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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Images of ancient cave paintings amaze us with their suggestion of the first spark of Man's creative spirit.  To recreate that concept I first built a section of a cave wall  in the studio and painted in some early drawings.  A single tungsten lamp and gold foil reflectors gave the appearance of light from a fire.  The hand of an assistant was oiled and blackened to complete the illusion.  Photographed with the Nikon D3x and 24-70mm zoom at f/9.


  1. Hi Tom - this image is amazing, you'd make a very good cave painter, too:) Would you mind me asking how did you create this wall in your studio - which materials did you use?

  2. The technique for making the wall was similar to how model railroaders build scenery and uses some of those supplies. The base is foam core. On top of that I built texture using acrylic medium, various papers, cardboard, and model railroad "earth". Then I spray painted it with several colors. Finally, I used earth-toned pastels for the coloring and the drawing, sometimes drawing them on and sometimes crushing them up and dusting them on.

  3. Thank you - hope the image does well, it is very unique.