Friday, May 8, 2009

From The Vault: Capt. Kirk - 1995

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Yesterday's Simon Pegg portrait for Time Out New York was an example of a practical use for an idea I had for an earlier piece, in this case a portrait of William Shatner aka Captain Kirk, which I did way back in 1995, when I was still doing these entirely with cut paper.

I saw this idea in my head, and after cutting out the likeness, I used a flicked toothbrush covered in White-Out (an old trick I learned in art school), to create a cool-looking universe background, all adding up to a piece that one the closest times I came to getting down on paper what I saw in my head at the beginning of the process. I had this piece in my portfolio for a long time, I was so happy with it.

So when it came time to do a Trek-y shot of Simon Pegg, I simply re-used this idea, substituting Pegg for Shatner, and adding a lens flare effect. I love it when a plan comes together!