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How to Light Paint Like a Boss – Complete Guide and Inspiration with Darius Twin

By Jules Ebe on June 23rd 2013

Darius Twin (aka Darren Pearson) is a designer by day, and light painter by night. His work is playful, lighthearted, with a touch of mischievous curiosity. From surfing skeletons, to alien invaders, to a dancing angel, Darius captures the light side of life in the midst of the dark. Using his urban excursions to find creative locations for his work, he has been known to create up to 50 images in a single night. Each can take anywhere between one to 5 minutes to complete the exposure. Using LED lights like an artist’s pencil, Darius is able to create street art that is as ephemeral as it comes. Here one moment, gone the next, and only captured within the frame of the lens.

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Light Painting Explained

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Light Painting Live – ‘Wheelie’

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Illustrating ‘Bioluminescence’

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Darius on Inspiration, Equipment, and Process

The technique I use to create the photos is through long exposure. At night, I set my Canon 7D on a tripod and shoot on bulb mode. During the exposure, which can last several minutes, I position myself in front of the lens and draw with a light pointed at the camera in mid-air, imagining what I create as I illustrate.

I first learned about light painting by stumbling across a black and white photo taken by Gjon Mili of Pablo Picasso illustrating a centaur in 1949. This is where the inspiration first started for me. Before seeing the image, I did not realize you could draw with light! It blew my mind!

Currently, I’m inspired by the varying environments around me and try whenever possible to have my light sculptures interact in some way with the place itself.

Aliens, Skeletons, and Angels – Oh My?!

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Still in the works is a light-painted animation featuring skateboarding skeletons (see the sneak peek above) which will be finished around the end of summer. He is also working on a post-card project that you can check out on his website.

Don’t worry – we will be sure to keep you up to date with more from this talented artist.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

CREDITS: Photographs by Darren Pearson have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

About

is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Anthony McFarlane

    Like a boss indeed!

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