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This is a sketch I did for the opener of Siempre Mujer’s Feb/Mar 14, Best Beauty Buys, written by Jess Torres. In this story we featured products that were “reader picked”. Thus, the concept of the prize crane picking the best beauty products out of the pile. Our creative director, Stacy Marchelos placed the sketch into the layout, which I then showed to our photographer, the ever talented, Jeff Harris and our prop stylist, Wendy Schelah.

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Here’s the prop she made based on my sketch.

And here’s the story. Much thanks to Jeff, who really breaths life into these idea’s, Stacy’s bold design and of course Wendy who translated my sketch into a real object. I’m in awe of you all.

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Thanks for looking.

D.

 

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Better late than never! This was Siempre Mujer’s June/July 13 cover, featuring Chiqui Delgado! Shot by the amazing Omar Cruz, styled by Deborah Ferguson with hair and make up by Millie Morales.

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When ever I see this shot, I’m reminded of a seriously funny moment at this shoot. When I was trying to describe the pose I wanted Chiqui to take, I proceeded to lay down on top of this table and take “pin-up girl” sexy poses to explain what I wanted from the shot. My creative director damn near lost her mind when I started playing with my long, luxurious imaginary hair, while Chiqui looked at me wide eyed and shocked. However, she understood what I wanted and got it done. I think the whole episode got a smirk out of Mr. Omar Cruz.

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Thanks for looking!

 

D.

 

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A recently I did a colloboration with photographer Jeff Harris. The concept was to create images based on various “spirits”. Here’s what we did!

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And here are some behind the scenes shots.

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Photography: Jeff Harris

Illustration: David Cooper

Hair: Cindy Adams

Make up: Abby Ballin

Thanks for looking!

D.

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A few months ago I found out that The Friends Of The Greenpoint Library were having a competition to find a muralist to paint an exterior wall on the Greenpoint Library. This was my submission. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut, but I thought I’d share my submission with you! Congrats to Leslie Wood who took the win!

Thanks,

D.

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This photographers ability is technical and devious. I never really know what kind of optical illusion he’s going to pull from under his sleeve, but he never fails to amaze me. Oh, I almost forgot. His name is Jeff Harris. Anyway, check it out. The story was written by Jess Torres and prop styled by Mariana Vera, of Halley Resources. It appeared in Siempre Mujer’s June/July 2013 issue, which is out on news stands right now.

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The studio was on fire while we were shooting Siempre Mujer’s latest fashion story! The colors were hot and our model even hotter! The crew really came together to create an awesome story, and I think we all realized it from the very first shot. In the past we’ve produced our swimwear fashion features on the beaches of Mexico, St. Lucia and Miami, but this time around I wanted to try something different. I wanted to show case COLOR, bright popping color! So, I pitched the idea to our then executive/fashion editor, Ursula Carranza, our creative director, Stacy Marchelos and our editor in chief, Cristy Marrero, and they were all on board. Right from the jump I knew I wanted Tom Corbett to shoot, Stacey Jones to style, Javier Romero to do make up, Jeanie Syfu to do hair and Rupert Howard to build our set.  The only thing left to do was to find our model, the very talented Ebonee from MC2, who in my opinion took no prisoners in this story. She absolutely KILLED it! During the casting she took some really amazing graphic poses that easily convinced Ursula and I that she was the right pick for the story. Anyway, check it out for your self below. The beautiful layout was designed by our creative director, Stacy Marchelos! I’ve also included a few behind the scene shots.

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One of Ebonee’s casting photo’s I shot. Once we saw this, we knew we found our model.

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Our colorful wardrobe rack.

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Ebonee working a pose

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Ebonee still working it

Thanks for looking!

D.

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I’ll be speaking on May 8th, 7pm-8pm at The Apple Store located at 401 West 14th Street. Hope to see you there!

Thanks!

D.

 

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Looking back

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I spent most of the weekend preparing slides for my up coming presentation on May 8th. It’s always interesting to see how the work has developed from the early days.

D.

 

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Last month Rudy Gutierrez asked me to present my work to his FIT Masters Illustration class. I did a slide presentation of my work, but I broke up the time spent sitting in the dark by showing the students actual paintings and drawings. A good technique to keep their and my attention from drifting. I’ve been doing these guest lectures since I graduated from Pratt back in 2000. They usually consist of me showing the students my progression from student to professional illustrator. However, this time around I decided to add in my work as a photo editor in the hopes of showing them another part of my artistic discipline. I’ve always spoken about this part of my career, but this was the first time I actually showed them samples of what I do as a photo editor. I use to avoid showing illustration students this work because I really didn’t think it applied to what they were learning as young illustrators in training. Of course I now realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I think the added section to the lecture paid off. They seemed pretty interested and they didn’t fall asleep, which is always a good sign. I also got a good amount of insightful questions. One of which, was,”How do you fit in everything you do with illustration and photo editing into your life?” In the back of my mind I knew this question was going to come up sooner or later, but I was still left speechless for a second or two because I knew my answer wasn’t going to be a great epiphany. So, I repeated the question, which of course is a time tested technique to give your self more time to think. OH THOSE PRECIOUS SECONDS! I can’t remember what I said exactly, but I would say it was loosely based on this statement: “I wake up early, go to bed late and try to live a happy life in between.”  Is there really much more to it than that? Yes, probably, but why complicate things? Do what you love and love what you do. Accept the fact that certain challenges will arise while attempting this, but don’t give into them. Never quit! A beautiful creature in motion stays in motion, so be mindful and never stop.

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Here I am, talking junk.

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After the lecture I walked around to look at the students work and I came across this drawing one of them made from my painting while I was talking. Not bad at all.

..and I’m out.

 

D.

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Fame.

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