This article features artwork and interviews from artists involved in the digital and photography group, Belle-Art
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Borruen is a fantastic photomanipulator/illustrator whose artwork is more innovative, creative and imaginative than most photomanipulation landscapes you see!
Explain what you do.
So, I'm a photomanipulator/illustrator. As I once said in my journal, "Manipulation is not simply putting totally different pictures together, it's about recreating reality. By merging different representations of reality, different moments in time, we, manipulators, are able to create our own worlds from scratch.". Sometimes strict manipulation doesn't give you the freedom you need, so I usually draw a bit on my manips.
What genre do you like creating most?
Well, it's hard to define what genre I like, but I always tend to do fantasy/sci-fi. I always try to make something as original as possible and I think those two genres, despite some people thinking otherwise, have a lot of potential for originality.
Why did you choose photomanipulation/mixed media?
I'll be honest, I've chosen manipulation because I didn't have a tablet then. Haha no, seriously, I wanted to create something so bad, yet I didn't have the tools to do so, so I had to improvise with what I had, and all I had was Photoshop. Manipulation seemed the most accessible medium then, so I tried it and fell in love.
What do you love about it?
I love how you can recreate reality with manipulation. You're not just manipulating a photograph, you're manipulating a moment in reality that was captured by that photograph. You're merging all these unique moments into something completely new, a new world that you're able to transform as you wish. Sure, you may have much more freedom with painting/drawing, but none of them give you the opportunity to play with something true, with something real that was once caught in time. Yea I know it may seem too deep to be true to some people, but that's really how I feel and why I love manipulation! haha
Do you have any tips for people interested in doing this?
Giving tips is hard for me. I had no formal training on manipulation, drawing, composition or anything like that, so I don't have anything "didactic" to say. All I can say is, the software is not the problem, anyone can use photoshop or any other editor. Don't ever rely solely on the software when manipulating as it's not gonna create anything by itself. Keep in mind that manipulating is indeed a form of artistic expression and for such, it demands artistic knowledge. You can't do a good manipulation without knowing proportions, perspective, color matching, composition, drawing and even painting. I sketch my manips, I draw perspective lines on them, I keep proportions in mind. Actually I keep in mind everything a painter/drawer does, I just use different resources, but the technical aspects are pretty much the same. I HAD to learn these things by myself in order to do something relatively good.
The best from the past four week's submissions!
Macabre . Horror
Dark . Surreal
Fantasy . Sci-Fi
Conceptual . Emotional
Portraits . People
Nature . Animals
Landscapes . Buildings
Mixed Media . Miscellaneous
Thank you for reading and looking at this month's issue!