Here are some the beautiful photographs by the artist Paolo Ventura.
I came across his work today and absolutely fell in love with his pictures. He works in a similar way to many illustrators and painters. That is, he sketches his ideas out first in drawings and watercolors. From there he then gets his models and sets, but his models are not real people. They are instead small dolls and action figures and his backgrounds and sets are constructed miniatures which some people might call maquettes but pushed to more of a finish.
He also tells a very personal story which I really like as well. The mood he creates is quite extraordinary and moving. If a painter could get this kind of emotion and story telling in their work it would be something. I see this kind of thing I'm talking about in many great illustrations of the golden age and sometimes in illustrators and artists of the present time, but not always. I think it is maybe the most important thing, more important than just technique which should just be a given.
I want to tell you all about a book that I love. It's by one of my long time heros Norman Rockwell. Now you might after seeing my weird pictures think, why would I like Rockwell's stuff with all its homespun Americana and old fashioned subject matter?
Well Rockwell really could tell a story and he could really paint well. I mean really well!
I love his pictures and I really have learned so much from his book which I have owned since I've been in High School.
I use his method for creating a story telling picture with some changes here and there in technique and subject matter obviously since I am a completley diffrent artist.
The first thing he says in thebeginning on page 17 is ; "After you have learned how I make pictures, I hope that you will not try to make Rockwell pictures too. That would be a mistake. Each artist must find a method of working which best expresses his own individuality."
Heres the key steps that Rockwell used to creat a storytelling picture:
Step 1 - Getting the idea
Step 2 - getting the models Step 3- getting the props
Step 4 - getting the pose Step 5 - making the preliminary sketch
Step 6 - making the color sketch
Step 7. The finished painting
Heres some links to this book and some others on the same subject of creating storytelling pictures that I find equally interesting and usefull.