Welcome To Bliss

August 25, 2012  •  2 Comments
I recently had the opportunity to work with Liz Agin by recreating several photos from panels in her soon to be released comic book. I'll let her explain the story plot.

Do you want to escape from this hell? This…this REALity? <laugh> Well you’re nothing special, …don’t we all. But if you want to escape, you have to lose your sanity….& then you’ll come to BLISS”.
 
BLISS is the latest comic world created by Phoenix Agin Art… a rare gem among the nouveau comic world, Phoenix boasts a unique style of visual storytelling. Amidst the monochromatic and super saturated color styles Phoenix is famous for, she sets up an unparalleled inter-dimensional war within BLISS.  The two main characters are ironically—one and the same. Lisa, our poorly (re)assembled heroine is destined to save us all….while her alter-self is destined to destroy it. 
This project has been one of my larger scale shoots by far. Not only was there the usual location scouting and planning ahead, but there was a script to interpret, interpret it in a way that both creatives can agree on, and about two hours of makeup. Scar putty being applied to Liz Agin
In the comic, Lisa is torn apart on her trip to Bliss, then reassembled in a makeshift Frankenstein kind of way. To make this effect we used theatrical scar putty and built it up into a long gash type scar, then painted in the gash and painted in the stitching across and down the length of the gash.  After the scar putty was put on Liz, the stitches had to be painted in
Once we got out to the field (second location for the day) I drew some makeshift stitches around her. I later used these drawn in stitches in photoshop to clone the stitches on her cheeks and wrap it along the lines I drew in. After blending in the flesh tones of the stitches, I then slightly changed the flesh tones of each patch to give it that slightly more Frankenstein'ish feel. Before and after of photoshopping in stitching scars
JP Zajackowski behind the scenes of a shoot

As for the rest, it was pretty straight forward photography. The scenes in the city, which were shot in Adams Morgan in D.C., were lit by a silver 45" reflector, and the scenes from Bliss were shot in Woodbridge, VA, lit with a single 46" umbrella.

 

Liz will be using these photos to put together a large banner at her table in a Comic Con in Baltimore later next month.

Liz's Comic will be available September 2012 (that's right around the corner)

Escape REALity and enter ...  BLISS

 

To see the whole set, click here


Comments

2.heidi(non-registered)
amazing new comic story from an amazing new up and coming artist!!
1.Amanda Howard(non-registered)
Liz Agin's 1st issue is so uniquely layed out for a comic book. Page for page and panel for panel you discover something new and amazing. Its almost as though you FEEL the main characters emotions. Loved it. Im honored to know such a one of a kind and creative artist. I cannot wait for the next release!
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