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>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – Behind The Scenes Video

Thank you to all of you who purchased our AurumLight 2014 Milk Calendar – MilkyPinups!
It means a lot to us and makes what we do possible.

Unfortunately we have run out of Milky PinUps Calendars as this was only a limited edition we quickly sold out.

But I have some great news for you!
We are currently working on Milky Calendar for 2015 and it will be available for pre-order in a few months.

The new theme will be inspired by the Milky Bamboo Forest Fight that we did some time ago. I thought we should look in that direction.
There is something special about powerful heroines. It is an exciting concept with a lot of creative potential. This will be my personal tribute and milky parody of special characters…

So for AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – we will create universum of >> SPLASH HEROES <<

We will go above and beyond. Experiment with colours of the liquid, shapes, and lighting.
I am sure it will be a great challenge and you will love it too!

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – January

Some time ago we were approached by German TV, PRO Sieben to let them film us during our work. I thought the SPLASH HEROES series will be perfect for it.

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – June

A few weeks later we had the crew of Galileo Show in London and here is their document from the day that was aired earlier this month.

Copyrights AurumLight & ProSieben-Galileo.


That was a great weekend and we have some really cool illustrations. In a couple of weeks we are making the second round and in May we will bring one of our SPLASH HEROES ladies to Frankfurt for our Milk Workshop on 17-18th May.

>> SPLASH HEROES << AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar – December

Please watch this space as there is more to come!

Cheers
Jaroslav
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Australia SPLASH TOUR 2013 – Summary

Hey Everyone!

I don’t know how about you but for us January went like a blast!

Very exciting times ahead and we are thrilled about new up and coming projects.
I Will let you know all about them in the near future…

But first I would like to thank everyone who purchased the AurumLight 2014 Milky Pinup Calendar!
It means a lot and makes what we do possible! We deeply appreciate it.

Cheers for a fantastic end of year!
…and what a finish it was!

We wrapped up 2013 with an Australian Splash Tour and we had a fantastic time!
This time we visited Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Big thanks to our friends at L&P Digital Photographic – who made the tour possible!

Without their great efforts at the other end, the tour would have been a serious mission.

Our participants were given an opportunity to work with high-end gear, and shoot with Phase One IQ260 and full house of Profoto lights!




The last time we shot in Oz, we made quite a mess [images from 2011 Splash Tour], and since our Australian friends were so encouraging I decided to make a proper splash again!
Thanks to understanding owners of the studios from Brisbane – Ross Street Studio, Melbourne – Young St Studios and Phase Studio in Sydney we were able to shot illustrations like this one below.
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Here is Shay as The Milky Demon from a new series that will follow in a short while.

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We also have found a bit of time to relax in Byron Bay which is quite an extraordinary part of the world!

I have a sketchbook that I carry around. When the moment is right I love to sit down and make some visual notes to myself.
And this is the environment where the storyboard for new AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar came about! And the first shoot for that project is already sheduled this month. We are very excited!
I’ve felt like a writer on his winter retreat.


… it was a great time that I shared with my lovely wife. We can’t wait to come back in 2015!

Once again, Thanks to our partners, teammates, models, participants and everyone who made this OZ tour possible.
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And now… AurumLight WORKSHOPS 2014 !
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

To all who are asking for up and coming dates – Yes, we are preparing something special for this year!

We will visit this year:

April 5-6 – London, United Kingdom
May 17-18 – Frankfurt, Germany
May 24-25 – Milan, Italy
July 20-24 – Schloss Hoff, Austria
August DateTBC – Switzerland
and…
USA SPLASH TOUR 2014 in September/October!
We would like to visit both coasts this time and few a cities in between!

If you are interested in any of above events you can register you interest by sending us email with your city of choice to: workshops@aurumlight.com
We will get back to you with the newsletter as soon we will secure the venue and the date.
The booking pages for London and Frankfurt events will go life tomorrow morning.

