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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.

S.L.A.M. January 2010 issue

16 Jan

I finally got my copy of SLAM Magazine! It’s crazy, almost the entire issue is filled with my articles and photos, plus they named me Artist of the Month! Below are some pages from the magazine, but if you want to get a better look go to http://artslammagazine.com/?page_id=24 and click on the January 2010 issue. I did a story about the Genitorturers with an interview with Gen X, as well as a story about fashion designer Raven Reda and a fashion spread in the centerfold to go with it. The cover photo is one of mine from the Genitorturers show at The Ritz in Ybor City, and then I did a quick shoot with Gen before they went on stage, so that’s included with the article.

Aside from that I’ve been really busy planning the fashion and art portion of this upcoming event, Integrity in the Arts, which is to take place on January 30th at Gasoline Alley. Pretty exciting! I’m working on that project with fashion designer Joanna Coblentz, who I also did a fashion shoot with a couple weeks ago. Photos from that shoot coming soon! They will be in the March issue of SLAM Magazine.

We shot Joanna’s steam punk designs with 7 models and a whole army of makeup artists and hair stylists, and the location was Queen’s Head Bar on Central Ave and 25th St. in St. Pete. It’s such a beautiful place with truly extraordinary decor. The owner is super nice and welcoming, so even though we had a bunch of half-naked chicks in the bar alongside all of his customers he didn’t blink an eye. I even asked him at one point if he was okay with it and he just gave me this big grin and said “OF COURSE!” I think he was having just as much fun watching as we were having shooting! His name is Paul… definitely check out his place. The food is incredible and they have a nice wine list too. I’m giving him copies of all the photos and he’s going to frame them and hang them on the walls, so he’s just as excited as everyone else involved. SWEET!

Band Shoots

3 Jan

I’m working with a record label called Jyme Records, and I just photographed two of their musicians… Esky, a hip hop artist whose music can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/eskyrocks, and then Drive Like June, whose music can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/jyme.

The first time I saw both was at Dunedin Brewery’s open mic night. There were tons of people there, everyone was really supportive of all the artists. And there were some truly talented artists with such a wide range of styles! It was a great scene, good vibes, all that jazz.

Esky is really awesome to see live… he has a great stage presence and he plays the guitar while he freestyles. I’ve just never seen anyone do that, but he does it well. And then Drive Like June are these two hot dudes with instruments. When they got up on stage all the girls fainted and there was a massive sigh heaved collectively. The vocalist has this really beautiful voice that’s quite alluring.

So anyway, here are some photographs from the shoots. Both were shot on a grey day that yielded a quite lovely sunset. We shot in Clearwater on Jones Street and then went out to the pier on Clearwater Beach. Best 50 cents I’ve spent all year…

I used Nikon Creative Lighting… for the shots with Esky, SB600 was camera left and I pulled a Joe McNally style hold the SB900 over my head and pointed down at Esky’s face. For Drive Like June, I used the SB600 camera left and just had the SB900 on camera.

Drive Like June

Esky

New Ad

27 Dec

Here is the 1/4 page ad I designed for print.

Raven Reda shoot

21 Dec

A few weeks ago I did a fashion spread with a designer named Raven Reda and 3 models…. Mai Dang, Johnny Munster, and Becca Schaefer. Raven and Johnny Munster did hair and makeup. I used my fog machine and fake snow. Marcus was my assistant. We shot from 2pm until almost 10pm! We were all so tired, but it was an incredible shoot.

We shot on the rooftop of The Sanctuary Lofts in Ybor City. Two strobes camera right and a reflector for fill camera left.

The shoot was for the January issue of S.L.A.M. Magazine. I will post the tear sheets as soon as the magazine is out in print.

Here are some images from the shoot… it’s snowing in Florida!