January 2007 AOM BlacKeri
January 1, 2007 12:31 am
Who is 'BlacKeri'?
Seven Deadly Sins: VANITY
How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?
Well, back in 2001, I started using the computer more actively, colouring my manga sketches in Macromedia Flash, leaving realism for pencils on paper. After a while, I discovered Painter and rendered my first realistic digital portraits with a mouse. The real beginning of my adventure with computer graphics, however, I would claim to be summer 2002, when I bought my first tablet. From that moment, I gradually stopped using traditional media. I abandoned the crayons and pencils, nowadays sketching only on special occasions.
What are you currently working on?
This year, just as the previous one, I am devoting to technical improvement. I rarely take commissions and spend most of my time on personal paintings, which allow me to experiment and be flexible. Currently however, I am participating in very interesting commercial projects (workshops, articles and the like), one of which includes painting a concept design of a necromancer, which I will share with you soon. :)
His Only Friend
As for software, I am currently using Painter (both Procreate
and Corel) and Photoshop CS. At the moment, I am also a happy beta
tester of the new to-be-released Corel Painter X. As to why, well,
both Painter and Photoshop offer different advantages to the user.
While Painter is much more intuitive and useful for sketching or
basic colour blocking, Photoshop gives unending possibilities of
customization, such as creation of user defined brushes, which are
crucial for successful texturing.
The possibility to interact with others and learn from them has
proved to be golden. Thanks to this community, I got my very first
commissions, had a chance to meet so many kind people, some of whom
I still keep in touch with, but also, what is of great value to me,
I discovered a great inspiration, Christina Neofotistou
(cneofotistos on Renderosity).
Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?
I am often asked what are the secrets to successful painting: what should one do to achieve a style that is commercially successful. And unfortunately, I only have an unsatisfying answer: there is no golden solution for such a problem! I think many starting artists spend more time worrying over how to paint and how to be famous, rather than painting itself. There is no point in copying a certain, already popular style in hope that it will sell and get you up the ladder.
What everyone, in my opinion, should do, is just keep on
striving for originality. A style is a factor combined of certain
elements, such as artist's sensitivity, use of colour, symbolism,
themes, pure technique and so on... Something this complex can only
develop naturally, through constant hard work and it certainly
cannot be hurried or forced. So my advice would be: Don't stress,
have fun and it will all come in due time!
Please have a further look at BlacKeri's Gallery!
copied, printed, or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the artist.
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To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2007 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.
I am so pleased that you were selected for this award here on Renderosity! Your creative style, high level of talent, and amazing symbolism is magnificent beyond comprehension! You truly put your heart, soul, and mind into everything you do and you deserve this great honor so much! Definitely one of the best artists I have ever seen, I can't wait to see what you do this year!!