Posted by Roland | Posted in Inspiration, Photography | Posted on 17-09-2009
Tags: Digital Art, drawing, Photography, Robert Mekis
I’m not going to bore you with his biography (however, I think it’s also interesting), because the most important and interesting part is his artwork. In one word I can describe him as a digital artist. At his deviantart profile page we can see, that he describes himself as a Mad Scientist. When I will be talking with him next time, I’ll definitely ask, why he thinks so aobut himself.
Lots of readers may know him after his great digital drawings. Other may know him for his awesome landscape and water scape pictures. If for some reason you’ve never seen any of his works, or just don’t know who is Robert Mekis then this article is for you.
Today I’ve talked with him asking for permission to put his artwork on my blog. That was the second or third time we talked at all. The first one was about a year ago, when i was buying a new LCD for myself and looking for some advise. What can I tell about him? He is a very friendly person, and we quickly found the language we both understood correctly. He told me a little bit about his work, his pictures and how he was shooting them.
So, today I’m going to tell You a little bit about his artwork. From the beginning of the post I put some of his digital drawings. Because his main profile is digital drawing and that is if he hasn’t change his job, then this is exactly what he does for living. And I think he is doing great. Just look, how he combines colors, how he works with highlights and shadows. Looking at his drawings you feel that something is happening at the moment. Like the drawing was made from mental picture of some scene.
What I like the most is how he is using blurred objects and shining of lamps. They really keep the scene in motion, keep it alive. And again, the shadows…they fill picture with mysterious atmosphere. His awesome technique in drawing clouds, adding also ambient colors to them.
What can I say? He is a master of digital brush
Some years ago(I don’t know exactly) he tried himself also in photography and he has shown excellent results in this class of art. Lots of DA members often ask him, how does he shoot such colorful and sharp pictures? Somebody thinks, that as he is a digital artist, then maybe photoshops his pictures to make them more beautiful. What can I say. At first I thought, that they’re completely right. But, it depends on what to consider a photo-manipulation.
Adding more contrast and working with levels or curves? Well, that’s not a photo-manipulation. It is photo-correction. But anyway, what is a secret of good photos?
As Robert said himself, that’s a good tripod, cokin filters and what is the most important — the good light. I was amazed, when i got to know, that sometimes he visit a place for several times without taking any pictures, and just because of bad light.
How do you know, when the light will be good? Weather forecast. This is the onliest possible way to get to know about the weather. And of course, you should know some beautiful places.
So, there is no secret at all, how to be a good photographer. You just have to shoot, shoot and shoot again, but when you’ll be shooting, think with your head and not with your fifth spot…
And what about the quality of pictures. If we look at the cameras, that Robert use — that’s simple Canon Eos 300D with kit lens. And who told there is no possibilities to take a good picture with kit lens? There is no secret about the quality of his pictures. He often uses Panoramic shots, what gives him additional pixels and pixels give him additional quality.
And can you imagine, that this person was shooting for just a year, when he’d already done such a great pictures? Damn, Robert, give us a master-class…
Anyway, I think I told enough about Robert Mekis and as I don’t want you to be bored with my English full of mistakes and repetitive words, I’m going to leave you one on one with his works. Just relax and enjoy his pictures
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