Life is About Learning to Dance in the Rain

Julie 4

Andonette, can you make a print in the style of Banksy? The Banksy piece where the kid is dancing in the rain and the man walks with his umbrella. In fact, that’s not Banksy, but an artist called Skurktur so I want to credit the artist for the heavy influence in this piece. It’s not commercial, it was a personal piece. I do love a challenge though!

The subject of the piece wanted to capture a similar kind of tone in her piece, so I considered how I could do this with one subject. In the Skurtkur piece, which in itself is heavily influenced by Banksy, the rain means different things to the two people in it. The man is trying to avoid the rain, disapprovingly, whereas the toddler is experiencing pure joy at experiencing the elements first hand.

In my creation, my subject, Julie is a successful businesswoman. I wanted to create two personas. The first is bogged down by everyday stresses, where the rain represents the stresses and strains. The second is the person who experiences sheer joy at new challenges. the inner child. The figure on the bench looks on disapprovingly at the joyous dancing figure, who seems to have not one care in the world. This piece is about releasing your inner child.

Photographing the subject

For this piece of work, I did’t need high end photos, I needed to capture a pose. So, I stood Julie in front of a white wall and snapped away. Look grumpy, look like you have no cares! This is the second pose, obviously and no, she’s not a triplet. But you know this.

dance in the rain

Stencilling Our Model

The next phase of the design was to create a stencilled effect. The design used varying layers of threshold, for different body sections, such as coat, dress, legs & face. I worked these until I achieved an effect where the whole body looked evenly stencilled. I absolutely love the essence of Julie’s personality captured here.

Julie B 2

Next, I experimented with a few poses before choosing one. You can see them here.

Julie B 3

Keeping up in very much the same style, I used a stock photo of a park bench. Next, I used the sitting shot of Julie and her umbrella, working the images in the same way. As you can see, a stern Julie sits convincingly on the bench and not a plastic Ikea chair! Why even leave the room, when you have all this digital power at your fingertips 🙂

Julie 4

All this done, it was time to add in the rain. For the rain, I used paint drips, sourced from stock to get the right effect. I’d love to say I painted them myself, but constraints yo! I did use many many layers, blend modes and masks to get the effect shown. For that reason, I’m not going to apologise that I didn’t throw paint at a wall too and let it drip down!

julie b

The final result of course, is the first image in this post. As always, I wanted to share some insight as to how I created it. Life isn’t about waiting for the sun to shine. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!

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