Tag Archives: Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined – Ascanio in Alba

31 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature numerous photos illustrating Mozart’s “Ascanio in Alba”, a play that was written for the wedding of the year in 1771!

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined showcases nearly 100 photos that bring to life Mozart’s operas through photography. I spent a decade building props and sets, meeting models and photographing across the country to showcase what Mozart’s music has meant to me. The book also features essays written about each opera from my own unique perspective. The book humorously points out plot-holes, gives insight into past and present performances, recites a little bit of History and overflows with my own passion for the music of Mozart.

Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the Ascanio in Alba pictures:

“Uniquely, for Mozart, he treats the piece with an unyielding festive spirit, and does not frequently use dramatic or emotional painting for the arias. All of the music is meant to be celebratory, and any sign of pathos or seriousness is kept far at bay. There are large decorative arias, ballets during the overture, repeated and growing choruses with group and solo dances, and the original text calls for many fantastical and striking stage images to occur during the music, including Venus descending from the sky and trees turning into buildings.
Because of this joyous narrow focus in the music, Ascanio in Alba completely upstaged the actual opera composed for the event, called Ruggiero, by Hasse, a major popular composer of the day. He remarked days after the repeated performances of Mozart’s piece, “This boy will cause us all to be forgotten.”

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

The awesome Model/Actor/Fitness Coach Justen Phelps portrays Ascanio in the photos. Five years ago when I worked with Justen he hadn’t started fitness training, but now he’s practically the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger! He is active and friendly on social media and if you like fitness you should check out his instagram @Phelps_fitness. You can also check out some of the sexy modeling work he did with me, but be forewarned, the photos may verge on NSFW.

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes work on the costumes worn in the photo here and here!

I’m going to be giving you a preview of photos from every chapter of Mozart Reimagined over the next month, and then it will be time for pre-orders. I will be launching pre-orders on Kickstarter on September 14th, 2015! Until then, I wanted to give you a glimpse of some of the photos and excerpts from the book so you can see what’s in store! Subscribe to the blog for every update, or check back on September 14th for the launch of the book.

Advertisements

Go Behind the Scenes with the Costume Sketches and Concept Art of Tyson Vick’s Photographic Mozart Illustrations

2 Feb

Whenever I take photos with big concepts, I start with concept art and costume sketches. Usually these aren’t so detailed that someone else can interpret them, but they are detailed enough for me to remember what I feel the need to include in an image. There are three types of art I can potentially do in order to help conceive my vision.

1. Costume Sketches

2. Concept Art

3. Thumbnails 

I use these three types of art to help me develop my ideas into costumes, find models and locations and compose images.


 

First up is a set of thumbnails I drew up for my illustrations of Ascanio in Alba. Interestingly, while I did photograph these things, I did not use any of these ideas in my final photograph.

Ascanio in Alba concept sketches

Ascanio in Alba concept thumbnails

Next is a sketch for Fiordiligi’s costume from the opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”. This character dresses up in her boyfriends military uniform.

Fiordiligi costume art for Cosi Fan Tutte

Fiordiligi costume art for Cosi Fan Tutte

Der Stein der Weisen was a fun opera to bring to life through illustration. Set in a fantastical Asian world, there was a lot to play with.

Der stein der Weisen concept sketch for Genie

Der stein der Weisen concept sketch for Genie

My genie is based off of Buddha and the maidens vying for his bird’s attention were drawn from Chinese inspiration.

Der Stein der Weisen costume concept for maiden

Der Stein der Weisen costume concept for maiden

The thumbnail below is followed by the image I produced.

Der Stein der Weisen concept sketch

Der Stein der Weisen concept sketch

Compare the thumbnail above to the finished image below to see how closely my concepts are followed.

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield. Models: Sierra Rae, Meilyn Saychow, Kolya Cain

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield. Models: Sierra Rae, Meilyn Saychow, Kolya Cain

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots didn’t have such a big concept process, I only needed the thumbnail to get an idea of what I wanted to get out of the final picture.

