“Phantastomaniac” is a term that for me is the most powerful expression of digital retouching: the ambitious post production and digital composing. In order to make images look realistic, I follow the law of logic wherever possible. It’s also very important for the artist to have a sense of an image, so that it is possible for the viewer to find a meaningful interpretation of the content. To achieve both sometimes isn’t easy, because my images often consist of several hundred layers that have to follow a master plan so that they appear as a completely new scene.
My inspiration comes out of my own fantasy. I’ve always been fascinated by technical things and fantastic scenes and images from the worlds of science fiction. So it was a logical step to bring together photography and fantasy with Adobe Photoshop to create my own zoo of unlimited possibilities.
Believe it or not, the main trick, when it comes to planning a composition, is to divide the process of image creating into three parts. That also means that I have to create images not only once, but three times. Before I grab the camera or switch on the computer, I develop the image mentally. The only borders that limit this process are the borders of my very own fantasy and apprehension. Both phantasy and apprehension are very important tools when planning a composed image.
When the creative brainstorming is done and the image is ready to leave my mind, the second step follows: the visualization of the idea with paper and pencil. At this point of the process, it’s important to first create a simple sketch. I never use any digital equipment for these drawings, but just concentrate on the idea without being bothered by any technical issues. Of course, this usually does not lead to a masterpiece, but a sketch that shows all of the objects the image consists of in the right places in proper perspective is good enough!