Monday, August 5, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby

A series of blog entries in which I discuss the process I am using to create an over-sized portrait

The Modified Image Based on the Original Still Shot From the Motion Picture

I played with the original still photo as shown in the blog entry, Monday, July 29, 2013, choosing a vertical format that included DiCaprio’s right eye, nose and mouth. Next I put that image into Adobe Photoshop and manipulated the exposure, contrast and color to arrive at an image with colors reminiscent of the Post Impressionist era. I have squared this image into six pieces. Each piece will be enlarged to 30 by 30 inches to make a painting that will be 5 feet wide by 7 and ½ feet high. I have also paired each piece with one other piece and squared each piece to form a grid 4 squares by 4 squares.

I have squared each 30-inch panel with 4 rows of 4 squares, each 7.5 inches. I have also sketched Leo’s right eye and eyebrow into the first square and begun painting. In the next blog entry I will discuss the technique used to paint this first square and the method through which I will match colors to the 5 other squares in the over-sized portrait.


Will said...

But you also flipped the image, which you don't explain. Is the idea that the viewer never sees the "real" Jay Gatsby, only a kind of one or two remove image of him, the kind of image Gatsby wants us to see?

This is an intriguing process.

Dr. John Bittinger Klomp said...

We could get into all kinds of theory on removal, the eye of the viewer versus the artist's eye, image reversal, and meaning, Will. And you are correct - that is the way a person educated in the arts and literature will probably read "Gatsby." However, I enlarged a small portion of the original image, reversed it, and altered the colors in order to remove it as far from the original photograph as possible.