pictures and words by paul mccall

September 2009
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Sunday at the IAC
Filed under: Open Studio Painting
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 12:14 pm

Something different yesterday at the IAC open studio. One pose for the entire three hour session. Our model brought his complete Roman Legionnaire outfit? costume? uniform? Anyway, it’s real, as in real metal, leather etc. so we appreciated him wearing the thing for so long.

Scott Story
was forthoughtful enough to have brought his camera so we got some reference photos in case we want to work further on this or take it into another piece.

I may take this to a full size oil if the time ever presents itself.

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Sweet 16 Party
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 11:35 am

Friday night I drew for a Sweet Sixteen party in Noblesville, IN at a local park. Fortunately we were under a very nice shelter that had electric outlets since it was drizzling rain the entire time and the sun was down by quitting time. Unfortunately my “cunning plan” to solve my photography problems of the last few bookings were defeated by human error, that is, forgetting to turn the flash on to compensate for the encroaching darkness. Couple that with teenagers that, at the best of times, can’t be expected to sit perfectly still for a photograph then you get the increasingly crappy shots you will see below. Ah, well, maybe next weekend I’ll overcome my photographic shortcomings.

The grandparents, who showed wisdom by getting their drawings done early (photo-wise, at least!).

NOT a remake of “The Mask” just a teenager who can’t sit still!

The birthday girl in the tiara, this is where the shots start to go bad.

I run all my bookings shots through Photoshop to get the most accurate look of the drawings to the subjects, using levels and taking out the color in the B&W drawings to sharpen them. In this way I was able to “save” some of these twilight shots.

Then again…

Now it’s full dark and I’m posting these just to punish myself and hopefully learn a lesson. (TURN ON THE FLASH!)

The parents.

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