I've always had a soft spot for "the power behind the throne" stories. People like Rasputin are endlessly fascinating. There's just something about the temptation of power with obvious strings attached and the moral questions they raise.
So of course that isn't what I originally had in mind when I set up Etrigan. I tried pose after pose, but nothing was really clicking. He's a fantastic figure, one that I've been waiting for since Wizard World Chicago last summer. Despite how great he looks, I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with him. I tried profile shots, different perspectives, angles, and lighting. Still the Demon eluded me.
After taking a short break and looking through my toy bins, I happened across a Marvel Select Dr. Doom and his throne. I've used the throne before and Etrigan seemed to be just about the right size. Unfortunately, his cape doesn't come off so he couldn't sit down, which led to me placing him around the throne, until ultimately settling on behind and gesturing the viewer to sit down.
From zero to idea in about an hour and a half :)
Etrigan was lit by two desklamps, one pointed at his feet and the other pointed directly at him. Adjusting the contrast in Photoshop added a little drama, then add the eye glow. Nothing to it!
Gone, gone EXIF of man,
|Exposure:||0.022 sec (1/45)|
|Focal Length:||50 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||-1 EV|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time:||2008:02:12 19:11:19|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:02:12 19:03:13|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:02:12 19:03:13|
|Metering Mode:||Center Weighted Average|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Sensing Method:||One-chip colour area sensor|
|Focal Length In 35mm Film:||75|
|Image Width:||2004 pixels|
|Image Height:||1689 pixels|