Recently I had the pleasure of working on a series of illustrations depicting the "lifestyle do's and donts" of Nicolas Cage for Details.com (be sure to check out the full article here). Because I am fond of his work in Matchstick Men, Adaptation, and personal fav Con Air, it wasn't too hard to justify going that extra mile and watching a bit of his filmography while painting . . .for additional reference of course:)
Seven variations of Nic were created, and as a result I am 75% confident that I can now draw him with my eyes closed, while left-handed, somewhat accurately, 50% of the time. Luckily each illustration was to depict him in a totally unique light, so there was never a dull moment during the process. I spent a great deal of time rendering a variety of fabrics, so in contrast, painting a sweaty and topless Nic Cage was a breath of fresh air. . . right?
This weekend I went to WonderCon 2010 in San Francisco, and had the chance to see Nic Cage in person while he was promoting his upcoming film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." He was sporting an eye-catching-peroxide-blond hairdo which is for a future movie role perhaps? Either way, one's gotta love the ever evolving nature of this man's hair. . . I know I do.
All illustrations © Condé Nast Publications.