Wall Art: Stoic

Wall Art: Stoic

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!).

Body Paint:

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.

Lighting:

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.

Budget:

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!).

Photoshop:

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?

Stoic I

Stoic II

Stoic III

 

 

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