The Making of an Illustrative Composite, Part 3
In the final course of this three-part series, Richard Sturdevant tells you how to bring it all together. Some things you’ll cover include:
- In the home stretch – how to check your image, give it the polishing touches, and still keep your files and yourself organized.
- Attention to details – learn to use more layers to detract from shadow areas, use highlights and warmth to bring more to your subject.
- Create that inner glow – no, we’re not talking about your complexion! Learn how to use layers to blend and enhance lighting, add atmosphere and create some amazing effects.
- When you're done, now what? Richard gives you the steps you can take on the finished image to make it all complete.
Creating an illustrative composite is no small feat. But with this confidence and creativity you’ll gain from this series, you’ll have the skills and knowledge that most can’t match.
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Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry. Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition - receiving 16 prints with a perfect 100 point score in both state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 and 2012 with best print in PPA
Sturdevants fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his original artistic roots. Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography. Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.
As a photographic artist, Richard received the prestigious title of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Southwest Photographer of the Year with SWPPA, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Texas Photographer of the Year with TPPA and 2008-2010 Dallas Photographer of the Year with DPPA. He also achieved International Gold and International Platinum Photographer of the Year with PPA in 2007, 2008, then went double Platinum Photographer of the year for Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging in 2010. This Year he is the 1st photographer to go Double Diamond Photographer of the Year in PPAs International Print Competition two years in a row. From 2005 to 2011, he received 14 Kodak Gallery Awards as well as 15 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He also received 1st place in the portrait & Group category in the 2010 and 2011 WPPI 16x20 print competition.
Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio - a thriving portrait studio in Garland, Texas. He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography. He was featured in Rangefinder magazine August 2006 where his image Durrels Run was featured on the cover. Richard is a member of PPA, ASP, WPPI, TPPA, DPPA and is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman. He will also be receiving the Master Artist of Photography in New Orleans in Jan 2012.
With over 20 years of experience as a creative artist, Richard brings a unique eye to the world of photographic education. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry is something that he enjoys. As part of his commitment to helping others learn and succeed, he has launched his own brand of educational materials to photographers, graphic designers, and artists nationwide. He believes that these materials, known as the Sturdavinci Art Tools, will help fellow professionals, as well as aspiring students, achieve their creative potentials and improve their workflow.