January 2007 AOM BlacKeri

January 1, 2007 12:31 am

Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... January's AOM is BlacKeri. We congratulate BlacKeri for her outstanding work in the 2D Gallery!



Who is 'BlacKeri'?

First of all, please let me express my gratitude, as I have never expected such a great honour to happen to me. Really, I nearly choked to death on a candy I was eating while I heard the news. So, thank you all so, so much, for the great support, for this Award, and for every bit of feedback I have ever gotten. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart. :)

Blackeri basically came from merging two words: black, being my favourite colour, and Keri, one of my favourite female names. To be honest, it was first thought up as a roleplaying nickname around 5 years ago...by my mom (Do I also get a Most Cheesy Story Award now?). Anyway, I liked it quite a lot and converted to this name, which then became my official nick, the artistic identity I now go by in the CG industry.

As a person, blackeri is dark, ironic, with a twisted sense of humour. She prefers sad, depressing and angry music, dark colours and mystical themes. However, that's not the full Marta. Of course, blackeri is a huge part of my personality, but I am not as enigmatic as some people assume I am. In real life, I generally am an energetic and happy person... But I just find such things boring to paint. It is the dark, mysterious side of humans that truly inspires me.

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

What software/equipment do you use and why?

As for equipment, I've got: Dual Core Intel 1,8GHz processors, a Geforce6600GT graphics card, 2GB DDR2 of RAM, 3 * 300GB hard drives and a Wacom Intuos 3. Maybe it is not really top notch, but it's exactly what I need to keep Painter and Winamp running smoothly.

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.

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

Oh, I don't know, really. I tend to be extremely skeptical about my artwork. If I work on a painting for too long, and this practically is always the case, even if I am satisfied during the process, I usually end up feeling unhappy about it once I finish. I cannot really say what would the best of my paintings be, as it all depends on the criterion.

My most popular painting, a breakthrough in my art-life, is the first from my Deadly Sins Series - Vanity, still very dear to me. When it comes to technical-best, I would say my biggest achievement (next to my current yet unreleased project) is my newest Renderosity upload, Pandora. In this piece I have managed to improve the anatomy, skin tones and lighting and I'm still quite proud of it. Other images, such as Love, I feel attached to just because of the symbolism and emotions they embody.


Who/what inspires you?

As to who, well, most of the time I admire certain paintings or artists because of the technique they represent, rather than the subject, as my mind is already bursting with ideas. A technical brilliance I see in an old master's painting or a CG piece I spot on the web makes me want to try harder and harder and constantly seek improvement. When it comes to the content of my works, I gain my inspiration from all of those mundane, everyday things, like commercials, games, emotions, music or colours. Sometimes it is hard for me to even specify what inspired me to paint a particular artwork, since very often the idea just pops right out of nothing in my head.


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

The role of Renderosity and its influence on my art-life is simply unquestionable. It is one of the first communities I joined to show my artwork at. The fabulous, warm feedback and constructive criticism I received encouraged me greatly to keep on painting and definitely helped me improve. It was more important to me back then, than ever later in the future, as at the beginning of my so called "career" I felt very awkward and insecure about myself.

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!

Be sure to visit the Renderosity 2D Gallery, and also pay a visit to the Renderosity 2D Forum!

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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 2007 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

Article Comments

Eibenschuetz ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

I agree. She is the greatest artist on Deviantart!! I really love her artwork! Hartmut

luciferino ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

She is Genial!!!A true artsit well deserved

mommastacie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

YaY!!! Congrats, Marta!!! You totally deserve this honor! :👏:

Toribev ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

Truly well deserved. A truly fantastic and talented artist. Congratulations Marta! ~Tori

Virtual_World ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

Love her work. One of the best!

swtmelode ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

Totally deserved & Congratulations!! You're work is one of the best around!! Fantastic way to start off the new year!

Shardz ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 January 2007

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!!

bogwoppet ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

You are a very talented and creative artist with an eye for detail, colour and composition and I love your work - Congratulations!

Arien ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Congratulations, it's very well deserved!

deviney ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

what a wonderful artist,her works says it all,true master!

Niha ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Congrats!! You deserve every bit of it! Excellent artist!

RadiZ ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

It's the first time i see your gallery, and i am so astonish, you are unbelievable good lady, well deserved honor - congrats

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Well ~really deserved.:-)bye cal

A_Joker_B ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

A throughly deserved accolade. Outstanding talent, exceptional artistry, successful professional...A true inspiration.

Jerusha ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Glad to see you here at Renderosity! Your work continues to be of the highest calibre and beauty. Bravo, well earned!

newangels ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Congratualtions you artwork is superb. Angela

Claywoman ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 January 2007

Congratulations BlackKeri! your work is outstganding and very inspiring...now if I could only talk my mousie into gliding acrosss the screen lol :)

lior ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007


stolenanjel ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

Congratulations to you! I've seen your work on DeviantArt and in Imagine FX magazine. Your work is truly inspirational. A well deserved award.

-BrandyE- ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

congratulations - your art is phenomenal...I find myself looking at it again and again and loving the level of detail...Your talent is an inspiration

amirapsp ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

Congrats my art friend...

graphixdezine ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

outstanding work!!! Truly your are an inspiration!

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

Congratulations...you have a beautiful talent!

Turtle ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 January 2007

Bravo! Your a very Talented young Woman.

Surama ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

Most excellent artwork...congratulations!!!!!!!!

Morgana61 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

I tuoi lavori sono un vero spettacolo, ammiro la tua capacit le tue idee, la tua creativited il tuo talento. Sei bravissima! You artwork is fantastic!!

rofocale ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

Well deserved, congrats!

ExprssnImg ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

It's about bloody Time!!!! I love your style and you've been in my favorite artists since your first post!

Fredy ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

Congrats! One of the best artists in the world!

Crimmy ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 January 2007

Congratulations! I hope 2007 is your best year yet!