Thursday, December 17, 2009

Time Out New York: Terry Gilliam

This week's "Hot Seat" portrait for Time Out New York is director Terry Gilliam!

This one was a lot of fun, mainly because I'm a big fan of Mr. Gilliam, and I enjoyed having a shot at doing a portrait of him. Unfortunately, for whatever reason the deadline on this one was extremely compressed, meaning I basically had less than a day to get this done, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to experiment.

It was tempting to do some sort of crazy background, since Gilliam's reputation (as a director, at least) is one made of arguments with studios, unforseen difficulties in filming, budget overruns, and other chaotic elements.

But I decided to downplay that and go with something more fanciful and dreamlike, since Gilliam's films frequently have that feeling. The guy is so visionary in so many ways I think it leaves many viewers (including me, at times) sort of bewildered. So I liked this background, it felt we were peering into Gilliam's imagination in some way.

This is the third member of Monty Python I've had the good fortune to do a portrait of for TONY, after John Cleese and Michael Palin:
...three down, two to go!

1 comment:

wiec? said...

the Gilliam one is great. not bad for a day's work.