Illustrative Composites for Surreal Worlds

Sometimes to properly present and advertise a product, the shot is impossible to get so I’ll create illustrative

composites – multiple images combined into one impossible-to-create image. These composites are surreal worlds that don’t really exist. They can be comical or serious, but they’re always eye-catching.

 

It’s a complex process. First the idea is mapped out, then a series of photographs are created of each part of the final image, then those parts are painstakingly blended together into one final image. The lighting, angles, color temperature, everything has to match when photographing the smaller parts so that the final composite looks believable.

 

In this fun example, the background, flag, fire, even me on the motorcycle were all photographed separately. Even the background is a series of images. When blending all the parts together, shadows and toning are painted in by hand to give the image depth and reality.

 

Using this technique, I can combine crazy action (like standing on a moving motorcycle) with the clean, crisp commercial studio lighting needed to make your product pop, and get it all in an unreal world. The results are eye-grabbing illustrations, some of which were created by combining 30-50 separate images.

Video showing how it was made.

Magazine Work

This image was created for a magazine article promoting an event in Las Vegas. I wanted to capture the feel of Vegas for this image that would go across two pages.

 

The animation below it shows the various parts and how it all comes together.

Video showing how it was made.

Composites for Bands

I use this technique a lot for bands. We always need impactful  images for album covers, posters, and visual pieces for banners and social media. I'll often shoot the parts separately, then digitally build the final image afterwards.

Video showing how it was made.

Video showing how it was made.

Video showing how it was made.

Video showing how it was made.

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