Top of this year's Chaos Christmas wishlist is A Portrait of the Digital Age, Ian Spriggs’ book on creating his meticulous character studies. In this week’s podcast, the digital portrait artist returns to talk to Chris (who features in the book) about some of the subjects the publication tackles.
Ian shares valuable insights into the process of making his portraits, including his Renaissance influences, the roles clothing, lights, and pose play in his images, and he's embraced improvements in technology and technique. He talks about some of the major shifts in the art world in the past few years, including the emergence of real-time digital humans and the rapid rise of NFTs. You’ll also get to hear about Ian’s next portrait — and find out why it's his most challenging yet.
A Portrait of the Digital Age >
5:00 Chris and Ian’s history
11:09 Digitizing art’s most popular subject
14:35 What makes the Mona Lisa valuable
20:30 Ian’s inspiration
23:18 How to light a portrait
27:22 How Ian’s portraits have changed
33:14 Boosting hair
40:00 The challenges of digital humans
44:51 Thoughts on NFTs
51:16 Secrets of NFT success
59:21 Book details and his next project