Linkinpark ~ July's Artist Of The Month

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Who is 'linkinpark'?

First of all I would like to thank all those who voted for me, who comment on my pictures, who give me suggestions and advice on how to improve my work and simply all members of this awesome community. Also, congratulations to all the other Nominees, this was a pretty tough one, so I'm really surprised and honoured that I won...Just want to let you all know that it is a big honour for me. Thank you very much again!

Well, my name is Martin Kolator, I'm 17 years old and I live in my beloved city, in Prague, in Czech Republic. I have always loved CG art and always admired especiallybeautiful 2D drawings. My hobbies are 3D graphics, sports, TV, computer games, chess and so on. At present I'm in the second grade of the business academy.

How long have you have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

I have been doing computer graphics for 5 years, I think; I started when I was 11 or 12 when I got my first 3D software - Bryce 2. I had been playing with it for hours. I was really surprised what can be done with a program like that. From the beginning I was using it only for killing time, but then I fell in love with it. Then I was trying to improve myself, I read tutorials on various Bryce techniques and I was (veeerrry slowly) getting better.

Do you have traditional art experience?

No I don't, I never got an idea I could do any type of art, neither 2D nor 3D. I draw occasionally, but results are never good. Nonetheless I like to draw, but of course I'd rather do a 3D job, because it is much easier than 2D drawing. Maybe that is why my 3D pictures are better than 2D :)

What are you currently working on?

In last time I'm trying to create (again) some image with a chess theme. I don't know why, but I always have chess on my mind in creating images. In my opinion the simple things (even primitive cubes or spheres [some people in Bryce gallery may remember my "sphere" renders]) are the best themes for the 3D works. It wants just interesting lighting, some "exotic" materials and an unusual point of view.

So now I'm trying to do some image where you could see mainly artistic appearance than some original idea. In this way I must say that I don't have many original ideas for images in my mind :(

I have always wanted, instead of creating something new, never seen, taking some usual, ordinary things and showing them in an unusual light.

What software do you use and why?

Most of my 3D stuff was made in Cinema 4D, with which I have been working for 8 months, I think. Before Cinema I used Bryce 5, but I wasn't interested in making landscapes, forest and meadows anymore. And I also wanted to move on in my graphic way, and I wanted to switch to some high-end application. And I chose Cinema 4D.

I work in Cinema 4D especially because of its simplicity but effectiveness. Cinema 4D provides amazing modelling tools, extremely fast and quality rendering, easy-to-use interface and post effects I have always wanted to use in my images (like DOF, Highlights, Glow and so on).

Mostly, I'm not satisfied with pure C4D renders, so for some colour corrections or for adding some 2D elements into the image I use Adobe Photoshop 7. Another application I couldn't do my 3D images without. ;)

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

Well, this is quite a hard question, because I always want to do better and better images, and I think I'm not satisfied with any of my images; I always see some mistakes, some features I could fix, but instead of making an "update" of an old image, I'd rather do a new image, where I try not to do the same mistakes like in the old one.

But if I should choose one, I think my best piece of work is "Lonely king" then. But I have other images I really like. And why?? Well, in this image I have reached the point I wanted -- show such an ordinary thing like chess in unusual and artistic point of view. So It means (at least for me) an interesting position of camera, something reflective, for example metal shaders (love to work with materials like glass, metal, ice and so on) and strong lighting coming from only one source. And another point I wanted to reach was photorealism (mostly I try to do photorealistic images, but in 99% with no success :)), but I think in this image I have done it!

Despite thinking this is my best work, you could see some mistakes in it. And I hope I will not do them again in my next image. In my case it is interesting that about 70% of my images arise by an accident. Simply I want to do image with some theme, with one definite goal. But during making that image, some other, better idea comes to my mind and I start to create quite another image. I'm weird I think :D

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Hmm, there are lots of reasons. Mainly it is real fun, it makes me calm and thanks to it I can express my thoughts, my feelings and my moods.

Because it is much easier than any other tool, and because 3D software does it all "automatic"...unlike 2D art. In 2D you have to exactly draw, for example, shadows and you have to pay attention if the shadows exactly match the direction of lights. You don't need to draw reflective effects for hours and some transparent colours. 3D does all this automatic, perhaps that is why I admire 2D artists, because 2D art is much harder than 3D.

But the biggest reason why I use 3D software is probably the "development". I mean the "evolution" of the image. In my opinion it is the most beautiful thing when you see how your image is growing up, how it is getting some concrete shapes, how it is getting colours and lights and so on. Simply, it is amazing when you start with a primitive cube or sphere, and you finish with some awesome, complex scene. I couldn't live without 3D world anymore.

