Symbiosis on iazzu
You can now buy my portraits from your mobile!

Symbiosis on iazzu

 
iazzu is a new art app for mobiles where you can find pieces by different street artists and illustrators from all over the world. There are many apps to buy art out there, what makes iazzu unique is that you can take a picture of your wall with your mobile, and see how the piece will actually look in your house before buying it!

You can also find a few of my portraits selected by the iazzu team, the selection includes only artists whose works can also be found on the app. You can click on the image above to visit their site, download the app, and check all the great stuff they have in store!

 

 

Symbiosis in Progress
The origin of the mutants

Hyuro in progress

 
Many people have asked me if my portraits are pictures, illustrations or computer generated images, and what kind of process/software I use to make them. Some people even told me I don't have to explain it or share the way I work if I prefer to keep it secret. I must say I never really understood artists' secrecy, I don't have any problems at all to share and explain how I make my portraits. All of them are created in Photoshop using a real picture of the artist and a picture of one of their characters. The whole process of fusing the person with the character is completely done in Photoshop, I don't use any other software.

The first step is always choosing the character for the photocomposition, so that the artist can copy the posture in the photo, otherwise the digital integration is impossible. Then I take pictures of the artist, and pictures of the painting/illustration/sculpture in the same place, with the same light, using the same camera. Even when I use a vector design or a 3D image that could be easily sent by email, I always take pictures of it with my camera. Like this the final composition works fine without having to make so many adjustments, this is my little secret. ;) Then the photoshopping starts, I actually spend more time retouching the image than capturing it. The shooting is normally done in one afternoon with the artist, and is usually over in one or two hours, but then I spend days in Photoshop modifying the photo.

Another essential thing for me is taking the photos in RAW format, to be able to make light and color adjustments without losing quality. Below you can see some images of the original pieces made by the artists, pictures of me taking pictures :), screenshots of the work in progress, and the final portrait, as a graphical explanation of the process.

 

Mural by Hyuro
Original mural by Hyuro

 

Hyuro in progress
Hyuro in progress

 

Hyuro
Hyuro final

Philip K Dick by Pincho
Original illustration by Pincho (Portrait of Philip K Dick)

 

Taking Pictures of Pincho
Taking pictures of Pincho with the invaluable help of Pol Marban

 

Pincho
Pincho final

Hangover by Andreas Englund
Original painting by Andreas Englund (Hangover)

 

Taking pictures of Andreas Englund
Taking pictures of Andreas with the painting in my mobile as a reference

 

Andreas Englund in progress
Andreas in progress

 

Andreas Englund
Andreas Englund final

Taking pictures of Emilie Steele
Taking pictures of Emilie Steele

 

Emilie holding her doll
Emilie holding her doll for me

 

Emilie in progress
Emilie in progress

 

Emilie Steele
Emilie Steele final

SushiMan By Zeptiror
Original Vector Design by Zeptiror

 

Taking pictures of the SushiMan
Taking pictures of the SushiMan

 

Having fun
Having fun (an essential part of the creative workflow : )

 

Zeptiror
Zeptiror final

Original painting by TLP
Original painting by TLP

 

TLP in progress
TLP in progress

 

The London Police
TLP final

Original Graffiti Piece by Dulk
Original graffiti piece by Dulk

 

Dulk in progress
Dulk in progress

 

Dulk
Dulk final

Original digital drawing by Saturno
Original digital drawing by Saturno

 

Saturno in progress
Saturno in progress

 

Saturno
Saturno final

Dave in progress
Dave in progress

 

Dave
Dave final

Inocuo in progress
Inocuo in progress

 

Inocuo
Inocuo final

Suso33 in progress
Suso33 in progress

 

Suso33
Suso33 final

 

Symbiosis at AktivitÄt bcn
Solo exhibition to showcase the results of my latest experimetns
 


After many years of hard work, travelling acrross the continent and beyond to capture different artists in their natural habitat, I am finally ready to show the resulsts of my peculiar digital-surgery experiments in the exhibition Symbiosis - An experiment by Dr Case.

AktivitÄt bcn has been the chosen place to host this singular show in which the audience will be able to see with their own eyes my latest portraits of mutant artists created using the most advanced digital metamorphosis techniques in the world.

