1) Please tell us a little about yourself first.
My name is Saeed aka Qa9eD, from the United Arab Emirates. I am currently a working student majoring in Financial and Managerial Accounting; working for Lammtara Pictures - a production house focused on 'Creative' projects. I've known DA since 2003, but became an active member in 2004. Started with Photoshop during mid 2003.
2) How did you start out with art? Which was the first (digital) medium you used and why this one?
I have always been interested in art since I was a little toddler drawing with my crayon and painting random objects with the brush that I used to call my magic wand - but as the years went by i stopped using watercolors and just stuck to my pencil -- sketching. However, my interest towards art grew the moment I got my first computer in 2003. I learned that you can paint, illustrate and create digital artworks through various designing programs such as Photoshop, CorelDraw or Paint Shop. Since then, I experimented a lot with different designing methods and styles using different programs starting off with Paint Shop 7, Corel Paint and then finally focusing and moving on to Photoshop as I realized it was my safe haven. This helped me learn how to create abstract designs and illustrations, mix colors, blend photos, enhance and correct digital photographs, the art of typography; among other things. Like many others, i started making signatures and then moved on to blends & wallpapers. During late 2005 I was very focused on creating fantasy artworks through my other account ~trappedillusions - and a year later my interest towards this type of art deteriorated. So then i started working on a more general digital art style which was creating artworks with various combinations of 2D & 3D shapes/renders, elements and photos.
3) What prompted you to venture beyond this medium?
The love for digital art. I never thought of taking digital art seriously; but after hours of browsing through related art galleries i decided to venture more into the program; not knowing that i would fall deeply in love with it. I just learned about layers, so i began experimenting by drawing shapes, very basic ones and then brought them all together to make something that i thought was decent and cool. Then i learned about blending modes which drew me even more into photoshop and made me begin creating blends and wallpapers of movies that i liked. Thought these various series of attempts and experimenting I became a photoshop-potato and learned a lot.
4) What does Mixed Media mean to you?
To me mixed media means being creative. It means gaining more technical skills that can help you soar and produce your work in your own distinctive style by combining different mediums. I am not saying that you must learn using other programs; just learn the ones you think you can work with - to express more of yourself.
5) Which media did you use for your deviations True Colors and Poison? Why did you choose these specifically and which part of the deviation is what?
These images went through a very similar process, mainly painting/airbrushing and photomanipulation. I began by creating a textured background from scratch. First I opened a new file, flood filled it with a solid color. Grabbed my tablet and started painting, drawing and texturizing the solid layer. After creating the textured layer, sometimes it is good to experiment with filters - like in the first image above for example i used the distort filter and faded the filter to around 40-50% just to have that textury feel i wanted. You can also use other textures over your original creation to see whether the result can be worked on; why not try new techniques it won't hurt - and viola mixed media. So after completing the first step of making a texture, i move on to adding photos, elements, sometimes basic scribbles for that cool abstract look. When i feel like i'm almost done; I experiment even more with colors through blending a combined number of airbrushed and painted layers over the final result - hence the colorful outcome.
6) Do you have any tips regarding the use of several media in ones art is there something one should keep in mind when combining the art forms?
Personally, i don't think i can direct someone on how to mix their medias. Its simply one's own perception of using his/her tools; and how efficient they are in using them. So, for me using different medias means knowing my program, abilities and how far i can go with what i know -- even if its basic. This is why i experiment a lot, I always learn small new things/techniques that help add something to my work. Don't underestimate the basics of what you know because it is always the little things that complete a perfect picture.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions.