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Mark Rodriguez (Godriguez)
photographer, animator, designer, illustrator, husband, father, carbon-based life form, the list goes on and on
photographer, animator, designer, illustrator, husband, father, carbon-based life form, the list goes on and on
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some like it hot

if you were unable to make the Heat show last week in tampa at Red Door No. 5 then you have another chance to catch it at Studio 617 in clearwater with an opening reception june 30th

i will again have pieces in this show alongside the amazing work of my Tampa Bay Society of Photographic Artists compadres.

i was upset i was unable to attend the tampa show last week but will for sure be out at this one, so come say hi, enjoy some free wine and Hors d'oeuvres, and maybe go home with a new piece of art for your walls

for more show details click the link below

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bad case of stripes

it is speed edit Friday here at Godriguezart and I have a fun one for you today entitled "bad case of the stripes" which is an homage to the david shannon illustration from the book bad case of the stripes with my daughter belle as the model. it is working on pieces like this with her that i really love doing what i do for the sheer fact that she is so into getting it right and had no problem shooting over and over again until we got the facial expressions correct as well as much of her posturing

setup and shoot

the lighting was simple, a 48" octo with a studio strobe just slightly offset and nearly right above her as i wanted slightly flat, yet even light to match the book's illustration.

after several–many–shots to get her expression correct it was off to photoshoplandia to hand-paint in the stripes as well as adjust her features to give her more of a cartoonish, surreal look

post production

I went in and hand drew all the various colored lines across her face and body and initially had them all as “hue/saturation” adjustment layers but quickly found issue where the colors met that they would effect each other and made a smooth transition between the lines nearly impossible. So instead, I filled each layer with the color of choice and set the blending mode to “overlay” as this blended the color smoothly into the skin and all but ended any weirdness between the seams of the lines

I didn’t have a bow handy for the shot so I drew the bow in illustrator and then brought it into photoshop to give it depth and color. I love bringing hand drawn elements into my work as it further blurs the lines of reality and fantasy and expands the possibilities when creating

finally I did a little push and pull on the overall shape of her head and torso to further add to the cartoonish/illustrative nature of the piece and bring it again closer to the original illustration

final thoughts

I love when I can work with my family in my art pieces as it brings a very personal element to the subject at hand. My wife and daughters have appeared in many of my pieces and I hope that will continue long into the future

as always, if you have any questions about any part of my part of my work feel free to ask, I am always happy to further explain if needed

if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel and that way you will be informed when new ones are released

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVYwzQ3oOfo

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don't be so negative

we are closing in on the end of our current challenge at the art of self portraiture community and would love to see how you interpret negative space

see the link below for details and how to enter

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Self Portrait Challenge: Negative Space

Negative space is the space that surrounds the subject of your image - create a self portrait image with an emphasis on negative space.

Submit your entry via
Google+: Post to the “Challenge Submissions” Category http://goo.gl/VbVTm4
Facebook: Post to the Challenge Event: https://goo.gl/oRAc7G

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments, make a post in the discussion section of our G+ Community, or send a message to us at our Facebook page.

Art of Self Portraiture Community on G+: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook ASP Page: https://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture

You may find these links helpful:
http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/understanding-and-using-negative-space-in-photography
https://photographylife.com/negative-space-in-photography/

Here's a gallery of great self portraits that make effective use of negative space:
https://goo.gl/wbCz7h


OFFICIAL RULES:

Submissions accepted from May 1st - June 30th 2017
Entry must be a self portrait that is your original work and adheres to the theme. Only one entry per person.
The self portrait must be current (captured during the submission timeframe of the challenge), though composite elements of the image do not have to be current.

At the end of the submission period, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will select a group of 5 finalists and announce and feature these artists and their images. From these, one overall winner will be selected. The winner will have their work featured on all of our social media channels and be highlighted in a post on our website.

Please note that moderator judging is subjective (art always is!). Each moderator will cast their vote based on adherence to the theme and rules, as well as their own subjective impressions of the art and aesthetics of entries (such as emotional quality, creativity, overall technical skill required, processing quality, etc). Moderator votes are final and not subject to debate.

ASP Moderators:
+Lotus Carroll
+Mark Rodriguez
+Annie Weibull
+Jason Mayers
+Joanna Koziara
+Kelly Richards
+Nynke B
+Paul Bagley
+Ricardo Williams
+Sam Breach
+Stacy Vitallo
+Stefan Riss
+Tamara Pruessner
+Tom Tran

This image created by ASP Community Moderator Stacy Vitallo.


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If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB
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#selfportrait #photography #art #negativespace #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge

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speed edit friday thursday

just realized today that while i was away friday i neglected to post a new speed edit friday video, but will rectify that situation today

this is an edit for my image "the changeling"

the inspiration for the shot comes from the movie poster for the 1980's movie The Changeling which was an incredibly spooky movie. the original poster was an illustration but i wanted to capture the original creepiness of the drawing in a photo

setup and shoot

first i had to find an old wheelchair and after putting out a search via the social networks i turned to craigslist and low and behold i found one. where i had to go and pick it up from what was a pretty run down trailer park and murdered after answering craigslist ad type headlines were racing through my head through the entire transaction. luckily i left with the wheelchair and my life so that is a good thing

next i needed a wood floor and a long room. my neighbor happened to be in the process of moving so his dining room provided the long wall i needed. since there was carpeting in the room and i wanted a wood floor, i bought a couple boxes of clickable faux wood flooring and was ready for the shoot on the day of the shoot i started to assemble the flooring when i realized i had made a big mistake on the estimation on how much flooring i needed and came up way short. since the flooring store was closed that day and i was so far into the setup already, i decided to shoot the flooring in pieces.

