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PPT: Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt, Mix Tape

“Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape” — the next installment in my Person Place Thing series. You can read all about the complete story behind this in my previous post where I posted the original line art. If you are unfamiliar with my Person Place Thing series, I ask people at random for a person, place, and a thing and I create an illustration based on the answers I get. It’s a great exercise for creating narrative and focus. It’s creative and challenging and I enjoy the surprised faces of those who’ve made the suggestions, not knowing why I’m asking.

I tried to make this a regular part of my facebook page, but I was barraged by too many suggestions from people who knew what the game was. It wasn’t as fun this way, so I’ve reverted to only asking people who know nothing about this project.

You might wonder how a Rembrandt painting is a place, but the person I asked replied, “Inside a Rembrandt painting.” What I love about this project is that you’re never really sure what people are going to say, so I was pretty excited when the “place” was more conceptual and fantastic. I had to search for just the right painting to reference that would incorporate the mix tapes in a way that seemed natural as well as silly. I am pretty pleased with the result!

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PPT Line Art: Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Well, here’s the line art for the latest in the Person Place Thing series: “Nicolas Cage, Inside a Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape”. I called my pal Sarah, who is not at all familiar with this series, to ask her for a Place and a Thing. I didn’t ask her for a person since I was already planning to use Nicolas Cage. I’d been wanting to make a Nicolas Cage pillow for her, as she is a huge Nic Cage fan (yes, even National Treasure — I know, and despite this I still think she is a lovely person). The problem is that you can’t simply swipe photos of Nicolas Cage off the internet and make them into pillows. Well… you CAN, but it’s not very ethical and definitely not legal if you sell them to other people.

So I thought I’d incorporate his iconic visage into some artwork of my very own and use him in my Person Place Thing series. Since the final artwork will be used to make a pillow for Sarah, I thought it only appropriate to ask her for the place and thing. She gave me “Inside a Rembrandt painting” and “mix tape”. This seemed like it had a lot of potential.

I used Rembrandt’s “The Jewish Bride” as my painting to reference because it allowed me to also incorporate Sarah, which is simply an added bonus for her and a fun thing for me. It also allowed me to portray a tender moment of Nicolas Cage exchanging a mix tape with his lovely bride to be. Certainly, mix tapes in the 17th century were deeply meaningful betrothal gifts. I can only assume there was a lot of edgy, underground lute and viola de gamba music on those mix tapes. I bet some court ladies’ tail feathers were all a-ruffled by these sweet and sexy jams.

At any rate, I’ll be painting this in over the weekend and will post the final piece when I am done. Of course, this line art will be added to the eventual Person Place Thing Coloring Book that will inevitably be rejected by Dover Publications when I submit it to them in 2015.