Each year, Swanson Studio has their 20/2 show—20 experimental photos in two months. This year, they wanted to work a bit with illustration. I was really happy to have been contacted for this little experiment.
Unfortunately, deadline was really tight for this. Right after a photo shoot, they sent me a couple photos of puppeteer Geahk Burchill, asked which one I’d like to work with. I chose this one.
They gave a quick retouch to it, added a lot of mood and atmosphere. The hi-res file I got to work with looked like this.
The final print was to be included in a small book at 10″ x 20″, which means the photo needed to be extended. Luckily, the photo trailed off into darkness, which provided a lot of mood to work with. Here’s the pic with the illustration I added.
I sent it back to Swanson for a last bit of retouching, as well as extending certain parts of the photo. Here’s the final result.
I’m pretty happy with it. I’m actually kinda amazed to have a result I’m happy with, given such a tight deadline. (It was done in, like, a week and a half. And during that time, my regular design gig life was hectic as well.)
So they did a large final print for their show. Here’s a pic they sent as they were hanging up the piece. Rock rock!
Thanks to Sean for taking the photo and working with me on it. And Katie for being awesome!