Venice Beach

A couple weeks ago, I went to Venice Beach to take over 1,000 photographs, hoping for some nice gems to create silhouettes from. The one nice thing about silhouettes is that you can create them from ANY situation at ANY place. So, whether it is a amusement park, beach, wedding, or family reunion, I always make sure I have my camera in my pocket so that I can always be ready for the next great shot. Yes, I did say pocket. Fortunately, image "quality" is not important for the shots needed when doing silhouettes. As an illustrator, you simply need the photograph of the person or object to be able to draw from.

Here are a few silhouettes created from my trip to the infamous Venice Beach.

This first one is a woman who was doing a variety of different yoga / stretching poses. This image is also the first time that I actually colored in clothing to give the image a different look and feel versus the usual black silhouette.

Next is a couple of young guys playing volleyball. I probably took about 10 to 20 pictures of them, and these were the poses that I liked the most.

Next, these two girls were walking along the boardwalk. So, click! And instant silhouette!

Outside of doing silhouettes, I also continue to explore learning the art of creating 3D objects. I took a picture of a slide and created this 3D object.

The joy of being an illustrator (and I'm sure the same is for a photographer) is that you are constantly improving your craft. Every week that goes by, my ability to do different things gets better and better. It is a fun adventure!

Photo credits: John Takai.

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September 21, 2010


Good job!, your illustrations are really nice, expecially the third (I agree with Mani) ;)

September 16, 2010


Mvogel! Your Rhino is awesome! Great job!

September 16, 2010


great illustrations!

September 15, 2010


These are nice! I like the third one most! ;)

September 15, 2010


Awesome pictures. Reading your blog posts has inspired me to start using my photos for silhouettes as well and now I have 1 accepted and 1 in the queue. It has really changed my perspective of what to take pictures of. I can use my iphone to capture images on the go and use those images to make illustrations.

September 15, 2010


LOL! Hey JV! No, afraid I'm not much of a beach bum, so no muscles being flexed besides my finger taking an abundance of photos. Ha! I must say, it was a warm sunny day, so it really was the perfect day for being at the beach and doing some people watching. I spent 4 hours there (10 am to 2pm), so I was even able to get back to my home in Long Beach before traffic started! Ha! :)

September 15, 2010


Hey John

You know I always had this idea in my mind of black and white all the time when it came to this type of work. I enjoy what you have created and think I just might give it a in my talent as I may be ;). Opened a new door for many of us I am sure. Thanks!

Hey did you flex any muscle while there?


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