And now for something completely different. Seattle artist Chris Crites, aka bag painter, creates modern-day portraits from mug shots of the past using a five-color palette, a 10/0 brush, and a paper bag.
Once the subject is chosen, Crites draws a loose sketch on his medium of choice. His original photograph is then adjusted and contrasted in Photoshop so that there is enough definition for him to work with. Not unlike a vector artist might do when illustrating a photograph, Crites pulls five clearly-defined shade groups out of each photograph. Those shade groups are then used as a guideline for his paintings, and five colors fill in the shade groups via a kind of paint-by-numbers approach.
Talk about painstaking! Read the full interview with Crites at Redefine Magazine. His latest show, Cold Comfort, opened January 29  in San Francisco at the Jack Fischer Gallery and runs through March 5.