Interview with Artist of the Month, Marco (me72nl)
Marco: First of all ,thank you so much for the honor, i truly appreciate it.
Renderosity: You joined renderosity relatively recently (January, 2015), what led you to the Renderosity community of artists and what has been your experience here?
Marco: I came to Renderosity originally to see the work oh an artist i was very close to... she had passed away, and looked for connections...her work remains her legacy.previous to that, i had thought Renderosity to be exclusive to 3-d work, and was pleasantly surprised it was much more...it has been a great experience, the artists i have met here have been both supportive and inspirational.
Tell us a little about your background? Did you train formally as an artist or are you self taught?
Marco: My art background is, basically, 2 years of architectural study at LSU...and a life time of watching my favorite artist work, my late father.
What drives you to create the images you do? What are some of the things you are trying to express in your work?
Marco: I produce my images because, well.. i have to, im'sure most artists feel the same.Once an image comes to mind, it's like an old slide stuck in an old projector (lol, i realize that concept is so dated), it has to be projected before the next image can rotate through.Thematically, i am fairy eclectic, but, two concepts are recurring in my work.One, that real evil is not bloody fangs and glowing eyes, it smiles.And two, that things are rarely as they seem at first sight...i like to provide elements for secondary, sometimes opposing interpretations of the the first,obvious theme depicted.
What are some of the tools you use to create your art?
Marco: In my digital work, i use the program GIMP. I do very few manipulations, as i find them difficult to make cohesive. In more traditional work, i use pen and ink, watercolor pencils, and, as of late, watercolors (still long away from proficiency in those)
One of the highest rated images in your gallery is Blushy's Journey. How did this work come to be created? What was the workflow you used to create Blushy?
Marco: Blushy's Journey is very much a good bye to someone i lost, to plans and dreams that would remain unreachable.The floating ship was an instant association..a floating island, now out of reach, i drew the ship separately , then imported it to the beach scene.
Color is one of the most impressive aspects of your gallery images? Do you have a special feeling about color?
Marco: I often..actually almost always over color... at times i';ve tried to tone down, but return to it... what can i say, i grew up in the tropics, surrounded by colors larger than life, they will always remain.
Lastly, who are some of the artists that inspire you and push you forward?
Marco: i find it almost impossible to list just a few artistic influences, and the top if the list changes depending on what concept im trying to illustrate. But, here are some that come to mind right now. Dali, Picasso, Peter Max,Edward Hopper, Van Gogh (and Flemish surrealism in general)...and most great fantasy and science fiction illustrators... in another life , i would probably choose that as a career.
Be sure to visit me72nl's gallery at Renderosity.com
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