i shot the main parts of the shot with the wheelchair empty and then again with me in it to throw the shadowy figure on the wall. i then moved the wood floor several times and made enough shots that i could piece it together later to have a full floor i then brought everything into photoshop and painstakingly reassembled the floor via the various shots and finished out the other modifications till i had the final shot complete

this was an extremely difficult shot to accomplish mostly due mostly to the logistics of creating the floor and trying to get in and out of the wheelchair without changing it's position since it doesn't have any kind of braking mechanism on it

as always, if you have any questions about any part of my part of my work feel free to ask, I am always happy to further explain if needed

if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel and that way you will be informed when new ones are released

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmEVvEeH-2g&t=3s

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you're nothing but a t-shirt

just set up a storefront through "Merch by Amazon" and was wondering if anyone else has one–and if so–how do you like it?

though i have storefronts for my t-shirt designs on redbubble and Threadless, i figured it couldn't hurt to also do one through Amazon as well

the one thing i really love with the Merch by Amazon is the ability to print on both side of the shirt as i have yet to find an online fulfillment company that provides that option and it has been something i have been really wanting

so far i have had great results using my previous shops, time will tell if this one will join the other two. i only have a couple designs up right now and will have more to add in the near future

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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=w_bl_sl_s_ap_web_7141123011?ie=UTF8&node=7141123011&field-brandtextbin=Godriguezart 

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but first, let me take a selfy

i have heard through the Grapevine+ that it is #worldselfieday / #nationalselfieday so thought i would give it a go...oh and also cause +Isabelle Fortin did it and if she does something, I do it too ;)

i am a bit shy when it comes to getting in front of the camera so go easy on me

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feel the heat, pushing you to decide

the heat will be on tomorrow night in Tampa as the Tampa Bay Society of Photographic Artists and Red Door No. 5 presents "Heat" a photographic art exhibition

sadly, due to previous commitments i cannot attend, but i will have art in this show along with the amazing work of my fellow TBSoPA cohorts

if you are looking for something to do tomorrow night this would be a great event to go and see

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\m/ up the irons! \m/

going to see one of my all-time favorite metal bands Iron Maiden tonight. and as an added bonus, Ghost is opening up so it is going to be a night of amazing metal all around

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justice is lost – speed edit

it is speed edit Friday here at godriguezart and I have a new one queued up for you that I think you will like

I have worked a few times now with model Angejolie belle and we have a pretty good rapport going so when she approaches me with ideas for shots I am pretty much on board and so when she came to me with an idea for a cool lady justice shot I was like “yeah, I got a sword and scales already, let’s do it”

after some discussion we came to the conclusion the shots should be stoic and with a statuesque feel to it, so she brought in HMUA Priscilla Monnique Artistry to work her magic and turn her to stone…and that she did

Lighting/ setup

the lighting for the shot consisted of one +Paul C. Buff, Inc. Alien bee studio strobe in a gridded octobox for the key light and another one low to the ground and placed in a set of barn doors to control the spill.

I bought a new smoke machine last year when they have their big day after Halloween sale at the Spirit Halloween store. Sad thing is have had this wonderful device all this time and had yet to use it so I decided to finally pull it out and give it a go. This smoke machine is extra cool because you can put regular ice in it and it makes the regular fog juice act like dry ice…I love the way it creeps. After the first couple test shots I damn near peed my pants with excitement for what I was seeing on my LCD.

we did a couple of different poses and once I had what I needed to work with it was off to photoshopia for editing

editing

sometimes less is more and sometimes it is best to leave well enough alone, I shall explain.

as you can see in the video, when I first started working on the image I started bringing in background textures, gothic arches, and other artifacts into the piece. Nothing seemed to be working and everything seemed forced so I got rid of everything and scaled back to the original image with just a little extra added smoke for effect…and that was exactly what it needed.

adding extra elements for the sake of just to add them is never a good path to tread and sometimes the best practice is to just keep it simple and let the image speak for itself and that is exactly what I ended up doing

as always, if you have any questions about any part of my part of my work feel free to ask, I am always happy to further explain if needed
if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel and that way you will be informed when new ones are released

…enjoy

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photographer: me – www.godriguezart.com
model/wardobe: Angejolie belle – IG - @angejoliebellemodel
HUMA: Priscilla Monnique artistry – IG - @priscillamonniqueartistry



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pulling your strings, justice is done

i have been in a bit of a creative funk as of late, not sure where it came about from but nonetheless it has been there and as a result i have not been working on any new pieces.

i have always heard the famous chuck close quote "inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work" and while it does have some merit, i actually embrace these periods of barren mental productivity as a way to clear my pallet and load it up with new ideas that i can then act upon.

even though i am not physically creating art during these periods, i am constantly evaluating possibilities for future work as well as brushing up on skills that have either gone dormant or thinking of new ways to apply them to future projects. it is out of these times of introspection that i have emerged with some of my most favorite pieces and therefore i don't fear the dark times because i know the possibilities waiting on the other side

in this day and age of social media, a lot of people are hit with great anxiety as they are made to feel that they have to be producing content on a daily basis and more importantly sharing that content or else people will lose interest in their work. while this may be true for the influencers and people that base their business models off of social media, i personally don't create my art for profit–though i certainly don't mind when i do–i create my art for myself first and foremost and when i am totally happy with it, then i share it with others

with all that said i give you new work fresh out of the funk! this image is from a session i did over two months ago with model Angejolie Belle and HMUA Priscilla Monnique Artistry which i was finally able to get to and edit this week and i will also have a speed edit video for this piece later today

model/wardobe: Angejolie belle – IG - @angejoliebellemodel
HUMA: Priscilla Monnique artistry – IG - @priscillamonniqueartistry

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