Thomas Gibson Studio is thrilled to reveal one of our latest projects: A collodion cover image shot for Stephan Pastis’ soon-to-be-released book, Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury.
The book, due out on September 25, showcases all strips from Larry in Wonderland and Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand. Stephan also adds in insightful, raw commentary to give you a glimpse of what was really going on in his head when he came up with the concepts for the strips.
For us, concepting the look and feel of the book cover was a task in both creative thinking and collodion + digital strategy.
Stephan told us that he wanted his cartoon characters to appear in the right light in the background but not overstage him as the main character (because those pants, as he mentions on his blog, needed some great attention!).
With that direction, we knew that all the wet-plate ferrotypes we produced eventually had to be mixed with digital takes to create the ultimate view — the final image. This means there were 20-30 tins exposed with another 300 digital files.
In addition to the attention to detail for the actual imagery, we took great time building the set, casting the models, dressing the set and shooting, editing and compositing the photographic story. This took us a month and a half to produce — and it was well worth every minute that we put into it.
We couldn’t be more excited to have worked with Stephan. Our art director told us that he said it was the best piece he had ever had produced! It’s feedback like that that keeps us doing what we’re doing at the studio — and it speaks volumes to the power of collodion wet-plate photography.
Sometimes the simplest ideas can take a while to assemble ,and often times are more elaborate than what appears to the eye. We hope you enjoy!