Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Adam Martinakis, I come from Greece and Poland and I am a visual artist working primary on 3d digital medium. My artistic style is a mixture of conceptual, futuristic and surrealistic elements but generally I think it is hard for an artist to define precisely his own artistic style.
What is your favorite medium?
The digital creation in 3 dimensional space is the medium of my choice. I prefer to work in this virtual environment because it offers great new possibilities within a contemporary creative process and it links technology with art. The fact that our lives become more and more dependent on technology is also an intriguing element to search for answers that one may have, through the digital artistic process. Digital art is a child of its time.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The inspiration for my works come mainly from my studies of the nature of existence. I am interested in every aspect of human existence: spiritual, physical and even metaphysical. This is why in most of my works the symbol of human body is so apparent. The environment that interacts and affects life is also a great source of inspiration.
What is your creative process?
I start with an empty 3d space where I construct my models which will become the protagonists and surroundings of my scene. I create a virtual camera from where I will organize the synthesis of the creation. I cover the models with materials and add lights to the scene that will direct the feeling of the mood that I am in search of. With experiment I decide the final settings and properties of my scene and render the image. Finally, the files are sent to professional printing companies for high quality production.
Is there a specific theme/message/emotion you aim to evoke?
In my mind, art, is a universal communication tool, a language. I try to evoke many messages and emotions through the theme that I work on but they don’t have always a specific form that can be described by words. I feel like an individual intermediate that tries to express personal emotions and thoughts of the phenomenon of the existence. What the audience will receive from this is unknown but it is very interesting for me to see the interpretation.
What motivates you to continue to create?
The need for creation motivates me the most. There are days that I wake up and know that have to sit and work for continuous hours or even days until all that's boiling inside comes out in form of artistic expression. Creating art is of course a job for me with which I support myself and my family.
When you encounter creative blocks, what do you do to overcome them?
That depends on the nature of the blocks that occur and each individual problem has got (one or more) specific ways of overcoming it. Persistence and experimentation is most of the time a very constructive way to find solutions to those issues.
What are your thoughts on the future of art?
The world of the arts is following the social evolution of the societies and in some cases it is even ahead of it, creating the paths of the future. I am optimistic about the future of art as with the introduction of the internet the audience is wider and you can interact with more and more artists around the world. The future of digital art is even more bright in my opinion as it takes advantage of all the new achievements of the technology which bring new experiences.
What is something you have had to learn on your own that you would like to pass on to the next Creative?
There are many things that I have learned on my own during all those active and productive years but they all have come out from my personal journey and might not apply to other artists. I can say to the young artists though, that dreaming actually means planning if they want to succeed in what they do.