Acrylic on Illustration Board
24″ x 36″
A number of years ago I had began to experiment with time lapse photography of my airbrush portraits from start to finish. The first one I had done was shot by a photographer friend in Toronto, Ontario in 2007. I wasn’t able to revisit the concept for being too busy with other work, but it is something I always kept in the back of my mind. This painting of Christina Ricci was a loose piece I setup last year and shot as I painted. It was a great learning experience in controlling lighting and the camera settings so as to avoid excessive post processing and achieving a smooth finished video. The whole goal of this painting wasn’t to have a really tight and photographic painted image, but was instead a practice run for getting acquainted with the hundreds of variables needed to produce a professional looking time lapse video of my painting process. Shooting airbrush artwork is always a challenge as there is such a subtle shift in value as the painting builds. It’s very easy to over or under expose the shots or get unwanted colour cast to the shots. If the end result is just a picture of the finished piece it is fairly easy to spend the time to process the shot. When working with 1000’s of images spread over numerous days it becomes an entirely different challenge with the least amount of post work being the goal so as to maintain integrity of the process.