Posts made in October, 2015


Making of Shakur

Making of Shakur


Posted By on Oct 15, 2015

Shakur

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“I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself,
“Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?”
I’m tired of bein’ poor and even worse I’m black.
My stomach hurts, so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch.”

 

I always wanted to make a portrait of him, his music is inspiring, it has the substance that every piece should have.

 

The hardest thing to do was make it look alike, and first I had to find a reference photo, unfortunately, Pac has very few good quality photographs, and those that are, are overused.

 

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This portrait made it for me, in the way his eyes look, the have his very essence but is not the typical Thug Life look he’s always portrayed with.

 

The real struggle begins with the details, since this image is extremely jagged by compression most of the eye detail had to be artistically recreated, and to be fair, that’s a real hard task on itself.

 

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The color palette was a big deal to me, I have never painted dark skin in watercolors, so my usual palette would be of any help, however I always liked blue hues on the skin tones, so I decided to go in that direction.

Added to the toned down Ultramarine Blue there’s Earth tones of Burnt Umber

 

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Once I was finished with the watercolors I went ahead with Prismacolor Pencils, This allowed me to further add detail and color tonalities in the small and big spaces respectively.

I’m not an expert on prismacolors, in fact, I find them really difficult to work with and get smooth blends, but in this case the paper and pencils pick a great texture that I really like.

Hope You guys find this useful, I got caught up in the process of painting that I forgot to take progress pictures, but I promise I’ll do so, in the future!

 

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Finding Art Identity

Finding Art Identity


Posted By on Oct 13, 2015

 

A few days ago I started questioning myself, about the path I chose as a photographer, specifically the style, form and method of my art; questions regarding monetizing and selling.

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It is true that I deeply enjoy taking pictures and creating awesome things, but it’s still in my mind the question of how to sell Art, and making it sustain itself.

As an engineer I am well aware that projects happen or not depending of one major factor; Money.
more accurately, funding.

Even if a piece of technology could solve global warming it will never happen without funding, and to get funding you need  Cost of investment and sales return of investment. not a very bright epiphany but that’s probably 80% of the information I’m asked for when I’m developing a new project.

“how will the company make money out of it?, what’s the cost/benefit?”

Well, so far I’ve been able to create good Art pieces without a big budget, but in order to continue creating I definitely need to find a way for my Art to sustain itself.

First thoughts after this, were of deep self-doubt, about the things I’m doing wrong, not enough marketing, not enough exposure, not enough Public Relations, not enough time, not enough commitment… until it boiled down to, not good enough art.

Which is hard, it really is, to think about yourself like that… I needed to solve this, I needed to find a way to sell my art: I started to look out for “Successful Photographers” and I found some great great ones, doing very basic but beautiful photography.

tsellablehat was it, that was what I was doing wrong, I thought to myself, my art was too complicated, it was in the wrong format, it took too much to create, I needed more volume! which reflected into more exposure, and then into making a brand out of it.

I was on the “wrong path to success”. I had made a mistake, I should have taken my photography into another direction… and this meant that all of my foundation was now trembling, many years wasted…

but then, as sudden as I realized all of this It come to my attention that this path I’m currently in, altough not easy, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s wrong, or that it doesn’t lead to success… what is success anyway?,

I remembered how much I enjoy the things that I do, no matter how little money I make out of it and the fact that I found a popular way to success doesn’t mean its the only one, I must find other photographers that are in the same trend as I am and grow with them, because at the very least, the path that we are in it’s less crowded.

 

 

Ivan Beoulve, Fine Art Photographer that fiddles with Surrealism, dances with Aesthethics and overthinks stuff so he writes them down as rants.
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