Tuesday, April 14, 2015


 Fine Art Portraits
Fine art portraiture is very interesting to me. As we learned about it in class, I bagan to understand how portraiture is able to bring emphasis to the simple subtlties within people (or animals), and highlight they're uique and beautiful qualities. Within the photographs below, I worked with lighting and shadows to make two very different portraits, that I feel are great representations of fine art. 

Commercial Portraits
Commercial portraits are similar to fine art in some instances, however they convey different feeling, and ideas. The images below are my take on photographs that could be seen on the front page of a magazines rather than in a gallery. I made sure to take photographs that were less edgy, and could apply to a universal variety of things. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Portraiture Pre Work

Fine Art Portraiture 
The images below are some of my favorite examples of fine art portraiture. My interest in these photos stem from their creative nature as well as their stunning composition. I particularly like these images because they use variations in textures and lighting to add character to the people they use as subjects.  The use of tools like poses, hand gestures and skin complexions contribute to shape the way the audience perceives each image and the characters within them. Within both of these works, the viewer is able to make inferences, create ideas and read a unique story told by each photograph. 

Lee Jeffries 
    Eric Lafforgue

I consider the magazine covers below to be successfully composed and well done. I specifically like how they use shapes and background colors that complement the subjected people and clothing in each image. By doing this, each cover is visually appealing and attention grabbing in its own unique way. The way that the foreground and background interact with each other  contributes to make each magazine look enticing sleek. I also like how these covers are able to incorporate art within news and media.

There are many similarities and differences shared between fine art and magazine portraiture. Successful examples of fine are portraits  convey a specific feelings and usually seem as though they would fit in under the lights of an art gallery. Why similar expressions can be found in magazine portraiture, most examples of this incorporate studio based - artificial feelings that lack creativity and character (characteristics that are found within fine art).

Thursday, March 19, 2015


This image is an emulation of the famous painting "Golconda" by René Magritte. I decided to emulate this painting because I saw potential for creativity, and an opportunity to modernize a pice of classic art. I had little reasoning for incorporating umbrellas as the subject for this image, other then that I thought they would leave room for viewer interpretation. The background is a photo  taken above the clouds in central Oregon. I particularly like this image because of both its general aesthetic, and its lack of concrete structure. To me, this photograph fully embodies the concept of surrealism in that it is a portrayal of my inner creativity, and is not restricted by any rules or guidelines.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pre Work


Surrealism is an art form that manages to captivate the essence of human creativity. It is expressed through a wide variety of rule-less and unique pieces that evoke strong feelings and connections. Its unexpired popularity stems from peoples desire to understand and interpret the sub conscious portrayals from artists who are able to use images effectively in this unique style.

Surrealism first made its mark on history in the early 20th century, during which time iconic individuals such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and André breton began to catalyse surrealistic art and display it for mass audiences. Today, they have inspired the thriving following of contemporary surrealistic art, and their influence continues to be shown through the work of thousands. 

Max Ernst

Max Ernst was a German born artist who helped inspire the surrealist movement by attacking traditional art through his unique style of work. Ernst's paintings have helped inspire many over their many decades of existence, and are relevant to this day. Max Ernst Biography

René Magritte
René Magritte is one of the most well known surrealist artists in history. I personally took great interest in his reoccurring theme of human distortion, and the idea that humanity is not defined by its outer appearance. Magritte is most acclaimed for his ability to use imagery to provoke thoughts and ask questions of the viewers