Dear readers, in today’s interview we’d like to introduce you a great concept artist and illustrator Harvey Bunda. Harvey calls himself an Advocate of the arts, and we couldn’t agree more. Why? Read on…
Harvey, it is a great pleasure to speak with you. Would you be willing to answer some of our curious questions?
Lately, we both have had a delightful experience with a world-renowned ImagineFX Magazine. Your „Journey of helios“ artwork has been featured greatly and Flame Painter has been reviewed brilliantly and got Artist’s Choice Award. What are your feelings about that?
I‘m very pleased on that feature. It got me pretty excited as well! It really can help spreading a word about our work. Flame Painter is one of my main effects arsenal when it comes to art. It is awesome in all aspects and always makes your painting pop out – i would call it the awesome tool!
Let’s get back in time a bit… How did you first started grow interest in becoming a digital artist? What’s the story?
I was first a traditional painter (mainly from oil printing practices) and also worked as a comic book penciller thoughout the years. When we had problems finding who would color my comic pages digitally, I decided to study digital painting. I figured out it‘s pretty easy as I have a lot of painting backgrounds from my traditional painting. That‘s why I always include the essence of the old tradition in my digital works.
How has your work developed throughout the years?
My works have been tremeduously improved from being a traditionalist through a mixed digital/trad to being a pure „digitalist“ - especially with the help of Flame Painter. Having Flame Painter effects is like a trademark on my art. I put a lot of my effort into the composition of the entire painting as it is the most important essence of art.
We know you’re doing amazing job with organizing artist events and workshops. Can you tell us more about it?
Oh yes, I was invited conduct seminars about art, digital painting, character development by several colleges and organizations. I was lucky to lead seminars at University of Santo Tomas, CSB Dela Salle University, St Scholastica, San Sebastian Collage, Fully Booked Fort Global and lately Mall Of Asia Arena, just to name a few.
Could you tell us several good online resources for digital artist you recommend visiting?
I would recommend few anatomy websites I find very useful:
Is there anything you would like to say to the world?
I’d like to recommend for all beginning artists to study old master painters - you will learn the masterfull strokes of art. We, the modern painters, are here just for inspiration. Study from the ground up - from the origins to the most recent. It will be an uncanny foundation to your creative endeavor. The foundation is everything.
Always create your masterpiece, never settle for anything less!
Thanks a lot for your time speaking with us. Have a great and creative day!
The first Escape Motions Artwork Contest is now over and we are pleased to announce the winners! But first, let us thank to all the participants for joining the contest with their enchanting artworks. Altogether 64 artists with 76 artworks joined the contest. Thank you for such engagement, we are absolutely blown away by your talent that we got a chance to see.
The popular vote via “Likes” determined the first five winners in each category. The rest of the artworks were evaluated by our “artistic eye” and we selected two artworks in both categories which win the Escape Motion Choice Prize. After long discussions we selected four pictures which are standing out technically and conceptually. Believe us when we say that it was very tough to judge!
And now the most important part - THE WINNERS.
Winners of Flame Painter Category:
1st place: Phönix by Yoogy Art (112 likes)
2nd place: Flame Lion by Kristin Tengel Schuricht (105 likes)
3rd place: Passion by Suawek (101 likes)
4th place: Abstraction by David A. Yaeger (59 likes)
5th place: Deep Sea Jellyfish by Spencer Hannam (43 likes)
Escape Motions Choice 1st Prize: Ellwindris - Healing Touch by Kris Cooper
Lovely fantasy painting with Night Elf Druid, we almost feel the healing energy coming from the woods. Beautifully executed artwork with great focus on details. Someone has just been healed.
Escape Motions Choice 2nd Prize: Oni Ni Tenome by Fantasio
Dark theme with a mythological creature. The Tenome is usually a man with eyes in his hands but in this artists view it is a woman in post-apocalyptic dark world. We like this original interpretation, overall composition and high quality of the image.
Winners of Amberlight Category:
1st place: Spell Cast by Boomshine (127 likes)
2nd place: Green Machine by Sheila Mark (122 likes)
3rd place: Fire Brand by David A. Yaeger (102 likes)
4th place: Life by Gerrie Skycat (42 likes)
5th place: Colorflare by Edward Ten Eyck (38 likes)
Escape Motions Choice 1st Prize: Wormhole by Andrzej Kuziola
If this is how wormholes would look like, we would love to travel to see them personally. Subtle particles and smoke effects are great add-ons to beautiful, colorful Amberlight field.
Escape Motions Choice 2nd Prize: Rain Phutureprimitive Higher Self Portrait by Ja Gold
From this picture the energy is pulsing more than from any high voltage amplifier. Number of effect layers with many details altogether builds this literally powerful image.
Follow this link to see the complete list of artworks with full images.
Escape Motions would like to congratulate to everyone who entered and especially to our talented winners!
Your Escape Motions Team
Dear Flame Painters,
we’ve put together a new Flame Painter 3.2 update so that you can work better on your Contest entries! :) Update to the 3.2 version with several new features and bugfixes:
- Wacom preserves tablet pressure data with vector layers
- Publishing artwork to online gallery without safe boundary fixed
- Switching between vector layers in Edit mode fixed
- Cancel HiRes rendering with “Esc” key
- Added file association on Mac OS
- More minor bugfixes
You can download the update from our Download Page.
Flame Painter 3.2 is free for Flame Painter 3 users. Flame Painter 1 and 2 users can upgrade to 3.2 from our Upgrade page.
Don’t forget that the first Escape Motions Artwork Contest is on!
You can now enter the contest with both Amberlight and Flame Painter artwork. We are pretty sure you are hiding plenty of your amazing talent from us, so we’ve put together a nice collection of inspirational prizes worth more than $6,000 to motivate all of you to shine. So show off! We’re ready.
Your Escape Motions Team