When we talk about renderosity.com, these are designers from around the world. On the other hand, we can look up to other designers workshops, and, of course, learn lots of new things.

Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?

Never be afraid of experiments and try new techniques. Be inspired by the work of other designers, but work in your own style. And remember, that Rome wasn't built in a day :)

At the end, I want to thank to all of you who voted for me. It's a great honor for me.

Stephen King calendar 2012

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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.


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Member Opinions:
By: mikeerson on 1/2/12
this was the first time in about a year I didn't know anyone in the running for AOM... I took a look through all the artists work and with it being in alphabetical order, I saw your work second. as I looked at other's works, I used your art as a measuring stick - I truely feel you should have won it - AND YOU DID! After I voted for you, I notice 3 artists including you had votes, you were in fist place at that time. I checked the voting from time to time and noticed you never dropped out of first place - CONGRATULATIONS.

By: DarekKocurek on 1/2/12
Great thanks!

By: IO4 on 1/2/12
Congratulations!:) You have a great gallery.

By: soffy on 1/2/12
Congrats:)you have a wonderful Gallery*******

By: arlivre on 1/2/12
Amazing artistry and talent is portrayed in your gallery, congratulations !

By: BecSchm on 1/2/12
Wonderful images! Congratulations!

By: SIGMAWORLD on 1/2/12
Congratulations!

By: Simone83 on 1/2/12
Hi Darek,
I didn't know you have a gallery at Renderosity, I'm glad to find your great images here.
Congratulations and happy new year!
Simone

By: TK0920 on 1/2/12
Yours is an exquisite testament of Art at work. This is a well deserved laud!

By: sazzyazzca on 1/3/12
Stunning work!!!

By: Danny_Gordon on 1/4/12
Brilliant works, certainly well deserved. Congradulations

By: jimw1 on 1/5/12
Congratulations....Excellent Gallery..

By: LBAMagic on 1/5/12
Congratulations. Really fantastic scenic art.

By: KimberlyC on 1/8/12
Congrats. Beautiful gallery :)

By: redheadgrrl on 1/12/12
Congratulations! Well deserved!

By: wmcwhorter on 1/12/12
Awesome work, very inspiring. Congratulations!!!

By: tallpindo on 1/14/12
You really show your roots!! Madonna has nothing on you!!

By: vilian on 1/28/12
Pozdrowienia z Gliwic! Fantastyczny talent, gratulacje ^.^

By: johnyf on 1/30/12
Congratulations. Impressive gallery!

By: solt on 1/4/13
Congratulations. Stunning work

By: arat on 1/15/13
Congrats, really wonderful images..
Puts me to shame...sigh!!!!!


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