The 80's was a decade of many things -- excess, greed, and big hair, to name a few -- but it was also the heyday for airbrush art. As a teenager in the late 80's, I desperately wanted an airbrush so I could paint my favorite band logos on the back of my jean jacket, and maybe make some money on the side painting t-shirts and license plates. I thought those guys on the boardwalk … [Read more...] about Airbrush art of the 80’s was chrome-tastic!
Art and Photography
It's amazing how the background of a picture can take a photo from meh to magnificent! It's not difficult to achieve some really exciting results using items you can find laying around the house. If you want your subject to really pop out, use a background color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Greedo is green, so an orange sheet of paper certainly makes him … [Read more...] about What’s going on back there? Taking better toy photos
So, there's a theme going on this week -- action figure photography. Taking photos of action figures is one of my favorite hobbies, it's like being a photographer to the stars, without the big budget and celebrity egos. Action figures are just lifeless lumps of plastic, but you might be surprised at how life-like those figures can be with the proper placement of your … [Read more...] about Lights, Camera, Action Figures!
I've been playing with my toys lately, and found this amazingly simple trick to really add some bang to your action figure photography. You only need three things that you probably already have laying around the house: 1. cotton, 2. yellow spray paint, and 3. flashlight. Spray paint the cotton -- don't worry about total coverage -- less is more in this case. Place the … [Read more...] about “Explosive” trick for action figure photography
The other day, I showed you my new lighting setup for taking action figure photos. The lack of a lightbox to diffuse the harsh light was preventing me from getting the shots I really wanted, especially for straight up product shots. A trip to the fabric store solved the problem. I purchased a yard of white nylon fabric, and draped it over some PVC pipes I rigged up to the … [Read more...] about Action figure photography … getting better
I love to take photos of action figures but it's a bit of a headache to set up the light booth and lamps. It's not easy when you have to dismantle your photo booth and lighting setup after every session. I was inspired by Philip's new home photo studio over at Battlegrip, and challenged myself to come up with a semi-permanent setup of my own. Here's an overview of the … [Read more...] about Action Figure Photography — new lighting setup!
At some point today, Mondo will release its latest poster for the H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic, The War of the Worlds. This poster was designed by Paris-based artists, Stan & Vince. I think they nailed it, especially with the variant, which features glow in the dark green ink. The image really captures the feel of giant invaders from outer space, and I appreciate the way it … [Read more...] about “War of the Worlds” movie posters
Despite the seemingly endless flow of art posters out there, I still get excited when a true gem shows up. Lately, those gems all seem to have been created by the hands of Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz). Check out his latest beauty... Grey Matter Art under license from Studiocanal S.A. is proud to present a New Officially Licensed, Limited Edition, Screen Print Poster by … [Read more...] about Terminator poster by Gabz