The captured specimens come from different artistic disciplines and scenes; from graffiti, to pop surrealism, illustration, tattoo, sculpture, street art, outdoors calligraphy, and vandalism in general. All of them have subjected themselves to my experiments voluntarily to be fused with their own characters, becoming fabulous creatures, fantastic beings that combine each artist which his own creations; which, together, form a unique collection of altered portraits that any art lover or photography enthusiast shouldn't miss.

The exhibition will be on display from the 18th of February to the 10th of April 2017 at AktivitÄt bcn (C/ Topazi, 21 - Barcelona). Below you can see some pictures of the setting up and opening party, where I shared some anecdotes about the experiences lived during my travels. We also offered fresh malt & lupulus beverages to the assistants without charge (courtesy of Moritz).

Thanks everyone for coming and special thanks to Cripatia Torres for the pictures!

Inner Landscapes Flyer

Removing the Plastic
Removing the Plastic (my favourite part when setting up a show)
 
Mr Gallerist & Me Screwing it Up
Looking Trhough the Glass
Mr Gallerist & Me Screwing it Up
Looking Trhough the Glass
 
Door Vinyl
Door Vinyl
 
Prints
Prints
 
I like your Hairstyle
I like your Hairstyle
 
With Juanjo Surace
 
Sara & Ester
Sara & Ester
 
Adri
Adri
 
Nevenka & Friends
Nevenka & Friends
 
New School
Fans Fatales
New School
Fans Fatales
 
The Michaelsson Sisters
The Michaelsson Sisters
 
Crouded
Crowded
 

Finally, for all the peopleor all the people who couldn't come or who live far far away, here's a little walk-through video of
the exhibition, it's nearly like being there! :)

 

Making of the Portrait of Sr Arribas
A rural adventure through the High Lands of Northern Spain

When Javier Arribas told me he wanted to take his picture on a derelict monastery at the top of a hill in the High Lands of Soria, in Northern Spain, and use a silver deer head to replace his face, I thought it was a fantastic idea; but I didn't realize the great effort and hard work involved in capturing such a portrait. Especially because I didn't know that the last stretch to reach the top of the hill couldn't be done by car...

Sr Arribas is one of those artists who are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his projects, even climbing mountains or installing real-sized human sculptures in the middle of a completely deserted area. He lives in a wooden house built by himself and has his own vegetable garden to feed his family. Founder of the Latidos del Olvido collective, he is also an explorer who loves forgotten places, abandoned towns, and derelict houses where he finds and documents pieces of the past, abandoned objects, tools, and images; small treasures that make us remember our ancestors, the people who lived in our land before we were born, when the majority of the population lived in small towns, and time passed by more slowly, before we lost our connection to the land, when our way of living was more sustainable.

For a city kid like me, who spends most of his time seating in front of a computer screen, capturing this portrait was an epic adventure. Many people think my way of working is totally based in composing different images in Photoshop using pictures from online photo stock services, that's one of the reasons why I wanted to share these images to show the actual process and work involved in capturing one of my portraits. Big thanks to Susana Medina for the pictures of the process, and to Aitana & Ainoa Arribas for their professional assistance! : )

Sr ArribasSr Arribas

Taking Out the Deer Head
Climbing
Taking out the deer head from the studio
Climbing the hill with our little assistants : )
     
Little Break
Exhausted
 
Testing
Little break to regain our strength
Dedicated to the people who think
I do everything using Photoshop : )
 
Testing the light
         
Setting up the Scene
Let's Start
Settin up the Scene
Let's Start!
     
Shooting with Aitana Copying My Photographer Posture  
Heavy Weight
Shooting with Aitana Copying My Cool Photographer Posture
 
Heavy Weight
     
Descent
Descent
 
Loading the Car
Having Lunch
Loading the Car to Go Down to Sarnago
(an abandoned village rescued by a brave group of people)
Having Lunch with the Arriba's family at Sarnago
(No Man's Land - All Man's Land!)
     
Siesta
Final Country-Style Siesta
 
Dr Case Royal Rotor Andrea Michaelsson Olivia Boris Hoppek Andrea Luschi Escif Suso33 Marga López Inocuo Noaz Mr Kern Next