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Here’s a story board I created for Siempre Mujer’s Dec/Jan 2014 Fashion Feature. The back drops are cell phone shots I took while scouting with photographer Tom Corbett, who eventually shot the story. The inspiration for the feature was Cinderella, a concept that our then fashion editor, Haymme Marin dreamed up, right before moving on from Siempre Mujer. When Tom and I were scouting we instantly knew that we wanted to inject this story with as much drama as humanely possible to show off the dresses. So, we decided to create a dark and moody setting using a smoke machine and a cathedral lighting. As always, we needed to find the right model to fit the role of our “Cinderella”. While casting, I tried to find a model who looked somewhat innocent, but who could also evoke a level of edge and sophistication. Here’s who we decided on.

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Equally as important, we had to find a stylist who could pull the dramatic dresses that we needed for the story. We decided to go with Cannon from Judy Casey and he DID NOT disappoint. Hair was done by George Ortiz with Contact NYC and Make up was done by Javier Romero. Manicure by Titilayo Bankole with BA-Reps. With the team assembled, we got busy..

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Here are two behind the scene shots  documenting our production, taken by our Executive Editor Zuania Capo.

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Photo by Zuania Capo

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Photo by Zuania Capo

To learn a little more about our shoot check this link:

http://www.ba-reps.com/news/tom-corbett-s-cinderella-in-central-park

Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos

Photo Editor: David Cooper

Photography: Tom Corbett

Wardrobe: Cannon

Market Editor: Erin Mcsherry

Hair: George Ortiz

Make up: Javier Romero

Happy New Year and stay warm!

D.

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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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