BRIAN VIVEROS “Mess With The Bull”- 08.10.09
Just picked up this special Thinkspace print release from Brian Viveros ~ “Mess With The Bull”… The most amazing thing about these prints? Brian says “I wanted to bring more life to this print as a whole so I worked on each one individually adding to the face and body, just lil’ subtleties ya’ know - not taking away but adding more, something special to each one so its not just your everyday print.” and thus begins the game of “spot the difference” ~ you can see the larger image of the print from the Thinkspace email on the next page… but i think my main little feature is the tear is more of a mascara bleed (which i actually quite like better!)… and it’s just so incredible that he touched up each of the 12 prints to make the colors pop more ~ and such a beautiful frame as well. I have her hanging over my desk right now ~ something about the strength and unmesswithable emotion effusing from her that is just the inspiration we all need sometimes ~ especially while getting through the more painful moments in life? So take a peek at the close ups on the next page…
“Mess With The Bull”
12√ó16” giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag paper
Hand embellished, signed and numbered by the artist
Limited edition of 12 prints (+ 3 artist proofs / not for sale)
All prints are professionally mounted and framed by Sherman Gallery
A note from Brian Viveros on the hand embellishment process:
- First what I did is I watered down some acrylic flesh tones and ran it through my custom micron to bring up certain areas bringing this print more to life. I wanted to bring more life to this print as a whole so I worked on each one individually adding to the face and body, just lil’ subtleties ya’ know - not taking away but adding more, something special to each one so its not just your everyday print.
- I then focused on my signature cigarette and eyes adding more detail with white to highlight the lips a little more and the cigarette ash looks even more lit and the eyes I made even deeper and more seductive with a slight touch of black.
- Last I came in with red (“The Blood”) overlaying each rose, her lips and the cape of the bullfighter so that each really pops and adds a little more life and richness to it. Practically bleeding off the paper.
What’s most important is just taking the time to give back & add a little somethin’-somethin’ for those that are purchasing this special print, not to mention the complimentary Spanish bullfighting reddish-black frame to keep her safe. The additions and embellishments are subtle, but it’s just cool and makes it that much more.