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If you're flying with German Wings over the festive period, have a look at the in-flight magazine. You'll find a 5-page article illustrated by moi, "Spaß im Schnee", or "Fun in the Snow". I was asked to mix my illustrations with photography, showing alternative activities in the snow. It was good to do something a little different.
Here's the magazine, and a better look at the images:
Together we created this lovely series of photographs.
We wanted to create a series of images which would blur between reality and illustration. Hoping that it would be difficult to see what was real and what was not. The illustrations on the vases blend into the paper at the base and back.
The process was quite complicated; trying to get the illustration to line up with the angle of the camera. That was before we even added the flowers!
There was weeks of preparation to create three large panels and paint three vases. I found it quickest and easiest to work wth letraset promakers, which gave a beautiful watercolour texture on the ceramic. Sadly, though, it meant that the vases weren't watertight. They look great in the pictures but are sadly not much use for holding flowers day-to-day.
The day of photoshoot was one of London's warmest days, which meant that the florist had problems of her own, as the flowers misbehaved.
Sadly, we ended up not using all three pieces, as the third and most complcated piece didn't hang together in the set. Experimenting in this way was a great way of finding your limits.
I love doing collaborations like this, with new people and with interesting projects (especially when it gets me away from my desk and into the real world).
Let me know what you think.
It was a great collaboration, working with make up artist, Sam Norman, stylist, Emma Cherry Rolf and model, Samantha Ker . We were also able to use the beautiful creations of the jeweller, Susan O (I have a serious obsession with her necklaces now).
I created both the illustrated backdrop and paper crown for the photoshoot. I then illustrated over the photographs. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.
It was such great fun doing a collaboration. I'm hoping to do many more this year.