As an artist, a lack of resources can be my most glaring limitation. This limitation, however, forces me to use the materials I do have in a creative way. Along the way I learn methods of how to bridge the gap.
The “Wall Art” series is an exploration of a number of new techniques for me. I don’t have access to the finest make-up, a high key studio, or a large budget. Instead I have learned how to work with what is available (and feasible for me): costume body paint, an off camera strobe, and cardboard (oh, and Photoshop of course!).
I use a paint from Party City (but I have started experimenting with a cream-blend paint by Mehron). The paint has all kinds of drawbacks: its dry, crumbly, and delivers spotty coverage.
One day I would love to learn how to use studio lighting. Until then, I’ll use my single strobe in a huge light-box and make-do. Before figuring out the basics of my strobe I used natural window light.
Working with a tiny budget forces you to get creative. I use cardboard, curtains, fake flowers, and wrapping paper to construct the scenes for “Wall Art.” The cardboard I use was actually a Christmas gift from my husband’s family last year (I get waaaay too excited about sheets of cardboard and nice boxes… there’s just so much potential!).
Some of the “before” pictures are a little scary! This typically leads to heavy post-production work to smooth out the color (mixer brush & selective color), keep an even texture (high pass), and add dimension (dodge & burn). In the end, I’ve created something beautiful, even with my limitations.
So what’s holding you back from creating the way you want to?