Bound III by SaintFox ()
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And here is the last part of the little "Bound" series, again with the same light, character, hair and props. This was pretty challenging as I found that even if you have a set of 30 different poses - as soon as you want to use a specific camera setting and only want to have a part of the figure in the scene there are only few left that fit your needs. But in the end I had the desired front-, rear- and back view.
About the light: Mike, I heard you and constructive critique is very welcome to me as it helps me finding new ideas and enhancing my images. When I started this series my major challenge was to avoid the typical temptation that 3d-apps offer us: To show everything at once. You know: The whole figure, the hair and props and all the clothes, maybe a mirror to show the backside as well and everything bathed in light so that nothing is hidden in the shadow.
When I began to (re)explore works by old masters I found that a major part of their "trick" was to avoid this. Many things are hidden in the shadow or covered. by doing this the beholder is manipulated to see the focus the artist wants himt to see and most of all to linger over the artwork and look closer.
I wanted to have a different focus in each of the images and the only way to show more hair would have been a brighter haircolor - as long as I want to have the face in the shadows. But blonde hair with dark skin and an undone face? I didn't want to use makeup here as I desired a timeless look. And so dyed made no sense at all.
A fourth lightsource to highlight the hair? Contraproductive here as it would light the face as well and most of all destroy the natural feel of the given lightset.
And yes, it was tempting to add one more light as for instance here the rope is wrapped around her neck but almost invisible...
Maybe I made you think about classic paintings... maybe you come to the same conclusion that this "showing it all" style is something that is typical for comissioned work when it comes to the old masters. Everything is shown in most of these portraits and paintings: All the laces and buttons, the hairdress and the precious clothes and jewels - in other words: Look what I posess!
Often these commisioned works look very different from those the painters done for their own pleasure.
Technical: This was done exactly like the first two images. The different impression of the light was achieved by rotating the camera (not the figure!). Few postwork on the hair and of course to add the background.
Image Comments (17)
Raindroptheelf () Online Now! 7:00PM | Thu, 10 September 2009
this looks fantastic and I do agree with you in what you are saying reg. light. LOVE this Image and I think this * number 3 * is my fav.
jartz () 7:03PM | Thu, 10 September 2009
Interesting concept. Captivating image. I enjoy your lighting techniques and your characters complements them. Thank you for sharing your work.
gypsyangel () 7:06PM | Thu, 10 September 2009
Breathtaking image---shadows provide so much more than people give them credit for---they can become one of the characters in the painting itself---before porn turned into the billion dollar business it is today, shadows were suggestive, provocative and very sensual and still can be in the hands of an artist. Amazing work, Meike...absolutely stunning...
mikeerson () 7:35PM | Thu, 10 September 2009
If I said this was beautiful, I might get heckled because her face looks like the Octomom - LOL... but, Her body doesn't... that's for sure - LOL
lwperkins () 9:57PM | Fri, 11 September 2009
This one needs to be seen large to appreciate those delicate tattoos-- and it's a very elegant, if uncomfortable pose (I don't even wear necked sweaters, myself!)
Zazou () 10:22AM | Sun, 13 September 2009
Yes ! This is what we call Art. Light and shadows, colors and emotions. And you captured this all so well. Bravo !
Fredy () 5:15AM | Sat, 19 September 2009
The "wow"-factor on this series is incredible high! For me you are always doing your finest artwork in your different series and this series is no excepetion. One of your best in my eyes! Bravo.