*Just a Sip*
A few years ago, I was hired as one of the illustrators for the Unknown Armies 3rd Edition Role-Playing Games. Unknown Armies is a weird and disturbing game inspired by the works of Tim Powers and Clive Barker, so naturally the imagery was to be disturbing and weird as well. With my wonderful models we came up with a number of scenarios to shoot, including this woman with a stitched mouth sipping something that could look a little like blood. The frame that I ended up submitting for the game was a different one (and I’m not sure it was used in the end) but the mix of glamour and creepy in this one I really like.
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Models: Michel, Anaïs
This shot was probably the most fun to shoot during the Unknown Armies session. Anaïs was so much into it that the drill bit actually hurt Michel a bit, so his frightened expression is not entirely fake.
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Anaïs was an absolute trooper that evening, ready to try every crazy idea I had for deranging shots, and even suggesting a good few herself. This is one I like a lot (again, an outtake from the main thing, but one that gives a very different feel from the submitted shot.) This is also the only shot that I submitted without any texturing or grunging up, the light was just so great naturally.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Another weird Unknown Armies outtakes shot, going for a kind of Clive Barker vibe but always with this disturbing contrast between the softness of the light and the harshness of the subject.