by Piotr Gajda
A scene of an unusual meeting, which most likely will not end well for one of the figures of the painting, who are a warrior or a wanderer (we only see his silhouette) and a large swamp monster.
The heavy atmosphere that accompanies this scene is emphasized by the use of dark colors (mainly black) and by blurring the characters in the fog. The only bright spot in the painting is the giant’s eye, which glows with a red flame. Its bitter appearance and silhouette hidden in the night fog evoke terror and anxiety. The author masterfully uses the tension between the content of the image and the creation of specific emotions in the viewer. Thanks to this, we can admire a work not filled with colors, but interesting to the eye.
concept artist / illustrator
Polish concept artist, illustrator. Civil engineer. He has worked on projects such as Xanadu – A Nibiru Roleplaying Game Expansion and Giant Uprising (VARSAV Game Studio).
He started drawing out of pure passion and at the beginning – only for himself. His artistic path began 10 years ago. At that time, he mainly created illustrations, but he worked at the same time in really different professions – from an engineer on a construction site, through a photographer, a designer-constructor to official work. In the meantime, he was still struggling to find his place in the large-scale commercial creative world.
He has always been interested in discovering media – started with the traditional ones, through photomanipulation, to digital and 3D painting. Thanks to this passion, he has recently been working in Gamedev as a concept artist. His main inspiration is nature, as he grew up in the countryside, surrounded by forests and lakes. That is why his main activity has become the design of places, areas and architecture, i.e. environment concept art.
Piotr Gajda’s works show, above all, a variety of circles and heroes. They stand out because they are focused on creating different stories, in which nature plays the main role. The characters can most often be found in the center of the painting – they are small in relation to the environment, but necessary to tell the story. This does not mean that the artist does not pay attention to them – quite the opposite. Gajda focuses on details to best reflect the mood of the painting. The artist’s works are inspired by both medieval wars, myths and futuristic ideas about the world.
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