Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Behind the Scenes at the Rogue Angel Megashoot
As promised, a look behind the scenes at a recent megashoot for the Rogue Angel book covers. Photographer Michael Alberstat shot about 2,000 digital images of model Chrisanne Baitis with a range of lights and backdrops to provide the base for Tim Bradstreet's photo-realistic art on future covers.
...from The Toronto Star:
"It's all about getting the right lighting and the right body language to create this character on the cover that draws your eye, and then creating a composition around it that ties everything together and brings a unity to the illustration," Bradstreet said. "It's almost the art of the movie poster, in a way. It's bringing those elements in the film into one image," he added.
The slender, Montana-born Baitis, who struggled with the weight of her weapons during the long photo shoot, said depicting Annja Creed creates a challenge different from "other modelling projects where they just put clothing on you and your job is just to advertise the clothing. "In this kind of modelling, because you're given a character ... you have to be very intuitive with the way you use your body. This requires a lot more depth and ... thinking, and detailed work."
The appeal of Rogue Angel series is reaching both male and female readers. "Women are responding to her because she's strong but she's not perfect, she's not superhuman, she makes mistakes, she's kinda goofy. Men like the action (and) she's a sexy woman," says Gold Eagle editor Nicole Brebner. Blake Morrow, Art Director for the series, said the L.A.-based Baitis was chosen because "she's not only a beautiful model, there's an intensity to her eyes that draws you in. She's like Jennifer Garner meets ... Angelina Jolie."