Location: The World
Field: Character artist
Email: erigoart - gmail.com
2011 Entry: Elektra
“If one can't recognize that it is a superhero, it becomes a contradiction to the fact of its creation.”
Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop.
Everything around me- environments, people...
Diablo, StarCraft, Commandos, DivineDivinity, The Witcher, Doom, UT, Killzone, GodOfWar...
LoTR, BladeRunner, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Apocalypse Now, Redux...
All kinds of music. Whatever fits my mood.
Dog or Cat Person?
Live on and learn!
Looks like I don't have any which I could call "bad".
Recover from a bad day?
Friends, Bike, Guitar, Movies...
What is a good day?
When I tell myself in the morning , "I 'm going forward no matter what!"
Introduce yourself. Let everyone know a little about who you are and what you do!
I'm the type of person that likes to see different things in as many different perspectives as I can, without relying on 'definitions' or 'public recognition' and that is why I call myself an artist. I was born in Germany and grew up in Ukraine. I was always a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy movies and they inspired me to draw and paint all the time. It wasn't long until my parents bought me my first computer, complete with the mind-boggling Photoshop 3.0 and of course, 3DsMax 2.0. I had no clue what to do with either of them! But in the summer of 2001, I came into contact with the Warcraft 3 cinematics and I decided “Thats it!”- My real journey into 3D art started there.
A few years later, I graduated from the Art Institute in Kiev. I started working as a freelancer, providing traditionally painted environments and characters. The last ones where the most entertaining to do, but learning environment rendering really helped expand my artistic vision.
These days, I don't have any limitations between 3D, 2D, characters or environment. I'm an artist who does it all.
It's been a while since you've been crowned as champion. What have you been up to? Did winning Comicon 2011 affect you in any way?
To be honest, I never felt any weight from the 'crown'. I just hope that I gave the beginners some inspiration and the pro's a kick to keep learning ;)
Why did you enter the Comicon Challenge?
I liked the mood of this particular event, and I thought it was a great opportunity to gain some experience!
How did you come up with the idea for your Character? Was there a specific reason for the design?
If one can't recognize that it is a superhero, it becomes a contradiction to the fact of its creation. Meaning, if you create a superhero, but it doesn't look super, then it's definitely no hero!! =) In my creation, I felt that lonely beauty could and “should” be recreated into something new! Elektra was the perfect candidate to bring my design and inspirations to life and to share my ideas with fellow artists in such a great event.
Making art is not the walk in the park everyone thinks it is. How do you keep focused and motivated?
It's easy to get distracted with the drama that is our lives but I think it's these dramatic moments that instill a very powerful desire... a desire to create art! They make bright moments brighter and enable us to draw strength even from darkness! Production … yes, at times, it gets pretty tough! So, for me, to stay focused, I like to play music, mostly on my guitar. I find it changes my mood instantly and makes me feel refreshed and all positively new.
And let's not forget sports ok? Exercise is good. Personally, I enjoy biking, as it recharges me the most ;)
What was that distinguishing moment when you decided you were an artist?
When I felt I was able to express myself in this world :) To be honest, the surroundings of my childhood weren't very bright and colourful, you know? So drawing, painting and sculpting were a kind of new reality where you could feel good about yourself. It gave me an opportunity to express myself on different levels, and with a much wider audience.
What would be your advice for aspiring artists out there? What type of training do you think would be helpful in becoming a successful Concept Artist?
Start with simple stuff and work hard to make it the best that you can! Find reference in real life instead of googling it all the time! Complicated doesn't always mean better, sometimes simple works best. And keep yourself hard at work! I know that all this is nothing new but I think these are some of the key ingredients needed for us to one day, very soon, attain our goals.
Any final thoughts? Ex: Thank you's, motivational speeches, evil monologues etc?
I'd like to thank my parents, friends and electricity for making this event possible for me :) Let the force be with you!
Thank you Erigo. You created a fantastic entry and I am positive I speak for everyone when I say, "I hope all your future endeavors will be extra-ordinarily rewarding!"