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Influences and Inspiration

Below are examples of artwork from the past and present, antique and contemporary, that especially appeal to me. I think it’s important to have influences, and even more important to be aware of what they are.

Above from left to right – Death the Bride by Thomas Cooper Gotch, Memento Mori by Tom Bagshaw. Bagshaw’s halo in the above piece reminds me of details from Paul Delaroche’s paintings dealing with the subject of death. Bagshaw’s work is an example of what painterly effects can be achieved through digital media.


Drained by Lori Earley, The Sleepwalker by Maxmilián Pirner.


Daphne by Hubert von Herkomer, You Don’t Sing to Me Anymore by Caryn Drexl. Caryn is a very talented contemporary photographer who I wished lived near me so I could collaborate with her!


La nuit by Auguste Raynaud, Evening Mood by Bougereau, The Morning Star and the Moon by Carl Schweininger. It’s pretty clear that I am a sucker for floating bodies and gauzy vapor and/or fabric.

Below are some links to some sites that sustain me a bit, especially when it comes to breaking down the process and solving technical issues. Though I have to be careful not to let myself get too sucked into reading about painting and drawing rather than actually doing it.

Underpaintings

Paintings Stuff to Look Like Stuff

Portraits of Painters

DG Oil Painting Techniques

David Kassan

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Never Was-es – Concepting Mishaps

Image heavy with concept photos I’ve taken before I really knew what I needed out of a photograph. These are all born out of ambition, ignorance and the good humor of models(specifically here Mary and Kayla) kind enough to work with me…





I’m clearly taken with the idea of ectoplasm.

Some of the shots from these shoots could have become the basis of an interesting composition except for mistakes and overestimating my own ability to invent. I am not capable, not yet, of figuring out what the eff is going on with with their mouths in some of the pictures. If I had been smart I would have taken pictures of them in the same pose but sans the plastic wrap/cheese cloth/tulle floating out of their mouths.

Some of the angles are awkward as well. I tend to dislike paintings done from the perspective only a camera could capture yet I’ve find myself making that mistake over and over again.

Then add in my lack of interest in using a camera correctly and not understanding what type of lighting I would need to give me enough information to paint from.

I’m sharing these to explain my process a bit but also because I simply find the above photos interesting.

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Sticky Lip Wishes and Vampire Hisses

Concepting photo with Cora Dietz and Elizabeth Tolley MUA

It took me forever to get something edited from the shoot I did with Cora Dietz. Jason helped me with most of the editing with his photoshop skills. I was attempting to concept out some future paintings and Cora was awesome enough to help out. Our friend Elizabeth Tolley did her make up and hair.

Le Fanu's Carmilla painted by Leonor Fini

Above is a painting I found by Leonor Fini of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s lady vampire Carmilla. Bram Stoker is said to be inspired by Le Fanu’s story, so yes, Carmilla is a work older than Dracula. If you are a Vampire Hunter D fan you will probably recognize the name. The villainess in the second movie shares the name.

I honestly am not much of a vampire fan, or at least not of pop culture’s latest incarnation of the vampire. I can’t stand the sight of blood, real or fake. It doesn’t scare me really, but it makes me feel slightly sick and I can’t get the taste of iron out of my mouth when seeing it.

I did enjoy the story of Carmilla though. Atleast from what I’ve read about it and heard in the below linked radio play produced by the horror series Nightfall Have a listen. It’s hosted on my site so you can listen to it on it’s own page or download it.

I won’t bother to describe it except to say that it’s less bloody and more interesting than typical gory vampire fare. I have downloaded the short story to my nook but haven’t read it yet. You can find it online to download here.

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