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Robert Blanda (Cybertenko): "Art for me is primarily a way of communication"

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Not only is Renderosity vendor/member Robert Blanda (Cybertenko) an artist, he's also a writer. He communicates through both his artwork as well as his writing. He expresses himself both ways and in his homeland--Czech Republic--he has published two fiction novels.

"I also did some acting in some theaters, but all this is firmly tied with the Czech language," says Robert. "Our nation is small and with Czech language nobody breaks anything anywhere."

I decided to get some more information about what his background consists of.

What brought you to Renderosity?

Sometime in the year 2006, I went on a business trip to Italy where I was fascinated by renaissance sculptures. After my return, I wanted to take a good look at these sculptures once more, so I searched the internet for its 3D models and that actually led me to 3d hobby. Even before that, I played a bit with programs like Bryce 3D and Vue, but this time I got to Poser. Of course to stumble upon Renderosity was obvious. I was immediately enthralled by its multiplicity and variability. So, I have started to make some pictures in poser 6, which is still considered one of the best versions of this program. Then, of course I did not realize I could ever create content for Poser. It seemed to me absolutely incomprehensible how someone can do such thing.

How has art changed your life?

In fact, I have studied art history at Charles University. Later, I dealt with stage design, graphic design, and one time I was doing even classical painted landscapes - as a hobby of course. 3d content creation is just another artistic discipline for me.

What is it about art that you love?

I like the older art like Pieter Bruegel the Elder. HispaintingThe Triumph of Death I consider one of the finest works of world art. I also admire Vincent van Goghforhisspontaneityand genuine creativity.

Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?

Creating models for Renderosity is not my main source of income. I go to work every day and I am working in the public sector, where salaries are not such as it might be. So, that income from sales of the models makes some extra income for me. But, of course, it forms important feedback for me, to see if what I'm doing has anybody willing to buy it. On the other hand, I think my work is still governed by my own passion rather than market demand. I did a lot of models just out of my own needs or desire, because I just wanted to, even though I knew in advance that they will probably not sell very well.

What does art mean to you?

Art for me is primarily a way of communication. Besides visual art, I devoted my life a lot to writing. 3d modeling is, however, an opportunity to reach out kindred spirits and establish communication through "art," if you want, regardless of the language barrier. And that is what fills me.

How did you become so passionate about art and why?

I think in my work of literature, with which I cannot unfortunately familiarize you, as well as with art or a model creation it is fantasy and imagination is what drives me. When creating fantastic models, I am trying to make them a background story and somehow put them in a pseudo-realistic environment. When I work on a model, I often hang on some questions how would this or that actually work or how it could be made to really function as needed. I try to imagine the consequences of design, function, but also the technology, production or use of it. I need to break from that to realize it's just a model, a fiction. I am not a real constructor and that no manufacturer will actually produce my model in real, so some design features or technological parts may not be so well thought out in detail. But then again, that's what I take as fun... think about that model in detail. Recently it happened to me that a customer wrote me that something I did, in fact, should have been done otherwise ... And that fascinates me! Someone else is thinking about the very same thoughts as me. And this is the communication through the art.

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