Title: Cranium Volito in Black. As well as adding a gothic patina, the word black serves to reflect the lack of color, and differentiate from the color version, Cranium Volito.
This has the same base image as Cranium Impedimentum (Paekakariki Hill Road in New Zealand), and if you’re curious about about the technical aspects of creating the shadow from scratch, I went into that in my post on the color version.
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Title: Three Roads Diverged, a play on the first line of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken, “two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”
This was the end of a phase in which I got more and more enamored of super-light pastel colors, and pushing how little contrast I could get away with in my art. I’ve since swung back more to the center, particularly with respect to contrast, but have yet to shake the love of pastel tones.
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Title: Cambodian Blue.
This is take number two on this idea. The first was a different base image, different part of the temple, and different skull. Same color scheme, though.
I spend ages composing and polishing it, then realized it was just wrong. Weird composition, unfortunate lighting with a lot of shadow on one side, and the blue skull looked out of place.
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Title: Introlevity, a combination of ‘introspection’ and ‘levity’. ‘Levity’ obviously because the skull is hovering, and ‘introspection’ because it seems to have a pensive and thoughtful look about it (insofar as it’s possible for skulls to look thoughtful).
The colors were the easiest thing to get to a point I was happy with. The contrast and tone were far more tricky because although it looks like a simple scene, there are a lot of shapes and busyness in the clouds.
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The photo was taken in the Catacombs of Paris, and actually includes three other skulls. I isolated this one because its form fascinates me, even if it’s rather sinister. Though I think the pretty colors ameliorate that to some degree.
The blurring towards the top of the skull was the result of some serendipitous experimentation. During editing I couldn’t get it to look quite right, but when I tried that blurring effect everything clicked. Nice when things like that happen—I was getting quite close to abandoning the project.
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Title: Christmas. Quite a wry appellation here, solely in reference to the image’s colors. They’re loosely Christmasy, but I more just found it amusing to call such a horrifying picture Christmas.
The underlying centipede photo was taken at a museum if I recall. Likely the skull too, though I’m struggling to pinpoint the location.
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Title: Sunshine. This title is a bit surreal now, and relates more directly to an earlier edit of this picture. The image changed a lot over time; I made a new version whenever there was a major shift in my style.
“Sunshine” occurred to me when the skull was yellower previously. But I decided to keep it even if now it seems a bit odd—I like curious juxtapositions like that.
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Title: Black Sunshine. See the color version, Sunshine, for title explanation.
As my taste evolved, my skulls went from plain Gothic and dark to as jovial and quirky as I could make them be.
Not for joviality and quirkiness per se, but that was the net effect of aiming to present clashing moods and themes.
Continue reading “Skull on Striped Pole – Black and White”
Title: Man Vs Shark.
To each side of the skull is half a shark jawbone. They come from a strange looking creature called the Port Jackson shark (here’s the Wikipedia entry).
Their form is really interesting (the bones that is, though the animal itself is too), and the perfect subject for a high contrast still life.
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There are two versions of this, the second, Godseye 2, being in black and white. This is one of those fairly rare images that work both with and without color.
But as is usually the case, it wasn’t just a matter of color desaturation. The contrast had to be increased to look right in the black and white version, too.
I wrote about the difficulty of the tilt-shift effect in my post about Godseye 2, so I won’t repeat that here. Suffice to say it was rather involved.
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