I’ve started a new Instagram account that will showcase my photography. Most of the work will be creative, fashion, artistic types of work. Its a process, not just putting up prior and new work, but getting a better handle on the nature of Instagram. You can follow my new account: @thaynephotography or my hashtag: #thayne_art (which, at this time, will have my more creative pieces).
You can still follow me on my regular account, which is @thaynerw. That will be my personal account where I will share not just my personal life, but some photography, digital work and film work.
If you notice areas where I can improve, not only my Instagram account, but also my web page, please feel free to share. Thank you!
I am reworking my site to include, not just film, but other areas such as art, photography and more.
Back in the day, we as art students were taught to focus in an area or two. For some reason, I ended up crossing various creative fields. However, my roots has been drawing and coming up with imaginative creatures and environments.
Due to my education and experience in a variety of areas, it aids me in higher education as a faculty. I can communicate with just about any student within any creative field. In fact, I have taught college for more than a decade. I have taught foundations of art & design, graphic design, concept art, film, creative software and photography.
I work on different independent projects as a Production Designer or an Art Director. But I do a lot more within those titles, such as concept work, graphic art, set design and much more that does not show up on credits. You can see some of my credits on IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3220400
I do a lot of commercial style work in photography. Most of my work has a fashion look to it. I do have a growing portfolio of composite photography, which lends to my strengths in Photoshop. I have been working in photography professionally since 2005.
Art & Design
I mentioned that my roots have been in drawing and in painting. When I first entered college, I entered in as a Fine Art student. That quickly changed when life took a turn and I then became a Graphic Designer. I did return to drawing and painting as an Illustrator focusing on entertainment design; concept art, character development, environments and more.
I currently teach at Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU) mostly as a film instructor. But I have also taught at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, California State University, Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design and Glendale Community College. I have also done events and conventions, like at Adobe near Thanksgiving Point, Utah.
I receive my education at both Art Center College of Design and Ricks College.
Marc Reynolds, a Utah-based photographer of almost 30 years and I collaborated with seven courageous, mature models on a creative shoot: no make-up, no fancy hairstyles, no stylish wardrobe and no fancy Photoshop retouching– just true beauty!
This quarter, I’ve returned to teaching Adobe Photoshop. We are now wrapping up the quarter at BEAU (Broadview University Entertainment Arts).
I’ve taught Photoshop for over a decade now and I’ve been using the software for double that amount of time. But, I remember when I first started teaching in 2000 at Glendale Community College in California. I thought I knew the software, but then when I found out that the majority of my students were either from the animations houses (Disney, Dreamworks, etc) or were other professionals with a lot of experience, I had to step up my game a ton! I made sure that I knew the program and that I integrated art principles even more so than just teaching the application.
I got into mimicking and creating believable faux imagery, such as this license plate. This came in handy, especially for film projects. This plate was printed on foam core, but if you were looking at in your hands, you would believe that it was a weathered plate from Missouri. I also used this concept in photography and other art projects.
Now, I teach the basics of these techniques to college students. The art work above is a basic example for their final project. It is inspired by the works of Mondrian and prints found on the walls of various businesses.
Next quarter, I will teach Advanced Photoshop.
Last quarter, I was asked by BEAU if they could film me for one of their commercials. They were doing various films of each their teachers. I feel more comfortable behind the camera, but I said ok.
Composite photography is a type of digital collage and designed in several different views. This image that I created with the model, Gretchen P. Jensen, was NOT shot at this location. In fact, the background was shot a year or so before the shoot with Gretchen. Sometimes composite photography is planned out prior to the shoot so that everything share the same natural laws. Sometimes, like in this case, this image was started with the shot of Gretchen in pose on a rock at a park. The rest was designed around her.
This image took about 30+ hours to create. I was keeping track, but when you are creating on the fly, things can take a bit longer.
This is my third film with a friend, Rob Diamond. My first being Justin Time, Love Everlasting and Sacred Vow. Learn more about this film by visiting: www.facebook.com/Sacredvowmovie
I made this sculpture from a Barbie-like doll, cardboard, and newspaper mache´. I then gave it multiple coats of paint and texture, so that it would appear to be made out of stone. I always saw the doll’s features in the sculpture and wondered if anyone else did too. When I asked crew and talent about it (after it sat on set for a while), they had all thought it was made of stone. They didn’t even recognize it’s toy features. Great!
The script called for some expensive Champagne. As you know, you cannot use existing labels without permission. So, after doing a little bit of research on the designs of expensive Champagnes, I came up with this design. I used my Grandfather’s name and his image, since it has a ring of exclusiveness. As far as I know, this is the only Italian faux-Champagne in existence.
Here are some room settings with props in place. The current looking portraits sitting on night stands, dresser and shelves, I took of the actors in character. Some of other portraits I received from the actors and those went through some digital effects to make them appear dated and other needed adjustments.
Here are some behind the scene images.
Kristen Hullinger, who plays a mistress on this film, created a behind the scenes video. Please follow her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kristensmusic
I saw this wonderful photograph of a purple wall with a white framed window with green slats. I thought it was pretty cool. Then I thought, why not re-create a similar one in photoshop.
I went through my textures of photographs that I had taken in the past: such as the backside of a tombstone, a piece of wood, and the metal of a roof… some not being the highest quality, I created my own version. I cropped it square for this blog post similar to hers for comparison. It is not meant to be identical, but to demonstrate the inspiration from where it came.
Here are the textures that I used. As you can see, I added colors, textures and so on to achieve the look of a wall and wood frames painted. As well as some regular weathered effects.
The original piece can be found by going to http://www.imagebrief.com/photographers/thayne — this version is uncropped for those interested in using it.
I enjoy creating props that look like they could be real. And I like using digital software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to help me design them. I also like to create them in the traditional or physical ways, but digital gives me a lot of latitude. I could print this card on the correct type of paper and it would look quite authentic. Depending on how close or how long it would be in camera, I may print the stamp separately. But this particular card is a shameless resume plug.
How I Made This Post Card
The very first thing before creating anything is research. Research is a must. I knew that I wanted this post card to look old and so I searched the web for post cards and stamps (I wasn’t wholly true with the stamp, since this post card was meant mainly to advertise myself) of the early 1900’s.
Once discovering the looks of various historical post cards and stamps, then I started with the basic dimensions, edge quality, surface texture of the card. Then I added stains and coloring so that it would look old. I utilize the net as much as possible to simplify the process. This post card uses the paper texture of one document and the coloring & stains of another, along with blending modes and opacity levels in photoshop.
About the stamp, it’s very similar to the process of the post card. I used a previous image that I created of myself. I used the edge quality of an old stamp to begin the process…
Text needs to be handled in the same way as any other element. I typically use blending modes & options, opacity levels, and masks to capture the the paper age and texture.
Interested in Film Art Direction
Besides having knowledge in film, it’s good to have a diverse knowledge in various fields of art and understanding of basic construction. It’s critical in knowing how to draw just about anything, especially architectural drawings. It is without saying, but having a solid grasp of the principles of art and color is critical. These skills come into play from concept design to the finishing elements in set dressing or prop completion.
Though an art education is extremely helpful, more importantly is the continual study and practice. So study Art History, Illustration, Graphic Design, Color Theory, Art Principles, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to build personal knowledge. Understand the basics of typography is very important. And remember, the magic is in the details.