Pictorialism

Drawing lines in the sand

…not in that way, though. Just thought it sounded right because “beach.”

To attempt practicing Pictorialism (and color, later in the day,) I enlisted the help of my friend Katt as a model. Rather than going by a book for a theme initially, I chose to look to our shared interests for inspiration for my shots. For my first attempt at pictorialism, I wanted to echo the style of 90’s anime as best I could with a live action model. This mostly involved the use of color grading and adding plenty of grain to the picture, as well as trying to make the background look fairly flat and simple. This also involved adding a subtitle to the shot as the finishing and most stylistic touch.

Another one of our shared interests is art. As such, I also attempted to mimic the look of a sketch. To do this, I tried to make it look as if the person “drawing” the picture was having trouble shading the edges of the page and perhaps smudged some portions of the picture as they worked. Naturally, this also needed me to change the picture into black and white and add grain and texture to convey the feeling of the picture being on paper.

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