Who / what inspires you?

Great question, I must say that in last time I suffer from lack of inspiration. But if I do have inspiration, usually I have it from everywhere, from everything! My inspiration is greatly affected by my mood.

Anything can inspire you -- nature, ordinary things in your room, movies and so on. For example I'm usually inspired by photographs. Photos are a great inspiration for 3D artists, IMO. But what inspires me most are other 3D artists, of course; when I see here such masterpieces by artists like alvinaylaya, racin-jason, Carles_P, ToxicAngel, Rochr, hobbit, gallimel and so on (though most of them work in other software), I always say to myself: "Do you see it? So improve yourself to be able to do such an amazing image one day." :) So, I must say my biggest inspiration is other 3D artists from Renderosity.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

This community helped me really much. When I discovered Renderosity a year ago, I thought it will be another site where I will post my images and to see other artists' images. But I never thought how much will Renderosity change my "3D life". IMO I got better in the first months as a member; other artists and great friends gave me a lot of suggestions and advice on how to improve my images. I was on the Renderosity site each day since.

This community doesn't provide only a place where you can display your images, where you can download some free stuff. But it also gives you new friends, and a nice feeling that you are a part of something great. The relationships in Renderosity are simply awesome, I have never been in a friendlier online community. All members I've met are very friendly and helpful, always willing to give you advice. And I think when you see so many wonderful artists making such amazing images, you MUST get better even if you don't want to. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING SO FRIENDLY, SO KIND AND SUCH WONDERFUL FRIENDS!!

P.S. And thanks to Renderosity I have improved my English much! :D

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

I don't know if I'm competent enough to give advice, but:

1) Do anything you want, in the 3D world your only limit is your imagination. That is why 3D (2D) art is so wonderful.

2) Try to get better; read tutorials; follow other, more experienced artists' advice, because they know very well what are they talking about. Trust me that when you see your images, how they get better and better, you will get an indescribably satisfied feeling.

3) The best way how to improve your images is to learn how the real world works. Go outside in the sunset and just watch how the shadows and lights "work" together...

4) Be patient...We learn all our lives. It is a matter of time, but it will pay off, because it will be making you happy!! I wish you all the best, and good luck in your journey in the world of art.

Thank you very much again, have a wonderful time!

Best regards,
Marty "linkinpark" Kolator ;)

Be sure to visit linkinpark's gallery!

Click on 'AOM 2003' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.
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Member Opinions:
By: Odious on 7/1/03
Congrats.. job well done :)

By: LCGuy on 7/1/03
You have a great future ahead of you...! Congratulations.

By: archetype on 7/1/03
Gratz m'man! Couldn't have happend to a more deserving guy!

By: racin-jason on 7/1/03
Marty my friend - you may not like this, but I must be truthful - I voted for my friend LCGuy (Howie) - but I also wish you to know you were my 2nd choice, and further that I'm exceptionally fond of both you as a person and your expertise in 3D software. I have enjoyed viewing and offering accolades on much of your work and will continue to check in on your gallery from time to time. You have my most profound congratulations on being selected by the community as AOM - I only voted for LCGuy because his work in Cinema4D and other similar programs is highly refined and full of wisdom. My very best to you Marty - you do deserve the honor, and I'm proud to be your friend.

By: deadhead on 7/1/03
Woow, big congratulations Marty. Im looking forward to your next images.

By: miketche on 7/1/03
Congratulations. Well deserved. Keep on rendering.

By: linkinpark on 7/1/03
WOw,thank you very much for comments,I really appreciate it a lot!
2 racin-jason: Jason,my dearest friend, of course I dont mind you voted for LCGuy ;-))) Everyone has his own opinion!I have taken a look at his gallery- I was amazed,full of fantastic art!!Im proud to be your friend too..Best wishes to you!!

By: GODspeed on 7/1/03
sometimes an artist wins the heart of viewers by just the content or theme of their piece. Having a profound love for chess, youve caught my eye, and the rest of your gallery won my vote... great images LP....

By: turx on 7/1/03
Congratulations mate!

By: Rochr on 7/1/03
Way to go Marty!!!
Youve deserved this spot for a long time now! :)

My best to you pal, now, and in the future!

By: thomaskrahn on 7/1/03
Congratulations Martin! :) Having emailed with you with you for such a long time, it's fun to see a picture of you! :)

You derserved it! :)

By: Shademaster on 7/1/03
Hey Martin, great interview! Didn;t whe all start with Bryce 2? ;D

By: drzorn on 7/1/03
You did it! :) Congrats...

