Digital artist Mark DeMent presents an intriguing and unusual portfolio. Visit his website to see more of his work.
I am a graphic designer and illustrator working in advertising and design. I have a degree in fine art and I am now expanding my work in fine art as a digital artist.
For my advertising and design career I’ve had to cultivate a number of looks and ways of working to accommodate client requests. I enjoy exploring different software packages and different looks, but I’ve begun to narrow down the way I work for my fine art. I want to have a painterly feel to the work, but I also want my art to maintain a sense of the digital.
I use 3D illustration, digital painting, and image editing as the primary means of creating my art. I have been developing a method of unifying all the elements into a work with the feel of a painting.
I love the work of the classic turn of the century illustrators, NC Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish and especially Edmund Dulac. Their work is very different from one another and I like them all.
I enjoy working with pattern design, landscapes, abstracts, pieces of stories and zeppelins.
The zeppelins are a favorite. My grandmother had an old National Geographic with the Hindenburg crash on it’s cover, and I have had an interest in airships ever since.
I always come back to creating more images with airships. I’ve begun exploring work that has as it’s source one of my favorite notions from a book by illustrator Chris Van Allsberg.
His book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” showed me the power of presenting one frozen moment of a story. How one line or one caption can send the viewer in any direction they want to take it.
I like the idea of giving the viewer the opportunity to fill in the blanks about my images. Create a bit of fun.
I enjoy artwork that leads someone to create their own backstory. I find it fun to see if I can create a piece that would cause someone to want to know enough of the surrounding story that they would complete it for themselves. I can see this line of work becoming one where I spend a great deal more time.