Friday, May 24, 2013

"The Guardian" + "The Chief"

Hello again! I took a minor hiatus from my collage work, but now I'm back with two new pieces to add to my Metamorphosis series! Below are the collages, The Guardian and The Chief.
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The Guardian
16in. x 20in. photo collage
Subject : Green Leaf Mantid
Model : Jocelyn

I was quite pleased with how elegant this piece turned out. The Guardian showcases the beautiful balance between a female figure appearing strong as well as delicate. In order to achieve a smooth transition between the insect and the model, I kept the tones and values of each subject as similar as possible while merging the two through their spines. To get a better view of the construction behind the spines, see the detailed shot below:

For the record, creating a tiny rounded-edge using an X-acto blade is not as easy as it may appear. And here is the second collage titled, The Chief below:

The Chief
11in. x 14in. photo collage
Subject : Man Face Beetle
Model : Max

The name of the insect sums it up entirely. I kept the collaging simple without using any "tiling" or excessive layering because I felt the beetle was already visually intriguing on its own. I chose to include the insects limbs and face in the piece because they added a cool graphic element to the collage. In a way, they even resemble tribal tattoos, (an additional detail to go along with the title of the piece). And it's actually in color! This is a great example of when the use of color enhances the piece instead of interfering with it.