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Shocking Shadow Portraits

These Portraits Reveal Shadow-Covered Faces with Emotional Expressions

— June 15, 2015 — Fashion
English artist Dylan Andrews has created a illustrated series called 'Charcoal Portraits' that focuses on dramatic shadow-covered faces. Each face is covered with a different shadow. The use of different subjects posed with different expressions reveals a deep insight into a different emotion or feeling.

The shadows are cast in net-like styles revealing holes of light and dark. The use of black and white images enhances the shadows. Each image has a different use of light exposure and dark contrast.

Andrews preferred to use anonymous figures with shadow-covered faces to give them an allusive identity. The image is meant to create a slue of questions without revealing any answers. Andrews decided to leave it up to the viewers own interpretation.
Trend Themes
1. Shadow-covered Portraits - The use of shadows to obscure facial features in portraiture offers opportunities for artists to explore emotion in novel ways.
2. Black and White Imagery - Contrasting light and dark tones in black and white photography can enhance the drama of an image and provide opportunities for unique perspectives on common subjects.
3. Anonymity in Art - Using anonymous figures in artwork can create intrigue and invite viewers to interpret meaning in their own ways, providing opportunities for open-ended storytelling.
Industry Implications
1. Fine Art - Artists can use new techniques for depicting emotion in portraiture to create unique and engaging works that push the boundaries of traditional art forms.
2. Photography - Exploration of contrasting tones and techniques for hiding or revealing elements in images can help photographers create arresting images that stand apart from conventional photos.
3. Marketing and Advertising - Incorporating elements of anonymous figures and shadowy imagery in marketing and advertising campaigns can add intrigue and invite viewers to interpret messages for themselves, providing opportunities for differentiation and engagement.
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