ABOUT
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 Dominik Skarbek-Kruszewski vel Kalais on the photo "We learn to think about everything, and then we train our eyes to look as we think about the things we look at. We look at ourselves already thinking that we are important. And therefore we've got to feel important! But then when a man learns to see, he realizes that he can no longer think about the things he looks at, and if he cannot think about what he looks at everything becomes unimportant."

Don Juan ( Castaneda C., "Separate Reality" )

At the beginning - one of my favorite quotes. And now let me tell you what this blog is about ... Hmmmmm, some time ago, at depressingly gray and full of positive colors afternoon I found this is a time to start put my visions into the illustrations, instead of trying to forget them (as I was always good at forgetting). I have always been interested in art in a broad sense. For several years I was working as a graphic artist and webdesigner. I created a few animations, I wrote a few scripts, organized few art exhibitions, festivals, etc. (and, what you can find strange, my education is social psychology).

But thats not main topic here. I paint using a tablet (pen with a special pad connected to a computer, you can see it on the image shown next to this text), I often sketch with ordinary pencil, and recently I paint using traditional methods - paints. Always with music, which helps a lot when creating.

Apart from my first pictures, which were an exercise, searching, sometimes wandering, most of my works is a slightly surreal (?) illustrations. I do not like too much to talk about my works, so I'll write opinions I about me. I have heard that its unique and interesting style and interesting ideas. A few people said my works show the adult world in childish design-style. There are comparisons to Tim Burton's work (which I consider to be insulting to him :P).

Oh, I forgot to write on the beggining, my name is Dominik Skarbek-Kruszewski aka Kalais.

P.S. Under the comments you can find some technical informations about the blog itself.
P.S.2 Translation this blog to english is pretty hard for me. Many of jokes and my thoughts are very hard to translate becuase they heve more then 1 meaning in polish. So sometimes I just reduced translation to basic sense of sentences, and excluded some things.

WEB SITE'S ACHIEVEMENTS
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  • Styczeń 2011
    2nd place at contest for best web site. Contest run by www.forumweb.pl

  • February 2010
    Golden Page of the Week by polish magazine "Wprost".

  • January 2010
    Contest "Blog of the year 2009". 35th place for 835 blogs (hehe, I know that 35th place is not a great result, but considering my not commercial style and number of blogs participating in the competition it is probably a good result)

EXHIBITIONS
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  • April 2011
    SCEK - Galeria Brzozowa, Jezuicka 4 st, Warsaw, Poland. Exhibition of illustrations from Illustrated Apparent Reality.

  • 23 April 2010
    Winowajca, Inżynierska 01 st, Warsaw, Poland. Exhibition of illustrations from Illustrated Apparent Reality.

  • 13 November 2009
    Cinema-Gallery Charlie, Piotrkowska 203/205 st, Lodz, Poland. Presentation of my animations from Metaphorical Motions art project, and illustrations of the Illustrated Apparent Reality on big screen as a part of "CHEOS" - Charlie (Experience) Open Space project.



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Kalais - 04-05-2008, 19:51
oki, sprawdzam czy komentarze dzialaja
jesli to czytasz, znaczy ze jest ok ^_^


Klekot - 04-05-2008, 21:33
Kalais fakrycznie raczkujesz ale ten krajobraz ladny wyj**ales ;D PzDr for you ! ;D.


luk4sz3k :D - 04-05-2008, 21:41
spoko rysuneczki :) troche ćwiczeń i perfekcja :D hehe.. naprawde jesteś na dobraj drodze ;]


ziembla - 04-05-2008, 22:05
maluj, maluj i jeszcze raz maluj :P :D


Vinzcý - 05-05-2008, 19:46
Art is philosophy ;-)


Kalais - 05-05-2008, 20:11
Klekot, luk4sz3k, ziembla - dzieki za odwiedziny i komentarze, staram sie jak moge :P
vinzci sup sup, nice to see u here :)


luk4sz3k :D - 07-05-2008, 20:10
spoko ;p


Kalais - 12-06-2008, 15:28
ehh, juz jakis spam sie tu pojawil, skasowany
btw. dzis nowa pracka wyladowala :)


Klekot - 17-06-2008, 18:06
Ten romantyczny spacer fajne to to tylko co ten koles zostawia za soba bo to wyglada jak kupa co to wlasciwie jest ? ;D a tak PS to ladnie ci wychodza te rysunki ;)


Kalais - 17-06-2008, 18:21
hahaha, to butelki :)


przeor - 20-08-2008, 20:45
\'Pewnego szarego, pełnego kolorów popołudnia stwierdziłem w nocy\' lol tekst zmieniles in plus :D


Kalais - 07-09-2008, 09:41
hehe :)


Kalais - 29-12-2008, 14:58
doh, a kysz spamie


Kaśka S. - 29-12-2008, 15:22
Hej Dominik! Świetne prace jak już mówiłam, postępy widzę, maluj więcej :*
P.S. Włosy blond niewiasty się wpłątały do zdjęcia powyżej? :>


Kalais - 02-01-2009, 09:55
dzieki za odwiedziny :)

jakie wlosy? :P


Gabi - 02-01-2009, 16:43
Byłam, widziałam, ćwiczyć musisz dużo :) Kompozycja i dobór kolorów jest świetny w więkoszości prac, pomysły też dobre! Przestrzenność do poprawienia.
Buziaczki! P.S. Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!


