A lovely job came through for the Radio Times last week. Stimulating subject matter in the name of the opera The Barber of Seville. I concentrated on the theme of the barber (Figaro) guiding Rosini and The Count to eventual happiness, having fun playing with the glasses and scissors to represent the barbers profession and the divide between the two leads. As the deadline was quite tight, for speed and efficiency the image was almost entirely created in Adobe Illustrator, with final tweaking completed in Photoshop. This seems to be my increasingly employed working practice where APS simply becomes a finishing tool and AI is used to build the skeleton of the image. A really enjoyable project from start to finish.
"Tony Award-Winning Broadway Director Bartlett Sher scored a hit with his first opera-this Met production of Rossini's Barber of Seville. His Looney Tunes-inspired staging was to prove as sharp as barber Figaro's razor. Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov is the wily Mr Fix-it here and the hilarious pre-marital upheavals of Count Almaviva and his bride to be Rossina are explored with vocal freshness by tenor Alek Shrader and contralto Isabel Leonard."