Archives for Portrait

Week 21: Back to Basics

While last week’s image was busy and colorful – this week goes in the opposite direction. I went with a very simple, high-key setup. No props, simple clothing and a white background – about as simple as plain as you can get. It is kind of like 40@Forty “unplugged.”
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Week 20 – Halfway There

Hard to believe I am halfway through with the 4040 Project. Turning 40 has never been so much work!!! Last week I displayed some of my work at a show in Dallas. Over the weekend, I managed to unload the paintings out of the car and moved them to the studio temporarily. When I went into the studio today to do my portrait, the paintings were in my way – all over the studio. I figured I might as well put that to use and incorporate them into this week’s portrait. Its kind of an artist’s “family portrait” … sitting in the studio, surrounded by a few of my babies. The difficult part was figuring out where each piece needed to be – since I couldn’t look through the camera while I was sitting there. I would take a test shot, move a painting a bit and reshoot. Once I got them arranged properly, I had to decide what kind of expression to use, how much of my face to show, etc. I ended up going with just the eyes…. to me it just made more sense. The funny thing is – all those different colors don’t look too bad
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Photo Camp

Last week, I taught a photography camp at The Westwood School in Dallas. We put together a slideshow of some of the images we created during class – self portraits, candids and even some modeling pics! We had a great time and I wanted to share the video. Enjoy!!
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Weeks 18 and 19

The past couple of weeks have been all about trying to take a regular headshot and turn it into something out of the ordinary. Last week, I took the portrait and turned it into a stone bust. My buddy Chase told me about this technique and I thought it would be fun to try. Overall, I think it turned out pretty good – but a little creepy. For this week’s image, I decided to pep things up a bit and go with a more colorful image. I followed a similar strategy… starting with a plain headshot, then adding and subtracting elements from it until it was much different than what I started with. I’m not sure what to make of it… so you will have to tell me what you think. If anyone is interested, maybe I’ll upload a few images to show how I progressed from the original image to this final image.
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More 4040 Images

The past two weeks have brought two very different images to the collection. Week 16 is a tribute to the great Rene Magritte. Basically, I recreated his painting “The Son of Man” It was fun to try and replicate such an unusual image! This week, I went the opposite direction – with a much simpler creation. Basically, it is just me sitting in a chair on the backdrop with a single light source. Quite a contrast between the two images – but that is really what the entire 4040 Project is all about.
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The Audition

Last month, I created a very unusual piece titled “The Audition” Two of my favorite models, Guis and Sami, were helping with the Westwood play and we decided to capitalize on the cool location and create something. After running through a couple of ideas, we finally settled on this puppeteer concept with Gusi standing on a piano bench to control Sami the puppet. We added a mysterious stranger in the audience to provide some balance – then I painted the entire image. The final piece came out quite cool. I entered the print in a state-wide photography competition and won several awards, including Best Overall Illustration, Best Illustrative By A Master, Best CPP Image and a Judges Choice Ribbon. Quite a showing!!
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Week 15: A Splash Of Color

Last week, I spent a few days at a photography workshop that focused on using color. For this week’s 4040 Portrait, I decided to try and push my use of color to the max – and use a lot more than I would normally feel comfortable using. I created a simple portrait then started adding on the paint! I even recorded the process. At some point – when I can figure out how to convert it for the web – I may even post it online so you can see how it unfolded.
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Old School

Week 11: Old School Every once in a while, I kind of miss the old days – when I worked in an office and had to wear a tie every day. There is something so classic about the coat and tie. Unfortunately, nowadays – the only time I wear a tie is when I’m going to a funeral or a wedding. I decided to break out the coat and tie – plus go even more old-school by adding the hat. After playing around with the strobes for a bit, I decided to just use the modeling light and go for more of a blur – rather than making the image sharp and crisp. After several takes, I ended up with this cool image. I gave the shot an antique look by taking away the color and adding some grain. I love the mystery of this shot- it is almost abstract.
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Fellow 40: Cheryl

With 4 kids, Cheryl’s life is all about lugging kids and equipment from place to place. She came up with an image concept that really illustrates this lifestyle!    If you think this image is great – you should see her Christmas cards every year.
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