By: MadDog31 on 7/1/03
Great job again LP...glad to have gotten to meet you on here! Keep up the good work!

By: gallimel on 7/2/03
my dear Martin... You know how proud I am of u adored little master :)
You are so young, that your talent almost scares me you know :)
You are also down to Earth, and modest, and willing to always improve without letting the praise makin you forgive the aim. You are a true sensitive, masterfully skilled young man and this community is richer with you. You have well deserved this honour, and believe, ... I am so extremely touched of all you've done for me and said of me.
Keep shining sweet star :) You have a bright future ahead :)
Hugs :) :) :)

By: Mahlikus on 7/2/03
Bravo Buddy!!

By: Chris.C on 7/2/03
Congratulations Martin! I'm also a big chess fan and your 'Lonely King' is fabulous in every respect! Like many other pieces in your gallery : ) Bravo!

By: compossmentiss on 7/2/03
I'm a proud fan.. woohoo! Really well deserved!

By: pmermino on 7/2/03
Hi Martin... congratulations... you really deserve to be AOM... your gallery is one of the best here at Renderosity. And your interview is very interesting ... Bravo.

By: CptPlanet on 7/2/03
Martin! We used to exchange messages awhile back when you were still using Bryce! I knew you'd make AOM someday. I think I even made a few remarks to that effect. Anyhow, I can't think of anyone I've wanted to see more as Artist of the Month than you. You've earned it.

By: IceRain on 7/2/03
congrats martin! your a definitely the master of DOF scenes! looking forward on your next renders!

By: Doublecrash on 7/2/03
Whoa, Martin, congrats! It's a long time that I think you're one of the best artists here, and I'm so glad that you won! Very well deserved! :)

By: Lynne on 7/2/03
Congratulations! so young, yet so wise already... Your work is an inspiration!

By: derjimi on 7/2/03

you deserve this SO much! I am happy that you made it on the front page, and the choice to let be you Artist of the Month is very, very well done. --- I am happy to know you, and my "Tribute to Linkinpark" is still one of my favorite works I've made. --- Keep up your fantastic work, style and personality. Greetings from germany to Prague, Daniel aka Der Jimi

By: Sir_Lotus on 7/2/03
You deserved this. You have big talent for composing lights and textures. I hope you'll make other great images and you'll finish school! :)

// vostry jako prase zewle :)


By: kromekat on 7/3/03
Big congrats Martin!!!

By: SothArtist on 7/3/03
And marty is 17?? hehe Your incredibly mature Marty and a brilliant artist. You are going to go a long way :) Congrats and well done! I love your attitude :) And everything you said in your interview is very true!
Take Care and long live Prague (party capitol of the world hehe )


By: Kutter on 7/3/03
Very well deserved Martin, I dont get time to look at everyones art, but yours is a gallery that I have taken great care and attention over. Your very talented, and I wish you all the best.


By: Dejah on 7/3/03
Congrats, awesome gallery!

By: L.W. Perkins on 7/3/03
I am so happy for you--you know I love your work and I am glad that others do too! And I agree that Lonely King is wonderful, though I like the abstracts..and the leaf shadows..and the HDRI tests...well, all of them! Keep on sharing them!

By: hobbit on 7/4/03
Well done Martin,, keep up the good work.

By: mwkloh on 7/4/03
Congrats Martin! Well deserved!!

By: HobbyHopper on 7/4/03
congrats Martin!!! Always great to see your pics!

By: anno on 7/4/03
Muchly deserved! Carry on the good work!

By: jungle_donkey on 7/4/03
you deffinately have an eye for art i'll be watching your gallery although my work now is in poser (my best work is still in bryce)i think there is alot i can learn from cinema4d images congratulations on A.O.M. and keep producing the superb you you do

By: DeathBrain on 7/4/03
Weldone Martin, congratulations, absolutely well deserved, you're so young with big talent, salud :)


By: Tanialmeida on 7/5/03
congratz Marty, these galleries are more than just places to show art but a society of visionaries who collectively contribute to each others work, whether they know it or not, and u my friend, u are wonderful in what u do, keep it up mate ;0]

By: sms on 7/5/03
My congratulations! Always a pleasure seeing your work! :o)

By: alvinylaya on 7/5/03
Bravo Martin! A very joyful occasion. I'm so glad to see that I'm not alone when I say you are a genius! An inspiration to us all. You are a very important part of this community! Congratulations!!!

