Posted Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:22 PM
With regards to the photos of me posing as a steely-eyed submariner, those are polaroids, just a sampling of the many photographs I inherited from my dad when he passed away in 2012. Back before digital cameras, a polaroid camera was a commercial illustrator's favorite tool for capturing quick reference photos of models (often co-workers, friends or family) posing for an illustration. It was a little disillusioning for me to find that even the best artists prefer to have an actual model to use as a reference when drawing a figure, and the polaroid camera provided a great way to take instant snapshots for later reference.
My family photo collection includes many polaroids of my family members in rather odd poses - crawling across the floor, holding a box of breakfast cereal with a somewhat manic expression or, as in this case, holding some prop and assuming variety of expressions.
Funny story: One of my dad's fellow illustrators took dozens of photos of hands opening a food package for use in creating an illustration for a client. When he submitted the finished illustration of a pair of hands opening the food package it made its way all the way through the add agency, past the art director to the client before anyone noticed that the illustrations depicted two right hands, instead of a left and a right. D'oh!