Tuesday, 26 January 2010
For an article about band chemistry, the brief called for a hand drawing of test tubes in an old school rack with different coloured test tubes indicating each element of the band. I loved the idea, but thought a photo would be more effective, I could just picture it in my head. The only problem was that I didn't have any test tubes. After various emails sent out to friends proved fruitless, I took another trip out to Bygone times in Chorley. After at least an hours search and about to give up, I found a set of bath salts that looked the part. I bought some food colouring, but only used one of them (the bright red), the other colours are washing up liquid. After I designed the labels, I spent a day photographing the result, (and in poor light) - and one of the first pics I took had just the right light - after quite a bit of adjusting in Photoshop.
The result is satisfying and has that bright shiny, colourful scientific look that I imagined.
I would not class myself as a photographer, but I can effectively use photography in my illustrations. What's good is being given the freedom to use whatever method fits the specific brief best.
The brief was for an article about following in the footsteps of blues guitarist Robert Johnson and exploring the myth of him meeting the devil at a crossroads. Seeing just his shadow on a dusty southern crossroads was a challenge, but a brilliant idea by my art directors and suited the mood of the article.
I added the shadow of the devil as it needed something more, and was very pleased with the final result- it just had the right 'feel' to it.