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.