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Artist of the Month for September - SKYVENDIK

Sep 01, 2019 at 10:16 pm by gToon


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Skyvendik

is our Artist of the Month for September 2019. Skyvendik has been an active member of Renderosity since 2007. He lives in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he works as a cartologist. He freelances as a digital artist and is an avid Poser user. Skyvendik's work is horror/suspense themed and is bold in its colors and mood.

Here is his basic bio: I live in Prague (center of Europe). My professes is creating maps (cartography and photogrammetry engineering). Digital graphic swallowed me as freelancer from period when I saw Poser 6 for first. I like hand drawing but I have no enough talent and my endeavor to by matriculated on an art school was declined. Therefore I like 3D dimension and Poser becouse perspective vision is more easier here. My other interests are flash AS3 programing, 3D unity and HTML5 game creating.

As freelancer in a digital graphic, Im holding thumbs developing of GIMP and INKSCAPE. Someday maybe it will be end dependency on a , cloud's solution.

We congratulate Skyvendik for being voted AOM for September in a very tight contest. Please enjoy the short video (see above) which features 10 works hand-picked by Skyvendik. Also, we have a short interview where Skyvendik talks about his background and working methods


Skyvendik


Interview with Artist of the Month Skyvendik

Renderosity: In your bio, you mention you live in Prague. Has this environment affected your work or imagination? What is the art scene there?

Skyvendik: Prague is the capital city and it means (for such a small country as the Czech Republic) that you meet art on every nearly everywhere. There is large film studio, state and private television companies, art colleges, graphic studios and game developers. Prague organizes many artistic performances, there are very interesting museums and exhibitions, you can visit a large observatory and also graphics courses which even amateurs can enroll.

Mainly what has affected my work is that Prague is beautiful historical city. It was the heart of medieval Europe (during the reign of Emperor Charles IV) and therefore you can find here a lot of historical places, which I love to visit, and they are for me a great inspiration too. In addition, in Prague you meet a lot of beautiful women every day. For that reason I have no special need to show them often in my a virtual 3D scenes. I prefer living experiences in this aspect. Then I can focus only on “playing” with creatures at least :D


Prayer for Elizabeth


Your interest in horror shows in your work. How did horror become a theme in your work?

Skyvendik: I must confess, I don't watch creature horror movies, I more prefer psycho thrillers like “Still of the night” or sci-fi thrillers like “Alien” or “Sphere”. But working on creatures is very enjoyable and funny to me. It’s like real sculpting if I’m changing their body or head morphs, their skins, pose or expression. I laugh many times at the result.

Tell us about your background as an artist. How did you learn to create digital art?

Skyvendik: I studied cartography, which was probably a good basis to dive into much more fun computer graphics as freelancer. Since my childhood I have been admiring the creation of comics, animated films and since certain age I have been fascinated by digital painting. However, I never had enough patience for learning DP. I was looking for a more easy way to approach digital painting as an amateur.

When I first saw Poser 6, I knew this is the way I was looking for. Although I was disappointed (due to the hardware complexity) that I can forget to make an animated film, I was tempted to create a static scene and always guess the story behind it .. at last. That's why I’m always trying to put some kind of story in my work. So the story is my motivator and I admit that the graphic level is many times on a second place for me.


TWD Season 6 from fan


What is your typical workflow on a project? What tools do you use regularly?

Skyvendik: As I mentioned, everything begins with the story. In the next step I select and insert the main character. I have to decide what background to use for the 3D scene and what main building will complement this background. Most important for me are lights and atmosphere. I try to follow the color wheel principle like in classical painting for this. You may have noticed that Iray “fever” has not particularly impressed me. That's because I think its realism is moving me away from approaching to “tint” of digital painting (that I consider to be real art of 2D platform).

The FireFly inside Poser and 3Delight renderer inside DAZ studio makes me feel like I'm getting close to DP. But I don't forget work with amazing iRay technology too. In addition to DAZ studio or Poser, I would like to work more with Vue, the Carrara 8.5 and start to try new Blender Eevee technology too.

POV helps me to create missing atmosphere and color impression. Usually I use Gimp to improve the rendered picture. Sometimes I’m using possibilities InkScape vector editor too.

How has Renderosity made a difference in your life as an artist?

Skyvendik: Renderosity made a major contribution to the development of my graphic work. I like to be part of this art community, not only to find new inspirations in the work of other artists, but also RR helps me release my imagination and forget about everyday problems


Sleeping Frontierman


Do you have any favorites among the works you've created?

Skyvendik: Yes, here are my MOST FAVORITE WORKS:

sad: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/prayer-for-elisabeth/2660327/?p

scary: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/twd-season-vi-from-fan/2670787/?p&ca

funny: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/sleeping-frontierman/2712893/?p

action: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/the-untouchable-detective/2853785/?p

Any last thoughts before we close the interview?

Skyvendik: I would like to thank all who supported me, I really appreciate it. I would also like to thank all who inspires me with their works on the Renderosity website and also my “rival” Eekdog which gave this poll great value with his impressive art


The Untouchable Detective


Be sure to visit Skyvendik's gallery for more of this talented artist's work.


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