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A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 50: Catching Fire

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” – Auguste Rodin

Last SSP, I went with a chilly ice queen, but for this week (and this project), I thought I should blaze to life with something a bit closer to my mood and my temperature!

In my spare time (which really means while working on homework or during tedious work stuff), I like to watch+kelbymediagroup videos, and have enjoyed learning from techniques demonstrated by some of my favorites like James Schmelzer, Joel Grimes, and Lindsay Adler.  Each offers something a bit different, but it is important when forming your own artistic style to understand the basics as you evolve.

I know what I like to see and how I like to “fire it up”, but it has become equally as important in my mind that it become something I can do at a subconscious level rather than have to learn from trial and error.  Watching these pro’s in action, sharing their knowledge, really sets my creativity on fire; thus, we have this series.

The make-up was actually not too complex, and I think I am in love with the pigments from Concrete Minerals for some true-to-life color from palette to skin.

I actually went a different route and it seemed to pay off.  For this, since I knew I was building up the eyes, I added the false lashes first, then completed the primers and base.  After the lashes were fully dry, I used yellow, orange, red pigments for the eyes – a touch of golden liner along with the black liquid liner, and doubled the red pigment into the brows for the extra pop.

The hair was fun, too.  One of those love/hate styles is to tease and fluff the hair.  It can be a total pain to get it to untangle, but since my hair isn’t quite as long or tangly as say when +Christina Lawrie did this for her spectacular profile image!  So after a bit elevating my hair, I was pretty much camera ready.

Now, the lighting could not have been more simple.  1 diffused beauty dish for softness and one white fill reflector to bounce some light back up and to keep the shadows not too harsh.

After that, I imported it to my catalog, sent it over to PS for some very minimal edits – mostly to skin smoothness, eyes to pop, and texturing the backdrop.

So, without further ado, here is my submission for Week 50 of this project.

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!


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