As all of you know by now, the use of photographs is essential in my work. I used to try and hide that fact because I always believed that 'tracing' over photos was a lesser form of art. Over time though, I learned to embrace my style, not only because it is unique but also because of that fact that I am not alone in its creation. The model in front of the camera is just as vital to making a successful piece of art as I am. To me, that adds a greater sense of humanity to the work and the emotion that I try to express seems more grounded in reality. Although I will always admire artists who create imagery with nothing but their minds eye, I can't help but think that they are missing out on the best part of the creative process - the human element.
Nikki, who is a stock artist here on DA, is a model who's image I have used a few times in the past, such as:
Despite living a great distance away, I believed that she fit well enough into my style that a private photoshoot would be a great oppertunity and inspiration to me. So we did just that and it was successful.
I find it so interesting to meet someone like her, because I already know her face so well and that's exciting to say the least. This was the first time for me, meeting a stock artist (or anyone on DA for that matter) and it was a very good experience.
My recent deviation 'He Chose Me' is the first in what I believe will be a long line of artwork that I create using her image.
...and for those of you who use stock, I have allowed her to upload a few of our images from the photo shoot for you to use if you wish. [now you can see exactly what I typically start with in my work]