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Here’s the latest fashion feature from Siempre Mujer’s Aug/Sept 2013 issue. It was shot by Tom Corbett and styled by Ellen Silverstein. This shoot was very special for both Tom and I, so we both worked extra hard to insure a successful production. Including meeting weeks before hand to explore every nook and cranny of our location, which was pretty vast to say the least.  It was during this time that we really formulated the look, feel and pace of the story. For me, it was the first fashion shoot that I ever worked on without a fashion editor, so I had the opportunity to work directly with our wardrobe stylist, Ellen to make the final edit of the clothing that would eventually make it into the feature, which really aided in the narrative that Tom and I wanted to create. In my opinion the shoot was very successful. Tom created a moody, edgy and exciting atmosphere that highlighted the military trend in an explosive way, no pun intended! In the end Stacy Marchelos, Siempre Mujer’s creative director took the story to the next level with a beautiful type treatment for the head line. Our Editor-in-Chief, Cristy Marrero, who thought up the headline “Táctica y Estrategia”, had this to say:

“Táctica y estrategia (Tactic and Strategy) is the name of my all-time-favorite poem written by Uruguayan Mario Benedetti. When I saw the amazing images my art and fashion team shot, and only after recovering from a mind-blowing kind of moment, the verses on this beautiful masterpiece immediately came to me. Being this a military trend inspired story, it just felt like a match made in heaven. Because there is also poetry in fashion…” Cristy Marrero, Editor-in-Chief Siempre Mujer Magazine. 

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For a quick look behind the scenes, check out this video  shot by Haymme Marin.

Photography: Tom Corbett

Wardrobe Styling: Ellen Silverstein

Model: Helena with One Model Management

Hair: Eloise Cheung for WSM

Make up: Brian Duprey for Judy Casey

Props: Tara Marino for BA-Reps.com

Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos

Retouching: Edward Caruso 

Thanks for looking!

D.

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I’m super late posting this, but hey, better late than never. For the April/May 2013 cover of Siempre Mujer, which was shot by Warwick Saint, we featured The Today Show’s, Natalie Morales! It was honestly a great experience working with her. She was sweet and excited to be on set with us. While we were picking the clothes she was going to wear for the shoot Natalie told me,”I’m here to have fun!” Which, was exactly what Warwick and I wanted to hear. Our awesome team consisted of Marie Argenziano (hair), Ja Nina Lee (make up) and Deborah Ferguson (Wardrobe). The cover and cover story was designed by our Creative Director, Stacy Marchelos. Special thanks to Gilda Torres for helping with the coordination. What did Natalie have to say about the shoot? Follow the link and see for your self.  Natalie Morales is cover girl for Siempre Mujer.

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Hey everybody! I’ll be presenting my work at the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District on May 8th from 7pm-8pm! I’ll be talking about my inspirations and showing my illustration work as well as work I’ve done for Siempre Mujer!  Hope you can join me!

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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.

 

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Last night I refined this sketch a little more. I’m trying to form a abstract figure from the flowers, leaves, vines and branches. An alien creature seems to be emerging.

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I’m an Illustrator and I’m a Photo Editor. Rarely do the two worlds ever collide. In fact they’re very much separate. Only recently I’ve decided to start posting my work as a photo editor on my blog. I refrained from doing so in the past because I didn’t want to confuse what ever audience I had. However, now I believe showing this work rounds me out, and it’s a practice that not many illustrators can say they experience. With all that said, I actually got to work on a project  that believe it or not sent my two worlds crashing together. It all started with a call from my friend and wardrobe stylist Ise White, who I’ve collaborated  on many photo shoots with for Siempre Mujer Magazine. She asked me if I’d be interested in doing a project with a new magazine, where she worked as the Fashion Editor, titled “Relapse“.  She told me that I could do WHATEVER I wanted for a ten page fashion story for the books up coming art issue. Once we worked out a few details, I was on board. We both came up with the simple idea of shooting a model in her underwear with her hair pinned back. Then I’d draw in her hair and clothes. She paired me up with the Creative Director of the magazine, photographer Tyler Mitchell. After discussing a few ideas I sent him these rough story boards.

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The next thing I knew, we were on a set, bringing this idea to life.

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Tyler did an initial edit, getting rid of the shots that were totally unusable. Then he sent the rest to me and  I narrowed them down to the shots I thought would work best with the drawings I had planned. I decided the best way to get this done was to print the images out and draw my designs over them on tracing paper. Then I transferred those drawings on to watercolor paper, using my light box and inked them in. Finally, I colored them in photoshop.

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Here’s how the finals came together.

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Photography by Tyler Mitchell. Art by David Cooper. Make up by Suzana Hallili. Model: Mila At MC2.

Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed the process!

D.

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I recently completed a illustration for the back cover of Relapse Magazine, which is a fashion zine featuring gorgeous and creative fashion stories. I actually collaborated with photographer Tyler Mitchell on a ten page story for the title as well. I’ll share those as soon as I can. In the mean time, I wanted to talk about the drawing I did for the back cover for a little while. (I’ll share the final colored illustration once it’s published) I was given free reign to do what ever I wanted. So, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to play around with a subject that I thought pertained to beauty and fashion.

In some Asian and African cultures the idea of the “neck ring” is a symbol of beauty, wealth and status. However, they differ very greatly between the two cultures. In African cultures, particularly the Ndebele people of South Africa, the rings are separate and don’t really create the appearance of an elongated neck. In Asian cultures, particularly in the Kayan culture, the ring is a single coil that can weigh a max of 11lbs. The weight of the coil pushes the clavicle and the rib cage 45 degrees down from their original position creating the appearance of an elongated neck.  At first glance it seems like a rather painful process, and it might be for all I know. However, it does create this idea of what we in the western culture identify with beauty. A long, graceful, swan like neck.  The ancient tradition actually has unknown roots, however from my readings it really does seem to have “some” cultural roots in beauty and status.

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In my drawing I tried to blend the Western and Eastern cultural ideas of beauty to create my own unique take on it. I was very much inspired by the fashions from the age of Marie Antoinette. Luckily enough, I had this copy of Vouge laying around my studio, so I referred to it a lot while working on my drawing. (It wasn’t lucky at all. I got it back in 2006 and saved it because I knew I was going to use it for something. Oh, the confessions of a magazine hoarder.)

The main idea of my drawing was hair as a neck rings. Hair plays such a integral part of beauty, fashion and more importantly life. It can be a symbol of status, wealth, religious devotion or hippie rebellion. The lack of hair also takes on important social stand points. Soldiers, monks and skin heads all shave their heads to show devotion to a specific cause.

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Of course this whole project was fueled by love of drawing hair, but as I came up with the concept I was really blown away by how it all tied in. Anyway, here’s the drawing. I’ll post the final as soon as I can.

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Thanks!

D.

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