By: alvinylaya on 7/6/03
Bravo Martin! You really deserve this! You are an inspiration to me and to so many others, a valuable member of our community. Way to go, Congratulatioins!!!


By: DeZ on 7/6/03
Congrats Martin. Keep your excellent work coming!

By: SirJohn on 7/6/03
Way to go Martin. You are truly gifted and well deserving of this honor. I wish you all the best of what I am sure will be a long road of success. Congrats!

By: looter on 7/6/03
wonderful gallery and a big congrats to you

By: virtuallyhistorical on 7/7/03
I've been away from Renderosity for a little while and what a great piece of news to hear on coming back! Well deserved Martin! VH

By: EngleWolf on 7/7/03
Congrats!!! Well deserved honor!!!

Kris and Joe

By: keeba17 on 7/8/03
congrats marty, (sorry if i'm late :) just want to congratulate u on winning this. u surely are one of the best artists here at rendo. always looking forward to your next image!!!.

By: SeaCrystal on 7/9/03
Congrats Martin, not only are you talented in CG, but way ahead of many young men in being wise and very well spoken! Congradulations again!!

By: nitro115 on 7/9/03
Congrats and have a Prazdroj for me! :-) You've deserved it!!

By: Blackhearted on 7/10/03
congrats man :) i remember when ya started posting here, nice to see you make AOM. well deserved, youve got some great stuff.


(btw i think Tanialmeida forgot the closing
tag, heh everyones text is green now :)

By: Dash101 on 7/12/03
Well Done! Well Done!!!

Indeed your work is fantastic. And now you finally have the spotlight which you deserve!

Keep up the grand work!

By: linkinpark on 7/12/03
WOw,I dont know what to say..Thank you very much for your amazing support,for your opinions and so on!!You dont know how much I appreciate it,it is wonderful feeling that you really do have your own 3D family..

Thank you very much!!!!!!

By: marcfx on 7/13/03
So sorry i havent said congrats earlier, but the good old computer decided to crash...dead for a week, but i'm back to say 'well done Martin'. A good battle to the title and in my view the best man won. Congratulations and keep rendering.

By: unclebob on 7/14/03
Congratulations Martin. You are well deserving of this honor. You are a very talented artist with a terrific eye for detail and inspiration. Several of your images are moving, they make me think and reflect. Thank you sir.


btw ... love your screen name [Linkin Park] rocks !!!

By: ocddoug on 7/16/03
Congrats on your AOM, love your work :-)


By: SylvieB92 on 7/17/03
Hi Martin! I'm really very happy that you're the artist of the month on Renderosity, because your work deserves it since very for a long time!

By: Mariko on 7/20/03
I had never seen any of your images until now - there are just so many artists on Renderosity that it's difficult to find the ones most worthy of watching. But now, having seen your work, I'll be certain to come back. You have the vision and the skills it takes to make yourself marketable. Do as many artists on Renderosity have done, including myself - make a site for yourself. I'm at Of course, I am a web designer by profession, so it may seem somewhat out of your scope to create a site, but I would be more than willing to make one for you. E-mail me, you can find my address on the site, or quite possibly somewhere on Renderosity, I'm not sure though. Either way, keep on going - your work is absolutely astonishing!

By: shadowdragonlord on 7/23/03
I've watched you grow and produce more and more new-school stuff, and I'm very happy you're progressing this much! Inspiring, truly. You rule, may you always find water and shade...

By: aceface041973 on 7/23/03
Nothing but respect are 17 ?
Hope to see more of your inspiring work.

cheers mate!!

By: Blackaengel on 7/23/03
congratz man ! ;))

By: ShadowWind on 7/29/03
I had put a congrats up, but somehow it must have got lost in the shuffle. You deserve it. Hope to see more in the future and hope you get to see this before the next AOM...

By: mistle on 7/29/03
Gratuluji :o). Jen tak dal.

By: lemonjim on 7/30/03
congratulations, martin! you deserve artist of the... well, of more than a month! keep up your excellent postings, and i'll keep viewin' and votin'

By: Mickeyme on 8/7/03
Congratulations too. I think you are, now, one of the best artist. but its only my opinion :))

By: Mickeyme on 8/7/03
Oh I forgot something about his improving English, so he fucked off our english teacher, because YOU ARE BETTER THAN SHE Marty :) nothing personal :))))

By: rollmops on 8/15/03
What? Looks like that i forgot to give you my
congratulations.Sorry for that :)Go on with your
ecxellent work !:)

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