We went to go see a play last night called “The Mystery of Irma Vep”. It’s a satire of several theatrical and film genres, and is very, very funny. One of the actors, Paul Lemonier, was recently at our studio for a series of headshots. Here is one of his images.
In Irma Vep, the two actors play many roles each, often having to cross-dress (in fact, that’s a requirement of licensing the play). One of his roles was Lady Hillcrest, the Lady of the Manor. In the second act, a portrait of Lady Hillcrest is hung above the mantle.
When it first appeared, we thought, that while a little cartoonish (which felt entirely within the theme of the play), the portrait looked a little like Paul. After the show, he told us what they had done.
The director, Julie Faust (another extremely talented actor, director and producer — and artist, as well), had taken his headshot and use it as the base for the portrait. The actual base — the headshot was taped onto the background and painted. Take a look at the eyebrows, teeth and facial structure.
I’ve done quite a few headshots, but I think this is the most unique use of one I’ve ever seen.