I was looking for inspiration online when I came across the work of an amazing artist on DeviantArt. Jarek Kubicki is a photographer and digital artist, and to me his most striking works were the ones that bridges the gap between photo and painting. On his profile page he had dozens of examples where he had begun with a photo, but with dripping paint and beautiful brush strokes he had transformed the photographs into the realm of the surreal painting. The images were often dark and beautiful, imprecise but full of emotion.
For ages I had his image sitting in my inspiration folder, wondering if I could replicate the effect myself (still on my to do list for learning). Finally, one day I wrote him a note and asked if he'd be interested in collaborating on a creative project. I would direct and shoot the fashion images, he would do the creative post-processing, and they would run in Zink Magazine. Thankfully he responded to my email within less than an hour saying he was interested! The images are currently out in the June issue of Zink, and I LOVE what he did with the images! Together we took our strengths and helped bring the imagery to the next level.
In this blog post I have included the final images as well as Kubicki's before-after slide show so you can see the process from original image to final painterly effect. Also you can find a behind the scenes video of the process. This was a three light setup- a beauty dish and two small silver reflector dishes, all on a seamless background. I kept the photographic elements of the shoot clean and simple so it would be easier for him to work with in post if he needed to modify the light, background, textures or other elements of the scene. This image and process will be covered in my next book which will be out in Oct 2013!
Special thanks to my creative team!
Styling: LSC for 4Season Style Management
Hair and Makeup: Griselle Rosario
Manicurist: Angel Williams for DeFacto
Model: Lydia from Women-Direct
BTS Video: David Geffin
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