Ten Questions to Siegfried
When did you discover digital
art and when did you start working with digital images?
My first brush with computer graphics
took place in the mid eighties. I saw a few Graphics in a book and despite
the fact that they did not suit my taste, I still was very interested because
they were produced with the computer.
In 1998 I started with digital Photography.
As a finishing touch to my poems about Hamburg I designed a web site with
digital images, that I refined with Photoshop 4. That was the beginning.
Do you have any experience in
traditional art or photography?
No, none or let's say very little.
Which programs do you use to create
and elaborate your images?
Primarily I work with Photoshop.
Sometimes I use Picture Publisher if I work With Photo collages.
How do you feel working with pixels
instead of brushes is changing traditional art?
I believe in two levels of painting
- one is the traditional with the brush. The other is painting with pixels.
Both techniques are perfectly capable
to co-exist as one can already see in todays Art. It was never easier to
express and present own feelings in art and what could eventually create
a downside balance for the traditional painting. Question: what would Rembrandt
have done, what direction would have been his decision if computers would
have existed in his time?
Do you always look for a certain
effect and atmosphere or may they just be the result of a casual process?
Surely can a specific atmosphere
be the result of a relative secondary process. The colours of a painting
can trigger some sort of a "colour rush" with me producing a serene and
warm feeling within me.
I have never counted the mouse clicks
a painting takes to create and finish. There are definitely thousands maybe
tens of thousands and naturally I always look for effects for new experiments.
I spend a large amount of time to develop and refine aspects. The same
goes for the colours. An atmosphere for me is the surrounding, the room,
and the space in which I work. It is the temperature, no noise, and no
Do you have a favorite subject
(humans, nature, abstract)?
Abstract is definitely my favorite
but that does not exclude possible future directions I may want to explore.
If you were to recommend a program
to a newbie who wants to start working with digital images what would it
Paintshop, Picture Publisher and
Photopaint are good for the beginner because they offer a wide range of
effects and paint techniques with enough room for advancement. And they
are not as expensive as others.
Where does your inspiration come
from? Can it be the reproduction of your imagery?
It would be wonderful if one could
always create just purely out of e specific mood (this would be the ideal
and should be). But my creations are very often hard labor. Meaning that
if necessary I sit hours in front of the computer until the „spark" finally
explodes and I have the gate to a new painting opening. The viewer only
sees the result without knowing the process that was involved.
Can digital art as a new means
of artistic expression offer more than painting, illustration, etc. or
is it something totally different?
Digital Art is at the beginning
stages of its medium. Especially here in Germany it has as of yet relative
little recognition. But the development will strengthen and increase over
the next years. I do believe that with the 21st century a new culture within
art started. Digital art is one form that expresses this new age. Digital
art will itself parallel to traditional painting and offers a wide range
of experimentation and open discussion fields. The present is for me as
digital painter exiting and full with suspense - a big adventure.
What do you want to communicate
with your images?
I came as a songwriter and poet
about three years ago to digital painting. I see this form of painting
as another big challenge. Partially my poems flow in to the colours meshing
with the paint and thoughts join in. To be able to convey this as a whole
to the viewer is my pursuit and what I wish to accomplish.
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