Illustrations for J’dez Beauty (I)

I think that seeing my drawings is enough to conclude that I am a beauty lover (beauty addict would be more accurate). I have always loved perfume ads, cosmetics in general and lipsticks in particular.

So, when Jackie Hernandez’s brand, J’dez Beauty (made in USA) got in touch with me a few months ago, I couldn’t be happier. They wanted me to develop the ideas and illustrate the packaging of their first line of liquid matte lipsticks, and yeah, there is nothing better that working on projects that you are passionate about.

The project not only required an illustration able to link the four sides of the boxes with a single design, but also show very well the personality of each lipstick.

Apple Poison, the first, is an intense rouge like the apple of a fairy tale. Dramatic, a bit dark and sexy. On the opposite, Daydream is an innocent and naïve pink, all fantasy and light.

Pics of enchanted forests and the Snow White’s story filled my mood board for Apple Poison. Sakura flowers in bloom, butterflies and unicorns, the one for Daydream.

 

Although there is much more work behind, I would like to share a small part of the process with you:

After working on my mood boards, this was my first proposal for ‘Apple Poisson’, with a garland of roses with thorns, reflecting that duality between beauty and danger (I always send to my clients this kind of sketches, and yes, they’re are incredibly basic and rough, but they work well for the sketch phase).

'Apple Poisson' Sketches for J'dez Beauty by Cristina Alonso
‘Apple Poisson’ Sketches for J’dez Beauty

Although the client liked the idea, she preferred the theme of the enchanted forest for the background, keeping the main figure, the mirror and the crow.

After some revisions, these were the designs approved:

Sketches for J'dez Beauty by Cristina Alonso
Sketches for J’dez Beauty. L. Apple Poisson. R. Daydream

During the process there are often changes in color palettes. I created an emerald green forest, in order to contrast the deep dark reds. The client preferred a background in coffee and earth shades.

'Apple Poison' (color variations) by Cristina Alonso
‘Apple Poisson’ color variations.

As you can see, both illustrations are designed to work in the boxes, linking all sides in a continuous design, respecting texts, logos and other elements that would be added later in the design phase.

Illustrated boxes (mockups) for J'dez Beauty by Cristina Alonso
Illustrated boxes (mockups) for J’dez Beauty. L. Apple Poisson. R. Daydream

They are also designed to work well on their own, to be reproduced for advertising and merchandising purposes.

'Apple Poison' by Cristina Alonso
‘Apple Poison’ for J’dez Beauty.
'Daydream' by Cristina Alonso
‘Daydream’ for J’dez Beauty,

Finally the designer worked on the final elements of design: the logo appears in a fancy 3D gold foil, and some elements have a UV varnishing effect.

Final design for J'dez Beauty
Illustrated packaging for J’dez Beauty.

And done! :)

'Apple Poison' & 'Daydream' Lipsticks
‘Apple Poison’ & ‘Daydream’ Lipsticks

I will be able to update with more product photos soon! Meanwhile, you can treat yourself and purchase these two beauties at: www.jdezbeauty.com ;)

Hope you enjoyed the process!! Love Xx.

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The Scent of Emotions – Illustrations for Glamour Magazine

 

Along with packaging, editorial illustrations are my favorite. They are always a challenge: tight timings, unusual formats, and often force you to squeeze your mind in search of new and ingenious ideas.

I’m excited to work with magazines, and even more so if they are the ones that I follow month after month. This is the case of Glamour.

When the editor-in-chief contacted me and told me about the article they wanted me to illustrate, I did not hesitate for a second (even I was overwhelmed working in two big projects).

I didn’t have much space to imagine this time; the briefing was very specific: 2 illustrations, a couple of jeweled and fancy hands prepared to hold photographed perfumes and the
bust of a woman with the brain exposed (the reference was the classic anatomical illustration of the s.XIX), with certain flowers and fruits around it evoking various aromas. But it could not be dark or dismal, but sweet, springy and chic… something fresh, casual and pretty.

I think the difficulty of giving a beautiful touch to something that is usually unpleasant was what I liked the most (I never say no to a challenge!).

So, here it is the final art and the published article in Glamour Magazine (Spain, April 2017 issue). Enjoy!

'The Scent of Emotions' by Cristina Alonso for glamour Magazine
‘The Scent of Emotions’
'El aroma de las emociones' Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast) Illustrations by Cristina Alonso
‘El aroma de las emociones’ Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast)
'El aroma de las emociones' Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast) Illustrations by Cristina Alonso
‘El aroma de las emociones’ Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast)
'El aroma de las emociones' Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast) Illustrations by Cristina Alonso
‘El aroma de las emociones’ Glamour (Abril 2017, Condé Nast)
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Illustrations for Analeena (I)

I can not express how exciting it is to work for a high level client like this. The luxury brand Analeena contacted me to create several illustrations representing a bag paradise, featuring some of their iconic bags, purses and clutches, as well their new jewelry box. There is no doubt: I could live surrounded by Chancellors!

 

'Parisian Apartment' by Cristina Alonso
Parisian Apartment
'The bag Lady' by Cristina Alonso
The Bag Lady
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