Anonymous asked
Are you the same "Starstorm Studios" that did the racist photoshoot with the body paint geisha a few years ago? How do you feel now about the disgusting cultural appropriation involved with it? It was very much a gross misrepresentation of geisha and fetishized an already oppressed group of people with some misogyny thrown in to boot. If you're not the same one, then I'm sorry for bothering you.

That photoshoot was done with little planning on my part to be honest. I was working with a body painter who wanted to show off her skill set and she came over with the costume for this idea, being blindingly new to photography at that point i was more interested in working out the lighting then worrying about the concept. It was never meant as a representation of Geisha culture though, i believe the word that was tossed around was homage. Would I do it again? NO. At least not like that. I prefer to put a lot more thought and planning into my work these days.

Here is a picture of myself as a baby next to a photo I took of my 2 month old son, there is a definite family resemblance methinks.

Here is a picture of myself as a baby next to a photo I took of my 2 month old son, there is a definite family resemblance methinks.



List of tutorials that helped me with environmental painting:
“How to make your own Perspective Grid in PS” <—- this one is the best thing I’ve ever discovered. Srsly CHECK IT OOOOUUUUT!
Snuffen’s Background Tutorial P1More or less ALL tutorials by Griffsnuff is awesome, so make sure to check out the rest of them!
More or less ALL tutorials made by AquaSixio!

List of youtube channels that also helped and inspired me:

FZDSCHOOL - More or less one of the most known concept art-related resources I know on youtube. It’s great to sit and draw and just listen to the talking.

SinixDesign- This guy is also great! He has some design workshops ever now and then where the viewers can send in their stuff for critique! very encouraging and inspiring!

moatddtutorials- This guy is more into drawing than painting, and has a more cartoony style. He has interesting methods when it comes to perspective. And he also challenge himself in some of his videos (the engine block video is a great example of this)

foxOrian- Also known here on dA for his awesome perspective and composition tutorials. He has a youtube channel where he posts some videos that might be interesting as well.

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