Monday, 18 February 2013

Androgyny Photoshoot

In this photoshoot, I tried to turn myself into an Androgynous man. I was assisted by Stefania Papayianni, who helped me with the make-up and photos.We tried to place heavy emphasis on the cheekbones, lips and eyebrows. I have noticed that most Androgynous male models have refined cheekbones, thick lips and eyebrows, which give them that feminine, yet ambiguous look. I was inspired by various Androgynous male models including Andrei Pejic, Martin Cohn, and Michael Tintuic. I was also inspired by the series ''I AM MAN'' by artist Amanda Morgan, who used her body as a canvas to portray the male figure. The difference between our work though is that she tried to turn herself into a man, while I tried to turn myself into an Androgynous man, which is more challenging because you have to be masculine while being feminine at the same time. I wanted the viewer to question whether I am male or female. It was one of the most challenging photoshoots I ever undertook and required a lot of trial and error to create that certain mysterious look and expression that androgynous people have. I noticed that only some angles of my face looked androgynous. The reason why I wanted to try out this shoot is because I always had an obssession with ambiguity and genderless beauty, and I wanted to see if I could reflect that interest onto myself.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Portrait of Sol

I wanted to create a painting inspired by one of the photographs I took of my ball jointed doll. I used the photograph mainly as reference and my own vision for the rest. I tried to combine elements of realism while still incorporating the ''doll'' look, giving him a human expression with exaggerated characteristics. His face looks more three dimensional, while his hair is more ''wig like''. My aim was to make the viewer question whether he is real or fake. I am also interested in androgyny, so I also tried to make him look neither too masculine or feminine, something in between. This time I also tried to pay more attention to colour and detail, trying to create contrasting light and dark tones.

    ---> Painting details