My real name is Rainer Muehr and I'm living in Berlin for a whole week
now :). I'm a studying architecture here and I like this city quite a
Please describe yourself as a person.Are you a cool type of a guy or
more funny one?Do you take life seriously or are you more relaxed and
live the life without thinking much about the future?
I try to take this kind of circus not that seriously ;)
What was your first computer, and what computer do you use now?Do you
also miss the the good old days of c64 and A500?
My first computer was a A500. I bought that one in 1990. Lateron I sold
it to get one of those upcoming incredible A1200. Yes, this was a "Golden
Age" - no doubt. Not only in spite of the scene - the atmosphere was
simply different, if you know what I mean..
I sure do :)
How and when did you become involved in the scene and when did you start
The first demo ever was "Hardwired". Also if I liked this one very much,
I never dreamed of becoming part of that "demo-scene". In late 1993 I
visited The Party III (one of my all-time-favourites when it comes to
parties) with some friends. In this time I started drawing on computer,too.
Anyway, unfortunately I had to do my examina and my army-job directly
after this. So it was middle of 1995 when I start to draw more than a
few pixel a week.
Ok, which hardware/software do you use for drawing, and where do you get the
Hardware/Software: an expanded A1200 and Brilliance is everything I need.
The inspiration comes from everything I consume: music, videos, movies,
How many hours a day do you spend in front of your computer, and how many of those hours
are used on making gfx?
My studies & my friends take most of my time ;). Usually I draw within
some months more and in some less - perhaps 3 to 10 hours a week.
It depends on the project, e.g. compo-pictures take me 2-3 weeks.
Anyway I don't like drawing all night long, exept on parties.
When drawing, do you have a perfect vision in your mind or do you draw
more freely, by letting your image evolve in whatever direction you may
feel like it.
Most of my pictures are copies, so the image is ready when I start to
draw in most cases. The search for the right motiv takes me a lot of
time. I'm always looking for a motiv, that has something special,
a kind of mood if you want..
How long does it take to draw a good picture for
you, and what are the most important aspects of making a great
2-3 weeks. As mentioned before I don't like to sit in front of the
monitor for the whole day. Proportions, light and dithering (also if
I'm not using "stylish" dithering) are the most important.
What do you find the most difficult to draw, and which phase of your
drawing do you enjoy most. Personally I like mostly making the finishing
touches when the image is about 95% complete.
I never met ANY scener, no matter if graphician, coder or musician, that
didn't liked the "final" part of his/her work mostly. So do I :)
Ok :) do you use any special techniques.Which drawing tools
and techniques do you use mostly.
;)) Hehe not much to report. Okay, most parts in my pictures are still
pixeled, some usage of more "basic" functions of brilliance, nothing
Which of your own images do you consider as the best one and which was
the most difficult to draw?
In my case nothing is that difficult (copies only take the time to create
them ;)). The best one: hmmm "Meat Puppies" is one of my favourites, but
to be honest, I like every one of my last four full-screens ("Nebula Alpha",
"And If I fail?", "Meat Puppies" and "Boheme 29").. ;)
Tell me, is drawing in 8 bit color mode a limitation or a challenge for you?
Challenge. "Work with the media!" is one of my mottos :)
What do you think about raytracing?
I have no problem with that form of art. Unfortunately not many good
pictures around. Mixed techniques can look very awesome, too. I like
especially the work of Kube/CNCD.
....and what about redrawing?
As you perhaps noticed I did not much "Originals", yet :). A picture
has not necessary to be a good one, because it is originally drawn or
a bad one because it is copied. There is not much black-white in this
world, sorry ;)
Being an active scener for some time now, you must have seen a lot of
pics made by other graphicians.Who is your favourite graphician?
I have not one clear favourite, just a couple of names, whose work
I admire: Cyclone, Made, Phase, Niko, Ra, Destop, Rendall, Facet, Hof.
Do you have any favourite groups, musicians, coders, diskmags?Favourite