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots concept sketch

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots thumbnail sketch

You can compare the thumbnail above to the finished image below.

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail was costumed out of clothes found in my friend and fellow costumer Camille’s closest. I thought about all the pieces she had available, and then combined them on paper as seen below.

A costume sketch based on Camille's costumes and set in the yellow void.

A costume sketch based on Camille’s costumes and set in the yellow void.

Below you can see some of these costumes in the finished image.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

The Magic Flute is an opera I have extensively illustrated. When I first heard it, I was inspired to fill an entire sketchbook.

Queen of the Night Drawing

An early drawing of mine, illustrating the Act 1 Aria “O zittre Nicht”

But when I decided to use photography to bring these ideas to life, I did not know anything about costuming. So, I started petty small. I would probably go bigger today, especially with the Queen of the Night.

Papageno concept art

Papageno concept art

My costume ideas of Tamino and the Queen of the Night were based on what I could realistically make at the time.

Costume Sketches

Act 1 Costume Sketches for Tamino and The Queen of the Night

Tamino’s outfit is influenced heavily by Japanese history and video game costumes.

Tamino Costume Sketch for  my Magic Flute photos

Tamino Costume Sketch for my Magic Flute photos

Below you can see the outfit created from the above design.

zauberflote_act1a

Papageno was always meant to be a sort of bird version of a faun in my final image. I based his tattoos and look of of the Egyptian art of the Ba Spirit. A half-bird/half person creature represent a person’s soul.

Papageno costume sketch for my Magic Flute photos.

Papageno costume sketch for my Magic Flute photos.

Papageno was brought to life by Jon Sollee in the image below.

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

My Don Giovanni costume sketches were fairly blank, mostly focusing on shape.

Donna Elvira costume sketch for my Don Giovanni photos

Donna Elvira costume sketch for my Don Giovanni photos

In the end, Don Giovanni got a much more complicated white doublet, but the same cut still applies.

Don Giovanni costume sketch

Don Giovanni costume sketch

My thumbnails for Don Giovanni, below.

Don Giovanni concept art

Don Giovanni concept art

A set of Il Sogno di Scipione thumbnails.

Il Sogno di Scipone concept art

Il Sogno di Scipone concept art

Don Pippo of L’oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla, of Lucio Silla, costume sketches.

Don Pippo costume sketch for L'Oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla costume sketch.

Don Pippo costume sketch for L’Oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla costume sketch.

Compare the Lucio Silla Sketch to the final image.

luciosillatitle

La Finta Semplice was originally meant to feature five or so models, but they kept dropping out. Below was my last minute attempt to create some costumes that could be pulled from what I already owned.

La Finta Semplice costume sketches

La Finta Semplice costume sketches

The Marriage of Figaro photos were inspired by the image below, something I created after first hearing the opera a decade ago.

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro photos involved so many models and stylists, that I needed a thorough map of thumbnails to keep them straight.

The Marriage of Figaro Concept art

The Marriage of Figaro Concept art

I used the page below to keep track of which photos I had taken on the day.

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro thumbnail art

Compare the middle sketch above to the final image below.

FigaroAct2

For Mitridate, I based Aspasia’s outfit’s off of Historically accurate garb.

Aspasia costume sketch for my Mitridate photos

Aspasia costume sketch for my Mitridate photos

Farnace was also based off of History, but with a fantastical tattoo addition.

Farnace costume sketch for Mitridate

Farnace costume sketch for Mitridate

Compare the costume sketch above to the final costume below. I regret selling that cool pirate belt holding his cape up.

This is the photo that I will be showing you how I made! Mitridate, Act III, by Tyson Vick.

This is the photo that I will be showing you how I made! Mitridate, Act III, by Tyson Vick.

Finally, I end with the costume sketches for Zaide, another set of costumes pulled from my friend Camille’s closet.

Zaide costume sketches

Zaide costume sketches

I hope you enjoyed viewing all this concept artwork! I have much, much more, but none of it is scanned.

