Ransom & Mitchell worked with painter and sculptor Scott Musgrove to create two portraits that captured him in “before and after” scenarios. The Last Good Man (top image) represents Musgrove as a historian at the end of his days living in a seemingly desperate situation, yet doing so with dignity and hard earned wisdom.
To complete the illusion, we constructed two matching sets, one above a small water pool so Musgrove could actually sit in water. The second set was painted and dressed to appear underwater. The two sets were brought together digitally. Scott also provided large resolution samples of his work to be used as “family portraits” hanging on the walls.
Hubris (second image) represents Musgrove in his early years when he set out to catalog and domesticate the strange creatures lost to antiquity.
To create the image, Musgrove posed with a stand-in animal and a chain was suspended in the air next to him. Later we added digitally painted beasts modeled from Musgrove’s own paintings.