Monday, November 12, 2012

Hats & Masks...

Hello Lovelies~

I hope you are well out there! Things here in Maine are unseasonably warm today, but I am not complaining! (The fewer days I have to put on a big, heavy coat, the happier this woman is, you guys.)

So much to share, as usual! To start, I am working on a new project for a holiday gift that's what I call a Portrait Family Tree. (I've never seen one before, so I want to finish it before I reveal details, but it should be amazing.) Meanwhile, I'll share these candids. Between past shoots and STAG, I have a lot of fun things in my studio and when kids come, they usually want to play with them. Well, I let one of my subjects do what she wanted, and she is such a ham. So fun. Check these shots out:

Many of you know that I do crazy, over-the-top conceptual projects. But I also do normal commissions like family portraits and head shots! I recently shot this attractive couple for a new business venture they're trying out! Aren't they good looking? I wish them nothing by success and I hope these shots help them a bit.

So, I am going to share some amazing things I've found recently. To start, are you familiar with J.C. Leyendecker's work? I'm sure you are. He was a famous illustrator around the turn of the century up into the 1940's. He did a ton of commercial work, including Saturday Evening Post covers and ads for Arrow dress shirts. His style was classic and a bit of a twist on Normal Rockwell's aesthetic, or subject matter, with a more dated, less realistic execution style. The reason I love him, is the way he had of capturing both proud faces and youthful beauty and innocence (two things I try to capture in my work). Take a look at some of his work (that Easter baby in the cage is especially dear):

What else? Oh! I found a wonderful design/illustration studio recently that I wanted to pass along: The Motel. That's right, their studio is named The Motel. Amazing. The illustration styles they use completely run the gamut, as you can see from the below. But all of the styles are edgy and clean and sort of playful and I love them. Especially the middle one with the orange and yellow, that one's called Global Warming.

And let me wrap up with a book recommendation! I recently found a great, illustrated science book called The Where, The Why and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science. A long title that in effect, means science that is illustrated by some amazing artists by Chronicle Books, so that makes it even better. Ha! Check it out:

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

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