apterus


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apterus

name: Peter
surname: Polach
year of birth: 1987
country: Slovakia

 

Saint
by apterus

 

Q1: When did you start making art?
I was drawing all the time when I was in highschool. It was in that period of my life when I realized that I could do something more with it, than killing time during boring lectures, so I decided to go to college to study art. I spent 7 years in total in the company of artists and art students studying and making visual art, engaging lenghty discussions about its deep meaning and value… I encountered many truly wonderful pieces and peolpe with bueatiful minds, but mostly a lot of pretencious crap mimicking contemporary trends to tell nothing by people who are just bold enough to bother others with their uniteresting thoughts. After graduation I abandoned the world of “high” art starded as a CG artist (I preffer the word “craftsman” though).

Q2: What does inspire you?
For now I try to learn as much as I can. About various techniques, trends, compostion, colors… I choose my topics freely, sometimes I have mood for designing a mecha, sometimes for drawing some rotten flesh. I am mainly enjoying myself instead of trying to change the world by spreading powerful ideas by my pictures.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I do digital painting in Photoshop. I am always trying to learn new thinghs in this field and I am gradualy developing my own technique. Before, at college, I did traditional graphics and hyperrealistic sculpture.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
It is realy hard to say. Maybe I am fascinated by esthetics of the ugliness. I don’t really bother to think about such things, they build up from nothing in the process and are unique for each piece.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
That I dont know, dominant for practical reasons is the color black. I “discovered” real colors only recently. All my time I was working in black and white, so now I am truly fascinated by all colors, I use complementary contrasts very often, and my favourite pair is violet and yellowish orange.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything. There is always huge space for improvement and the only correct question is: why not?

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Yes, several. For example, I plan to do a comic series, or maybe a short film if I can get some help with it, situated in a postapocalyptic world. I started to work on images of “saints” and I want to implement judeo-christian religious imagery that we are all used to in our part of the world, to a different context.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of apterus.
weird, cynical, unsatisfied.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I have no idea what that was, but I can show you my first “real” digital illustration, when I said to myself that I have to finish smething and put in online. It is probably this one HERE. there is not really much to say. It was just a painting practice to see what I can do with my tablet at that time. The monster on it is based on a sculpture that lies in my workshop, still unfinished.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I went from drawing, through traditional painting, graphics, sculpture to digital art, but the topics were a little bit dark all that time. As for the digital art alone, I learned very much about the technique by absorbing from works of others and by practice.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I still have a big problem to define the term “art”, I guess that nobody who went to study it knows what it is anymore 😀 As I understand it now, art for me is pretty real too, it is a part of the reality, at least of my reality, so I am not escaping, more like choosing one aspect and ignoring the others.

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