My name is Robert Blake, and I'm a BLACK digital media artist living in Tallahassee, Fl. My practice includes 3D modeling, animation, 2D design, web design, audio/visual installation, and live performance.
How did you get into what you do creatively?
I've always been a creative kid, but when I was about 20 years old my best friend was killed on his motorcycle. We were doing the same degree, and after he died I started re-evaluating what I wanted to do with the precious time I had left on Earth. A few intense soul-searching weeks later and I changed my degree from Environmental Science to Digital Art. From that moment on I started learning as much as I could about digital media and digital art.
What themes do you pursue in you work?
My main themes are esoteric and spiritual imagery. When I was in school I enjoyed studying world religions and art history, so my work is a fusion of religious and spiritual imagery from both eastern and western religions, combined with the influence of visionary artists like Alex Gray, and more modern digital artists like "The Void". My work is full of eyes, orbs, sacred geometry, and the human body. I make moving visuals - usually, so I also produce and perform my own music while I'm not collaborating.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Honestly, my most memorable responses have been the various interactions I get on social media, to be honest. I have a few collaborations in the works thanks to the fact that I have been documenting and uploading frequently!
What/who influences you?
My influences are visionary artists like Steven Haman, Alex Gray, The Void, Tyler Roberts, Mr. Cranklin, and Datagrama. And then my studies of world religions. More often than not, my work has references to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity.
What makes your work necessary (to you, to others, to the community)?
My work is necessary for me to keep being able to express myself. It's necessary to the community, specifically the black community, because I want to expose more black people to the world of art, as creators, curators, and consumers.