I am delighted to announce that Renderosity members have voted RETEPK as the December, 2015, Artist of the Month! Retepk is an Adobe Photoshop artist who manipulates media to create a collage of surrealism, scifi and gothic images. His work is striking and imaginative and it's easy to see why Renderosity members voted for him.
In his bio at Renderosity.com he describes himself this way:
Definitely don't consider myself an artist just a Photoshop aficianado with a penchant for the surreal, the fantastically bizarre, science fiction, science, the past, the future, and the natural world. All with a soundtrack of spacey electronic and Industrial music.I have always been into art, especially Surrealism, Dadaism, Sci Fi, Pop Art, and Gothic imagery, but never created it myself (other than calligraphy) until I bought Photoshop 3 back in the 90s. Use Photoshop CS2, Illustrator, Bryce 6/DAZ, Artmatic Voyager, and GroBoto and one very overworked, 11-year-old Apple Macintosh computer.
After looking through retepk's gallery (he has uploaded well over 100 images), I think we can safely disagree with him about whether he is an artist or not (a resounding,"Yes, you are!). Being a scifi fan myself, I really enjoyed the variety of scenarios he has created in his works. His sense of humor comes out quite often in his work as well.
Take his comments (see below) on this fabulous image, "Window Dressing"
Created in Photoshop CS6. Stock credits - Night Moves 1 courtesy of mjranum -stock. Water courtesy of the public domain. Gauge courtesy of CG Textures. The rest are from my own photo library. As always this image maybe subject to spontaneous metamorphosis or be dropped into the maelstrom at the End of the Earth never to be seen again.
Retepk is a delightful artist with an impish sense of humor and a very big talent. Congratulations to him for being the December Artist of the Month at Renderosity. You can visit his gallery here and be sure to watch the video below which features 12 of his art works.
Congratulations on being voted the Artist of the Month! Tell our readers a little about yourself: who is retepk?
retepk: As to who I am. Just a suburbanite in a big city. A greenie. On the fringe. Used to be an avid reader of Sci Fi, and Horror, novels but, sadly, no longer. Am fully computer oriented. Always creating artwork now. Occasionally catch up with a good Sci Fi movie.
Choose one of your favorite works and tell us how you created it.
retepk: A favourite work. Well Poetry of the Absolute is a fav. It started out as simply just a photo of a beach at low tide. Then merged the photo of the trees. Brought in the stock photos. Trying this with that and again. Juxtaposing elements. I don't start with an image in mind. It starts literally with a blank canvas. From there it just goes where it goes. Making an order out of chaos. Might take weeks until something forms. Once i find the right path it seems to all fall into place.
Do you have any advice to artists who would like to start creating surrealistic imagery?
retepk: As to advising budding Surrealists well simply look into the mind's eye. Into the world of dreams and put it down on paper. Let your imagination fly.
Do you have any favorite artists who inspire you?
retepk: Favourite artists. The greats Dali, Magritte, Ernst, Man Ray and the more modern ones like H.R. Geiger, George Grie and Peter Gric to name a few.
You've been a member of Renderosity since 2008; How has Renderosity impacted your work?
retepk: Through the years I have had some wonderful feedback from some of the artists here on Renderosity which has been most encouraging.
Once again thank you very much.
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