“Draw me like one of your french girls”
Just imagine yourself walking through the Musée d’Orsay or the Louvre , soaking in the artwork of inspiring artists before our time. You notice the sensual feeling of boudoir coming across in much of the art. You wonder if you would be able to capture such an appeal in your own work, but not sure where you could possibly start.
Creative Epiphanies Can Hurt
That was me, just a mere 12 years ago wondering if I could ever create something beautiful. I walked around the d’Orsay only dreaming of becoming a great artist. These cards sat with me for the next 9 years before the epiphany hit me upside the head.
These artists all started somewhere.
In the last part of this series “Creating Art Through Her Wardrobe” I showed how clothing your client for a fine art shoot is just as important as the scenery surrounding her. Many question how to create a fine art look in small studio spaces, or even if you lack any studio space at all. I went to my dear friend Victoria’s home, where we had a typical bedroom, a four post bed, and a small window light filling one half of this tiny space.
My inspiration for this set came from Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres “The Odalisque” created 1814. The use of drapery and posing was key for me to connect my client to a work of art. I did not replicate the look, merely drew inspiration for the glance, the curves and the set design.
Hair ties can save shoots
Here i took various pieces of drapery I had lying around. The backdrop is furniture upholstery that I purchased from a local fabric store, draped with a piece of chiffon. I realized I did not have anything to fix them to the post, so I used my hair ties (with my long hair I always have 3-4 on my wrist). Her comforter set was already a perfect fit, but if your clients is not, another piece of tool or other fabric laid over it will do the trick. In other clients homes, I have used a blanket on the floor with two chairs holding the fabric in the background.
I always explain the story I am trying to convey to my clients to help set their mood. With this, I explained the Odalisque and showed her an image of the painting to enhance this understanding. With a small space to shoot, I stepped inside this doorway and shot directly inside the door opening (for this behind the scene look I pulled back a bit). I pointed my flash directly above at the molding to create a soft haze over her and the scene. The window to camera left drapped over the legs and shoulder with just enough left to lightly caress over her nose and lips.
How big can I blow this up now?
The end result was a a beautiful image that I decided to paint in PS, in order to solidify the fine art aesthetic of the piece. I could have kept the image SOOC (straight out of camera) form, but that would have not creating the feeling for me personally of the look I was after.
(Painting and post work is another article coming soon so stick around!)
If you are interested in learning more about The Odalisque click here