Jason Edmiston has been creating pop culture art professionally for 20 years, and has always shot his own photo reference, usually with the greatest model he has ever met, his dad. Most of his work, which includes movie posters, toy packaging, art prints and advertising art, relies to some degree on photo reference.
They work together to find appropriate costumes and props
When Jason has a concept sketch for a piece worked out, he pops over to his parents’ house and gets his dad to dress up like the character while he sets up lighting to match the scene. He’s very accommodating, and willing to pose in all sorts of ways, and always manages to get into character. He never says no to a request and is always enthusiastic.
His dad’s great at getting into character
Dad posing for Big Trouble in Little China’s Lo Pan
These reference photos help create believable poses
His greatest features are his incredibly expressive hands