Author Topic: Meet Mat The Colossus: Path of a Painter  (Read 5778 times)

Hi,

Meet MAT the Colossus – my entry for the Allegorithmic’s contest.  :D MAT is an ancient stone colossus covered with moss and lichen that stands on a swampy ground. Legends say the antique Path of a Painter goes right through the colossus. It’s a path full of trials, but the one that should be taken to reach the Heart of a Painter.

For this work, I was looking for a concept that would communicate some idea. Due to that, I've decided that MAT in my vision shouldn't be a character, but rather a canvas for something more than that. "Everything is a canvas for a Painter" — this line came pretty quickly (pun intended ::)), and it fit perfectly well with this concept.

Thinking of a canvas, I've remembered primeval cave drawings I saw and how I was fascinated by the idea that it is the Art and Culture that connects the past and the future. Primeval artists were creating their art just as we do in our time. Thousands and tens of thousands of years passed, and yet their art still exists for us while these people are long turned to dust.

For me, it was a really thrilling idea that for my entry I could use the very first forms of art in conjunction with the Substance Painter, which tech stands on the edge of our progress. It’s like bringing together something that on a first thought can’t stand further apart — cave drawings from prehistoric times and Substance technology.

Just think of it: some artists of old actually created every drawing you can see on MAT, and there are four of them. It were people of flesh and bones who were born, lived and perished, but in the end managed to leave a mark of their existence that reached us through the ages.

In one part, "Path of a Painter" is my humble tribute to these unknown artists of old. I'm putting these drawings to display one more time, in the year of 2017, with the idea that it is the Art that can long outlive ourselves.

In another part, this work is a tribute to all artists that lived, live now and will live in the future. I believe that there is a link between all of the artists who climb the path of creativity through various obstacles, pitfalls and disappointments, but still struggle to express themselves through the art. May the art created within an open heart of the artist be his heritage.

I hope you will enjoy these ideas as much as I do. :)

Check out the Artstation page: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/KQ5vG

P. S. By the way, reality is cruel.  Particular artist of our time misspelled the "heart" word, rendered images and submitted them to the contest. Oh, dear...  :P

This is very interesting.
The story is wonderful.  I've really enjoyed people who have put a lot of back-story into their entries.

I need to look at this on a decent monitor (instead of a small laptop with a crappy display).  From what I can see, it looks really impressive, and I am looking forward to getting a better look at it.

P.S.
I think you should post a good close-up of the "face" here.
Please?
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Thanks! Check out the first image (tall one) or the Arstation page - they have just enough resolution for the facial painting. I'll look to add another image here when I get home.

D'oh!
I just clicked on the picture, and it didn't open a larger version, so I was thinking that was as big as it would get.  Yeah, clicking the link downloaded a higher-resolution file.
I am impressed!   :D
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