Cheers
Jaroslav

Milk Calendar 2014 – Coming Soon!

Hey everyone!

Please meet Alice as Miss August, Johanna as Miss September and Patricia as Miss May.
These three Milky Illustrations were made for our upcoming limited edition Milk Calendar 2014.

The Calendar contains recent Milky Pin-up Series and it will premiere during our Milk Workshop in Australia this November 2013!

The Calendar will be available for pre-ordering shortly after and shipping starts in December!

There are still three unpublished Milky Pin-ups and next month you will meet Lilia as Miss October.

I have mentioned in the previous blog post that we are referring to the masters of the Pin-up genre and those into that theme already have spotted pieces by Gil Elvgren:

Many thanks for checking!
Please stay tuned there is more to come.

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


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My best regards
Jaroslav

Milk Workshop in Lucerne, SWITZERLAND 12-13 October 2013

Hey everyone!

I am very pleased to announce this year’s last European edition of the Milk Workshop in Lucerne Switzerland in 12-13 October 2013.
Just before our departure to Australia!

Recently we received a very kind invitation from our friend Pirmin Zimmermann who has just opened his new Atelier in Lucerne and has asked us to run an opening show there.
I am very happy to do that as this will be our First Workshop in Switzerland!

This Premium Milk Workshop has a limited number of spots so if you would like to book your seat please Click Here for the Booking Page!
[ We now have just 9 left! ]

A full agenda can be found on the Workshop Details Page.
You will get chance to make your own liquid illustration exactly the same way we did in our recently awarded Black series:


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It is a full Hands-On 2 day workshop!
Where the first day is open with an overview presentation, covering “know how”, tools, lighting and demo shoot and then later take over by the participants working with a two model. And the second day – all about the post production process!


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It is also very exciting for me as we will shoot in Switzerland the last instalment for the MILKY PIN-UP Calendar 2014 !
We just need a ‘November Girl’ and the calendar will be done and available hopefully the following month!


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P.S. Australia – Thank you to everyone who subscribed to the workshop newsletter! We are in the process of securing the studios in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and I will blog all the details in the next couple weeks.
If you would like to receive an advance notice about the booking the Australian Milk Workshop, please email us at workshops@aurumlight.com and we’ll get back to you when all details are confirmed.

Thank you and hopefully see you there
Jaroslav

You might want to check our previous edition summaries:

MILK WORKSHOP – London 2013 SUMMARY
MILK WORKSHOP – Hollywood 2012 SUMMARY
MILK WORKSHOP – Australia 2011 SUMMARY

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


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My best regards
Jaroslav

AWAKENING – PART III – Make It Happen vs Make It Real

I could do pretty much anything to pull off the concept and make the idea happen.
But at the same time it is really essential to me to make it as real as possible !

As usual it is all about the context.

We are working on-and-off, on the Awakening project for a while now and the whole idea is to make it “big” but on a budget.
At the moment we are scouting for a suitable after-fall / sci-fi looking location… in the London area..

Yeah I know…

Pretty much every single quirky property in London is already signed by one of the local/international agency and in most cases it costs a fortune to hire.
If we will take into consideration that we will need it for at least three days – one pre-light and two shooting days – we could easily look at a minimum £5K just for the place to shoot!

It is obviously a no-go so we have to improvise and find something as close as possible to the initial idea and then build a set within that space to create the look-and-feel we need.

This comparing to the above scenario could be really cost effective. If somehow we could get directly to for example care taker that will let us in for a couple hundred £££, it would be a win-win situation.

My goal would be to build and light the full set in front of a camera as I want to make it “real”!

Physical set gives you a few important elements.
– First of all you, your team, (and client) will have the complete scene to examine and work with. To frame the shots and find the best angles etc.
– Secondly it provides a solid grip for the models. They can interact with the set/props and act in a convincing way. It is especially important when working with inexperienced models, when it could be a real issue to improvise with hypothetical machinery and surrounding.
– Another very important if not the most important detail is the integrity of the whole illustration. When the set and the models character is well build, composed, lit and then photographed at the same time, no one can question your final piece and you will have a cohesive output.

