Category: Concept to Completion
Interview on Workbook Blog
I’ve been advertising in The Workbook since 1996 and they have honored me with an informative, image-rich, interview on their blog titled 5 Things You Didn’t Know About James Porto. If you are curious about the history of my photo illustration work and career, it’s a brief tour of some of the highlights and well worth the read, click here.
1996 Sci-Fi becomes 2012 Reality
Back in 1996 I was commissioned by Daniel Carter at Wired Magazine to illustrate a Science Fiction story that takes place 100 years in the future after sea levels rose from Climate Change and flooded New York City. At the time we decided on this playful image with a Jet Ski messenger blasting up the rivers of water between the skyscrapers. The last thing I expected was to see this occur in my lifetime, let alone a mere 16 years later. The photos in the gallery below show the reality that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York, eerily similar to our fantastical sci-fi illustration.
Photoshop Masking and Compositing, 2nd Edition-Released!
After much dedication and hard work, I am proud to announce the publication of Photoshop Masking & Compositing 2nd edition, which I authored with Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan. This is a comprehensive guide to professional compositing in Photoshop and it’s a must have if you are interested in seamlessly combining images. The sections which I authored detail strategies and techniques for photography for compositing as well as a chapter on advanced Photorealistic compositing. It was a privilege to collaborate with Katrin and Sean on this venture; their combined experience in writing and teaching served to push me to more clearly articulate the techniques I’ve been exploring for many years. The book is available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.
Alan Mulally for Chief Executive Mag.
Alan Mulally was named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Magazine. You may recall that he is an American engineer and businessman who is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. Ford, which had been struggling during the late-2000s recession, returned to profitability under Mulally and was the only American major car manufacturer to avoid government-sponsored bankruptcy. We had 15 minutes to do his portrait in the Ford offices in midtown NYC.
Making the cover for Hush Hush
When Simon & Schuster approached me to create the cover for the supernatural teen romance novel, Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick I was instantly drawn to the project. For years I had been working on a series of winged female nudes in b/w and this assignment seemed a natural progression from that work.