Kalais - 04-01-2009, 16:24
test nowego systemu antyspamowego :)
tyle juz bylo tu spamu :(


Morty - 05-01-2009, 22:19
Very talented is simply what you are dominik..


hakan - 15-01-2009, 18:06
całkowicie przypadkiem trafiłem na Twojego bloga i mam do Ciebie pewną sprawę bo myślę że jesteś osobą której szukam już jakiś czas :)
odezwij się na gg 7129018 pozdrawiam :)


Silesia - 29-01-2009, 09:42
Swietne prace, szczegolnie te mroczne. Z Burtonem sie kojarza niektore rzeczywscie. Robisz animacje? Ja bym to wszystko zobaczyla w ruchu, swietne to wszystko jest!


Kalais - 29-04-2009, 10:16
tak, ale tworzenie animacji to bardzo powolny, czasochlonny proces. Pomyslow masa, a z czasem na to krucho :(

opss, troche pozna ta moja odpowiedz :P ale lepiej pozno niz wcale jak to sie mowi :)


slawuspolonus - 05-11-2009, 17:22
no tworzysz to za niedługo będziesz naszym sąsiadem na wyspasztuki.art.pl postawim ci tam pracownie....prace projektowe trwają :)
słonecznie


Kalais - 05-11-2009, 20:58
ah, zostane wyspiarzem!
niezmiernie mi milo :)


Kalais - 12-01-2010, 18:30
kalais blog bierze udział w konkursie "blog roku 2009", dodałem banner na górze strony, głosujcie :)

P.S. dochód z sms'ów zostanie przekazany na cele charytatywne


Maria (Miverel) - 22-01-2010, 18:33
Hej! Dziękuję za wizytę na mojej stronie o Burtonie (http://tim-burton.org). I tym bardziej mi miło za pochwałę moje skromnej grafiki :)
Z chęcią przejrzałam Twoje prace, muszę przyznać, że niebywale intrygujące!
Pozdrawiam serdecznie!


Yevon / Gemcaster - 05-02-2010, 15:31
Heya Kalais, I like the art u made. It's very cool. Keep up your good work and I hope u can earn a lot of money with it :) Hope everything is going alright in Poland? In Holland it is. Take care pal :)


Kalais - 12-02-2010, 12:14
@Maria (Miverel)
fajnie ze sie podobaja moje ilustracje :)

@Yevon / Gemcaster
hej Evert! :)
perfectly fine here :) thx for visit :)
glad u like my illustrations :)
haha, money from painting those would be niceeee :) atm. it is mainly hobby :)
good to hear everything ok in holland :)

cheers!


ANY - 01-11-2010, 23:09
siema Kalais ! nice work @ blog
have sprit !!


Kalais - 22-11-2010, 11:51
haha, wow ANY, how did you find my blog? :D
It is been long time, how you doin?

I am glad u like my works :)
Cheers!


TimBurtonFan - 07-04-2012, 21:59
Super prace!


fate - 28-11-2013, 15:29
Świetna sztuka, szkoda, że już strona nie aktualizowana? Może jakieś nowe prace? Pozdrawiam gorąco w te chłodne dni.


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Here you can find some technical information about the blog itself:

  1. Blog was created May 4, 2008, but older works have been seted to the dates when they were created. I did not want at all works have same date.
  2. Number of comments on the main page is working correctly ;)
  3. Blog from the technical side (coding, graphics) was made in a few hours (aka very fast), but I hope it is function well. I've added today (May 7), a gallery with thumbnails of all the works and a list of recent comments. This should improve the usability. ;P
  4. June 28, 2008 - updated pics above. :O
  5. July 25, 2008 - added an RSS feed, it is useful for trace news here.
  6. August 19, 2008 - changed the text above.
  7. January, 04, 2009 - added a antispam image verification for comments (for now only in this section, if spam will grow in other sections I'll add it everywhere).
  8. January 22, 2009 - moved info you reading right now down here and a few changes to the text at the top.
  9. July, 08, 2009 - added in every section spam filter - reCAPTCHA verification, also changed pictures above.
  10. November, 04, 2009 - big changes in the server-side of the blog. I wrote a completely new CMS based on XML files, and I implemented it here, I'll probably use and develop it for some commercial projects. What does this mean for the reader? Absolutely nothing:) The changes are not visible to visitors. Well, maybe only the momentary lack of Polish letters in the comments.
    Ah, and from today the blog has an English version.
  11. January, 12, 2010 – kalais blog participates in the contest "blog of the year 2009", I added a banner on top of the polish version of page, vote :)
  12. January, 21, 2010 - "blog of the year 2009" banner removed, thx to all people who voted for me, at begining I was on 9th place, but in the end I droppped to 35 from 825 blogs in my category, still nice tho ;)
  13. December, 28, 2010 - I have changed design of the whole blog, mainly top of the web site. I added there characters from kinożercy illustration.
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