So what is your option if for some reason (money, time, man power) you cannot build an extensive set or hire suitable location?

The answer to this could be a composite.
And you have a few options to approach that but unfortunately none are ideal.

- The most obvious solution is to photograph the “plates” for composites on the day and then separately shoot props, a few different locations and mix it with the actual scene. Then later in complex post production combine all elements into the illustration.

- You could build a bespoke miniature set and photograph that model with proper macro lenses to match the perspective and depth of field and combine that with your “plates”.

- Another way-out is to build the 3D CGI model and then set the digital camera view to match the rendering to your photographs.

All the above scenarios could overcome your initial problems but could easily create a few more in the process.
The most significant is that you would have to fix the frames and composition pretty much in advance. This might be OK for people used to working with a precise brief/storyboard from a client or art director but it leaves a very limited space to improvise with your models on the day.
It is one thing to have a sketch in the hand and another to deal with props and ten models on the day.

But the issue I am talking about here is more philosophical than technical.

It is about justifying the tools for the right work…

To me it feels quite reasonable to use the computer generated imaginary when you are battling a commercial project like Sci-fi photos or a movie about landscapes/machinery/species that never existed, but I don’t feel the same about less action packed motion pictures like dramas and love stories.

Take for example the recent two big Blockbusters – Pacific Rim and on the other side – The Great Gatsby.
I am not naive, after a few years in 3D visualisation market I have a good and clear picture what goes into today’s productions and that both the above movies will use CGI’s to pull off the impossible scenes.
You would expect anything from the first title, but I must say that I was a little surprised and maybe a bit shocked when I saw later how extensive the computer generated imaginary was in The Great Gatsby.

Check the VFX breakdown below:

It is a great piece of hard work of the many people involved, but I can’t help that in this case it’s a little bit of showing off and I must say it drove me away from the main story while watching. Of course it is just my opinion, my wife for example have no problem with that and says it gave this fairy tale look to the footage.

I could still argue, but what would be the point if it worked for many.

The point of these blog post is that your goal as a creator of the illustration or if some prefer “the artwork” should be to make your “art” as true to your viewer as possible.
It is all about the respect to other people, about the extra effort that not many can handle…

We will try to build our set as complex as possible and we will let you know where and why we have drawn the line between real and illusion.

To Be Continued……

Thanks for checking!
Jaroslav

www.AurumLight.com
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AWAKENING – PART II – Building Your Team

AWAKENING – PART I – Finding Your Anchor Point

AWAKENING – PROLOGUE – Seeing beyond the obvious…

AWAKENING – THE PHOTO-QUEST with AurumLight Team

THE MILK – Calendar UK – First Prize and Gold Medal at Prix de la Photographie Paris 2013

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We did it again!
Second year in the row we have been awarded First prize and The Gold Medal in the renowned Photography Competition PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris in category Advertising, for the series The MILK – used in our 2013 limited Black Calendar edition.

In 2012 we were awarded First Prize and Gold Medal for our other Black Calendar from the series THE TRIAL.

THE MILK series and other winning images of this year 2013 Px3 edition, will be exhibited in the Espace Dupon gallery, in Paris, from 10th July.

I am very happy and would like to thank everyone involved – it wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of the whole team!
It is pleasure to working with you.

P.S. If you are interested our up and coming calendar for 2014 will contain a 12 illustrations from our recent series MILKY PINUPS and will be available this autumn. Most likely before our Australia Milky Tour 2013!

All the best!
Jaroslav

www.AurumLight.com

Px3 – The “Prix de la Photographie Paris”, generally described as Europe’s biggest and most prestigious photography competition, strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris.

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MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
Book youplace nowhere: >>>BOOKING PAGE

BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


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My best regards
Jaroslav

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