Trucos de diseño para diseñar como locos
When I started gathering information about the photographer Andrzej Dragan had in mind to recreate the style of his pictures and make a tutorial to use. As I was looking for information about it I realized that many artists have tried to reproduce photographic effects that made him famous, with varying degrees of success, creating tutorials and complex actions of PhotoShop to simulate the effects of some of his portraits without penetrating, or so I believe, the essence of them. The abundance of tuturiales and copies of his work gave me a strong impression. After all, while one of the purposes of this blog is to disseminate tricks and techniques of design, another, completely related to the above, is to inspire designers to experiment and create their own styles.
After digging a little deeper in his biography I discovered that Andrzej Dragan is not only a brilliant photographer, he is also a skilled musician, and to the surprise, Doctor of quantum physics. Faced with such amazing curriculum and after studying his portraits the idea of recreating his technique seemed utterly nonsense. I found much more helpful to understand a little more than his artistic side. The portraits of Andrzej Dragan invite to see them again and again to delve into hyper-realistic elements that make them inhuman. Strength and clarity of detail soberly lit, denoting a technical and artistic ability in both the overall configuration of the outlet and in the post-processing.
On his official website says the following comment from the author:
Some people claim that a good story will reveal some truth about the model. It saddens me to say that these people do not find anything interesting in my pictures they do not have that purpose.
Below you can read a quote from his favorite film:
“I like to remember things my own way. As I remember them, not necessarily how they happened” (Lost Highway, David Lynch, 1997).
The lesson I draw from this artist is that you put all of yourself in the work we do. Andrzej Dragan sample in each of the portraits done, the print out of the models, which need not correspond to what these models represent reality, but as the photographer has caught them.
Michael Fleishman, illustrator and art teacher says in one book that every graphic designer needs to look at the world with its own point of view, from the everyday to the most unprecedented, gathering in his memory all that is profitable to use then when the occasion requires. Somehow all of us working in graphic design shops in one form or another in our memory and recall, treasuring everything that has impacted, influenced, stunned, etc … to rebuild it later and create something new from it.
All images used in this publication are owned by Andrzej Dragan.
Andrzej Dragan official site, see here.
Interview in Bak Magazine, see here.