more on inspiration (not "moron inspiration")

Steve Specht here...
I posted something similar a few months ago; but I think it is worth reposting some new images and showing how raw images serve as initial inspiration for some of my pieces (because the MOST common question of me is "Where do you get the ideas for your pieces?"). Here are a couple of images that I got from a vintage French story book. They both inspire me in an "invasion" kind of way. Of course the window in one of the images will most likely be replaced by some spacescape. The lighting is awesome and it provides me with a nice 3-D illusion. The one with the woman walking the dog is quite thought-provoking as it is, methinks. I've illustrated here how just adding a circular element (it's technically two related elements) with stark color contrast can enhance the "collaged" image immediately. I will probably be working on these images over the next couple weeks-- exploring images and experimenting with placements. I will try to post intermediate images in the progress (but I can never guarantee that "documentation Steve" will be at the side of "creative Steve"-- perhaps fodder for another post). Enjoy!


Jo Murray said...

I can see where you're going with this Steve... it's great to be a party to your thought processes. Of course it is not you alone who becomes so absorbed in the work that the camera remains idle. Left brain/right brain switching sometimes is a little slow.

Monkeybrain said...

Yeah, sometimes in the "heat of the moment" of creating, I try a bunch of stuff and then finally get things tacked down, only to think in retrospect, "shoot, it would have been nice to photograph some of the intermediates". The good news is... sometimes I do get the shots of the intermediates. So that's cool. ANd I am creating a powerpoint presentation with a bunch of them to show in some upcoming workshop someday. As always, thanks for your interest!

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