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.

*** Workshops ***

MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
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BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


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My best regards
Jaroslav

AurumLight Beauty & Fashion Workshop with OlegTi

That was a great information packed weekend!
We worked in depth to understand and learn how to precisely control your light and make absolutely stunning portraits In-Camera without the need for Photoshop!

If you missed it, don’t worry as we will come back in that format in the future.

These were two separate events aimed to cover different material, focused on working with model and studio lighting.
The quality, direction, distance and power – you might think that these are basics but I assure you it is more important than you would expect.

Starting with simple yet effective, going through the complex, up to the creative and unique setups.
We worked with a hard light trying to avoid cutting corners with a “Big-Softbox-up-high-on-45-deg” scenario.

Most of the photos below were done with just Einsten heads equipped with a standard 8,5″ reflector additionally with ROSCO frosted, conversion or coloured gels.

Combine that with the Mixed Lighting Setup we presented some time ago, here on the blog and you unleash an unlimited creative application in both Beauty & Fashion genres.

Models: Jemma Jade Saare & Jay Jessop

All the best!
Jaroslav

*** Workshops ***

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

Milky PinUps !

Today we have a few illustrations from our recent Workshops in London, Frankfurt and Los Angeles.
We had a great time with photographers from all over the world and now are gearing up for a really fantastic Milky weekend in Italy, produced by Manfrotto and Marco Tortato in Bassano on 8-9 June.

It looks like it will be our last event in Europe in summer 2013 as we are moving on…
I am happy to let you know that we will be visiting for our Milky Workshops AUSTRALIA again in November 2013!

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

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

I hope to see you there!
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This time I thought it will be cool to approach the liquid theme in a more relaxed and funny way.
So we threw some colours into the mix and came up with a personal Milky PinUp parody and tribute to my favourites pinup style artists.

It was a lot of fun to work on these images and I am happy with the results as you never know if the liquid is actually going to work like you want and could you translate any concept into a Liquid scenario…

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Here you can find some of the original paintings that we used as a references.

As you can see most of them were done by Gil Elvgren but there is more cool work from a talented people like Alberto Vargas or Greg Hildebrandt, to name but a few.

And the behind the scenes of the messy part of that game:


BTS photos by Thorsten Roos & Niels Walldorf


Oh, and the setup! Enjoy!

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All together it is a really fun series and a cool change from our usual White on Black illustrations.

And yes, it very much looks like an upcoming 2014 calendar ;-)…

More illustrations can be found on our Website here >>>
And if you missed it last time, here is our BTS video on Lighting for Liquids >>>

Cheers and hope to see you in Oz!
Jaroslav
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Credits:

Photography & Postproduction – Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

Producer: Lan Bui
AurumLight Team: Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz, Ben Prewett, Carl Keane, Misa Garcia, Saul Garcia, Jochen Lauffer, Bjoern Witczak
Support: Jan Kocovski, Niels Walldorf
MakUp & Hair: Marlen Watzl, Jay Jessop, Vanessa Zalamea, Andrea Rangel, Alana Baca
Models: Johanna Valerie Schade, Brooke Nicholes, Ly nna Nielson, Ella Darling, Sascha Aleksander,

www.AurumLight.com

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

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

Brace yourself winter is coming – THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART – BTS Teaser

A few weeks ago we managed to shoot one of my concept shoots which is now in postproduction…
Working on current assignments it will take me a while before I will find time to retouch the final illustrations.

Taking this under consideration, you will see the end piece while we will have a (hopefully) beautiful spring and for a moment I was worried somewhat it is not going to be a relevant…

… but as the great fan of “Game of Thrones” and seeing the 3rd season of the show starting on 31st March I am not worried anymore! Knowing that the theme is similar makes me even a little happy about that.

So brace yourself winter is coming!
But for now I will leave you just with this short Behind The Scenes teaser:

The Girl With The Broken Heart – BTS Teaser:

The concept for the shoot has been ready for a while now, but only recently I felt that this is the right time for it.
I always say that being prepared early and working with excellent team will let you improvise on the day. But location shooting is quite a different game than any studio work and you just can’t predict a lot of things. There are days when the shoot is more like fire fighting to save the day rather than ticking the boxes on your schedule.

Those are the days when a great team and excellent and reliable gear will play an essential part!
More about that in the near future so please watch this space and cheers for watching.

Jaroslav

TGWTBHproject – The AurumLight Team:
Concept & photography – Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Model – Paula Langowska
Hair & MakeUp – Katarzyna Lada
BTS Video/Photo – Rafal Makowski
Location Logistics – Dawid Durniat
Permits: Lukasz Daniewski
Transport: Konrad Mroczynski
Costume desing: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Costume props: Melina Carranza, Jay Jessop, Karen Helle, Ewa Wieczorkiewicz, Aleksanda Wieczorkiewicz
Assistants: Aleksanda Wieczorkiewicz, Agata Ciesielska, Bartek Rozenski, Joanna Wieczorkiewicz, Ben Prewett, Carl Keane, Pawel Laskowski, Przemyslaw Niedzielski

*** Workshops ***

MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
Book your place now, here: >>>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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