Step-by-Step Creation of an Insane Clown Posse Composite Portrait


Check out this portrait of the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse by photographer Paul Mobley and digital artist Mike Campau. Can you tell how it was created?

Campau writes that he and Mobley wanted to capture as many shots as possible on a tight schedule, so they decided to shoot the duo in front of a green screen:


Mobley then spent a couple of days shooting in downtown Detroit, capturing dramatic shots of the city’s architecture from ground level and the edges of rooftops. Once all the needed images were created, they were handed off to Campau, and the magic of digital compositing began.

First, he removed everything but the two music artists from the frame:


Next, he put in some road underneath their feet:


The background is livened up with balloons created entirely in the computer:


Skyscrapers are placed into the background:


A different scene is composited into the back, and the balloons are brightened up a bit:


Some lens flare is added to the scene:


More balloons are added to the foreground, and the color is tweaked for the final composite photograph:


(via Behance via BuzzFeed)

  • fast eddie

    ICP? Really? Trawling the dregs of the sewer, I mean internet. MAGNETS; HOW DO THEY WORK?

  • Tyler Magee

    What a waste…. awesome post production but ICP? really?

  • olafs_osh

    Maybe, just maybe, I’ve heard a song of this band. But this article surely ain’t about them – that’s for sure.

  • Courtney Navey

    ok great job…I guess, but does anybody do anything that’s not a composite portrait anymore??? I’m just a tiny bit burned out on composite portraits especially one’s of bands that were never good to begin with.

  • Rabi Abonour

    F**king balloons… how do they work?

  • David Liang

    Is someone controlling your eyes or you want to exercise some choice. People can create whatever they want to create, not everything here is for you.

  • harumph

    I don’t wanna talk to no composite artist. Y’all mother****ers lying, and getting me pissed. This was done with magic and miracles.

  • Das

    why would someone think it looks cool to wear a skirt like that?

  • R O

    That’s his cholo man skirt, yo. Since he’s not actually Mexican, we’ll give him a pass for not knowing he’s supposed to hike his stockings above the hemline.

  • AoD

    Did they use magnets?

  • Courtney Navey

    wow there’s a surprise, an opinionated jerk responds to my comment. David I was merely voicing my opinion about the post! The comments before me also mentioned how they thought this was wasted effort! Why don’t you take your own advice and choose to ignore my comment…hypocrite.

  • Jake

    ICP = Insane Composite Portrait

  • Don Tusk

    I don’t give damn about this horrible band but composite portrait is awesome. Well done !

  • mo

    step by step guide to draw a da vinci:
    take a canvas.
    take some color..
    draw a little..

    how the ferg did he do the lens flares? or colouring?!

  • Bink Chipperwink

    ICP! ICP! ICP!


  • DomDdom

    Magnets?! How do they work?

  • Cochese

    Interesting, but not the best step by step I’ve ever seen. Even for this website. But I do enjoy seeing ICP in a better light. I wonder if their done with the crazy kick that started around 1999/2000.