A few weeks ago after an an action packed day of Viking themed creativity a few of us were chilling out in Donatellas studio winding down from the day when Louise whipped out a portfolio to show us some of her drawings. My jaw dropped. Not only is the woman amazing at costume, styling and set design but good lord she can draw!!! I instantly fell in love with her gorgeous illustrative style and feeling tingles of inspiration wash over me I asked if we could do a collaborative shoot recreating one of her illustrations on our next creative play day...
Four days later we were back in Donatella's studio with the gorgeous Alessia modeling for us once again - though rather then recreating an already existing piece it was decided that doing something totally new would probably work better.
The first thing to decide on was the pose - once we had settled on exactly what position Alessia would be photographed in I set to work covering her in white paint with assistance from Lousie. Next I started the process of outlining her and adding details with black paint - using Louise's drawings as inspiration and also as a reference to ensure that what I was doing was in keeping with her style.
Donatella photographed Alessia in natural light and then used her computer to extract her from the photo and place her on a clean white background - ready for the final part of the process. Once this was complete the image was printed out and presented to Louise who set to work work with her pens and amazing imagination to illustrate around Alessia - resulting in an image I am absolutely in love with that definitely ranks amoung my favourite collaborative pieces to date!
There are definite plans in the works to do a series of collaborative pieces in this style and I literally cannot wait to get going with the next installment!!!! There are actually some rather gorgeous shots Donatella took on the day too with Alessia in different poses - fingers crossed I'll be able to share some of those soon too :)