I had an idea for that shoot for a while now bouncing in my had.
Actually I think it was way too long lying in my drawer with the rest of my sketches…

A few months ago I had a chance to meet Marta Gut amazing model, great person and a true professional in all aspects.
I explained to her what I had on my mind – that is the moment when even your rough sketches are handy to have by – and she politely agreed to pose for me.

I literally had few minutes to shoot her on black BG – and believe or not I took only 4 frames!

This project was one of very few when I had to shoot the talent before I really had time to work out what is going to happen on the final image.
Usually when I am working with composites like this – I am photographing the model with ready-made backgrounds. This time because of the sequence I needed to work backwords. So…

…here almost straight from  the camera shot of Marta on black…

The next thing was to quickly paint the concept in colour – and that was the moment were Bartek Repetowski a great concept designer and graphic artist – came up with the concept of the monstrous colossus.
With that speedpainted concept I started to work on the textures and the actual figure of the monster and how it could be mixed with the Marta’s image.

Everything that is on the final image was painted by me in Photoshop – it took a great deal of time. Here you can see the mask of it:

When the figure was ready I moved to the fur where I referred to gorillas – one quick trip with your camera to the zoo and you are full of reference points how to paint the texture.

Here is the final figure of the Beast:

Great Photographer and one of my mentors Drew Gardner told me to always use
your resourser, and engage as many people as you need to make things happen – never be afraid to ask and listen to the critics!

At this point I contacted Daniel Zagorski – fantastic polish artist with extraordinary experience and a critics point of view on the concept.
What he told me was – try to keep things simple – the old and simple schemes are clear and known by everyone –  therefore sometimes more
striking than a overcooked complicated “meal”

From there was just one more step to finish things in PS and here you have the final image:


Original size  8000pix on the long edge…

Hope you enjoyed!

Stay tuned … more to come!


  1. Gary Greenahm
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 09:26 | Permalink | Reply

    NIce work my friend

  2. Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Cheers Gary!

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