If you like following the creation of my illustrations of Mozart’s operas through photography, please feel free to subscribe to the blog! All you have to do is type your email into the box and the blog will be sent directly to your inbox from here on out! You don’t need to provide any information beyond your email!

Thanks for reading!

Ascanio in Alba – Venus

8 Dec

In the opera Ascanio in Alba, two people get married, and that’s the extent of the plot (which is spread over three hours), but any tension that may appear in the play occurs because the Goddess Venus (Venere) keeps the lovers superficially at bay! In the final photo, you can barely make out the dress worn by Venus (the one with the golden apple), but I’m going to show you what we made here, because otherwise no one will ever know!

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Venus

This costume was the first costume ever made for this project, and since I began taking photos before I had even learned to sew, it was my mother who made this dress directly from a Vogue Pattern! The dress is made from a knit with glitter swirls, but it drapes beautifully and looks very Greco-Roman.

Elizabeth models the dress Venus wore in my photo.

Elizabeth models the dress Venus wore in my photo.

 

The pattern used was Vogue 2881, which I think looks great, and I can highly recommend for looks, but being a Vogue pattern there’s always something indistinct or hazy in the directions.

Vogue Pattern 2881

Vogue Pattern 2881

 

Elizabeth, who you’ll see dancing around in these pictures, was the original model for Venus in a separate photoshoot from the one that was used. This set was scrapped, because as I got better and costuming and photography, I decided to develop a new concept, and shoot in a different state, and that’s why the final photo features a different beautiful model as the Goddess Venus.

 

The dress is fun an flirty, split to the thigh and hangs off of one shoulder.

The dress is fun an flirty, split to the thigh and hangs off of one shoulder.

At the point when this dress was made in my costuming and photography career, I did not know how to buy Jewelry or where to find Jewelry. I’d never even looked for it. So, when I found a second-hand candle holder that looked large and Gaudy, I bought it, broke off the lid and glued some gems to it! It’s funny to look back and realize how little I knew about costuming, but the brooch still looks okay.

The brooch was made from a candle holder.

The brooch was made from a candle holder.

Please subscribe to the blog to become part of the One Delightful Day mailing list!

Ascanio in Alba – Silvia’s Bodice

1 Dec

Ascanio in Alba is an allegorical, mythological wedding opera. All that happens in it is that some people get married and EVERYONE sings about it. Silvia Silvia is the lady who gets married. In my image, I illustrated the happy celebration with all the fun characters from the play. In the end, Silvia’s bodice got lost in the motion blur and fit the model poorly, but the image turned out great!

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

However, the bodice itself is something special as well. Using a slashed silk technique I picked up from the book Fabricate by  Susan Wasinger, I made a Renaissance style bodice with four layers of different colored silk, sewed channels, and slashed them up the center to only the bottom layer,  and then frayed all the edges.

Vanessa Genieva Williams models the bodice.

Vanessa Genieva Williams models the bodice.

I also used clasps for lace, rather than for closure, and leaving a beautiful bright red underlap for a splash of color. The idea for this bodice comes from the film “Virgin Territory” which had costumes designed by Roberto Cavalli, a popular fashion designer.

Bodices designed by Roberto Cavalli for "Virgin Territory"

Bodices designed by Roberto Cavalli for “Virgin Territory”

In the following photos you will see Silvia’s bodice from different angles. While you can’t make it out from the pictures, the silk layer colors are white, ivory, pink and red.

The slashed silk bodice for Silvia.

The slashed silk bodice for Silvia.

The back of the bodice is just plain white silk.

Bodice back.

Bodice back.

This is one of the funnest pieces I have ever made, and I would love to use this technique on another garment in the future.

Vanessa Genieva Williams models the slashed silk bodice.

Vanessa Genieva Williams models the slashed silk bodice.

If you guys like these costume posts, remember to subscribe! I’m showing off different costumes from my photos every single week until I run out of things to show!