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New Model – Guianna

29 Sep

I am currently in the process of finishing up some pieces for a juried art show, and my concept involved nudity. It was difficult finding models to pose nude, as is expected, so one night I was at Cafe Bohemia to see some local music and I found her: Guianna Brantley. She has the most beautiful skin, a big gorgeous head of kinky afro hair, and the biggest whitest smile I’ve ever seen. And she was super excited to do the shoot and wanted to get started immediately. So I called up trusty little Blackbird and we arranged a last-minute shoot in an awesome run down old building.

Blackbird did makeup and styled the whole shoot. For the nudes, we didn’t need much styling, but below are some photos with Blackbird’s designs. I had a floor lamp and one modeling lamp. And a diffuser. That’s it. We made use of a really dark, stuffy closet to do all these shots. We were sweating profusely because there was no air conditioning – or air flow at all for that matter, but this place is a photographer’s dream. Any artist’s dream! So many cool old things and places to explore.

Inspiration

23 Jun

Inspiration can come from anywhere. The smell of night blooming jasmine as you’re walking down the street at dusk. A woman leaning pensively over a table, wearing red lipstick and no bra, maybe thinking about a lover or the one-night stand she had last night. Sweat on the brow of a man walking down the street, perturbed perhaps by a dreaded meeting, an unfaithful spouse, or a gambling debt. Watch people and they will tell you their story. I like to use these stories as inspiration for my art.

Facial expressions, color, light, pose. All of these things come together to make a work of art speak, whether it is a photo, a painting, or a sculpture. And if you craft an interesting story with all of these elements, and use your imagination to create a narrative, people will be curious, ask questions, and want more… this is the fabric of creativity. A stream of consciousness revealed, and then blended with our own imagination and then colored and sculpted and blasted onto a wall or a pedestal to either be rejected or loved. Either way I keep making art…

Iphone photos.

News and events…

30 May

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted on this blog, but I have turned over a new blogging leaf, so I will be updating it more frequently. One reason is that I have a lot of exciting events and projects in the works, so there’s a lot to talk about. Please check out my new website at http://www.nikkidevereux.com

First, I have an art show in August, called “Beast of the East”. The show is eastern-themed, and a whole group of amazing artists will be joining me, including Frank Strunk III, Palehorse, Bask, and many others. I am super excited to be involved in a show with so much talent, and I am cooking up some awesome stuff.

The second exciting project that I’ve been working on is called HUMANITY. Basically, my goal with this project is to bring other cultures to my area. I will be traveling to Honduras in August with Nick Hinckley after the “Beast of the East” show, and we will be filming and photographing a documentary on the people of Honduras. The idea is that there are some basic things that make us human; in particular food, art and music. We will be interviewing people and asking them to discuss these things, as well as their family, their hopes and their dreams. Anything that they are passionate about. I will also be taking still portraits of the people and their surroundings. When we return to the United States, we will present the images and video in an art gallery, and the goal is to help people here to find a common ground with people from other countries. We want everyone to see that we are not so different after all, despite the fact that we speak different languages and have a different sort of lifestyle.

The above photo is a clone image. I used a tripod and composited the images in Photoshop. It’s actually a lot easier than one might imagine.