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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Marion, La Belle de Nuit

Marion by Cristina Alonso

Illustrated portrait of the stunning Marion Cotillard, one of my favorite actresses of all time. Exploring with bold brush strokes and a bit of turquoise this time.

(But the way… cannot wait for the new Macbeth film to come out in theatres!)

Marion by Cristina Alonso
Marion
Marion by Cristina Alonso
‘Marion’ · WIP (Work In Progress)
Marion by Cristina Alonso (Editorial, Jewels for Chopard)
Jewels for Chopard
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Oh My Boy!

Oh My Boy! by Cristina Alonso

There are two things that obsess women: shoes and bags (at least in fashion, I mean).

And there are no more iconic bags that fuse modernity with savoir-faire that the Chanel ones. Reinterpreting one of my oldest fashion illustrations, here I bring a new one: ‘Oh my Boy!’ (presenting obviously Chanel’s Boy bag in a irrésistible peachy palette).

 

Oh My Boy! by Cristina Alonso
Oh My Boy!
Oh My Boy! WIP by Cristina Alonso
Oh my Boy! · WIP (Work In Progress
Oh My Boy! by Cristina Alonso
That Bag (Editorial)

And here my illustration ‘Mon Amour 2.55’ (sharing my love for the 2.55 bag this time), oldie from more than three years ago. I really like to compare them both and see how my artwork has become cleaner, with bolder strokes and more attention to detail. But the keys of my style were already there.

Mon Amour 2.55 by Cristina Alonso
Mon Amour 2.55 (from 2012)
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Crowning Glory (Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine)

'Crowning Glory' (Wahingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine).

A few months ago, I was commissioned by Washingtonian Magazine to create a beautiful collection of six (6) illustrations of different floral crowns worn by brides, for the next Washingtonian Bride & Groom‘s bridal issue.

This time I had to work against the clock, since all -the documentation phase, development and completion of the six illustrations-, had to be done in just three days, due to the time frames of the printing house. I remember that I was contacted by creative director on a Friday late night, from Washington, after weeks of intense work without rest or a free weekend. I was begging for a weekend of peace, I was exhausted, but I said: it’s a challenge. You can do it!

Sometimes editorial and advertising illustration projects require a very fast workflow, and this time was quite challenging for me. But I try place high demands on myself at work and I love challenges, so… here is the result!

Collection of six floral crowns worn by brides: Top: Delicate, Braided, Whimsical. Bottom: Tropical, Halo, Bold. By Cristina Alonso.
Collection of six floral crowns worn by brides:
Top: Delicate, Braided, Whimsical.
Bottom: Tropical, Halo, Bold.
'Delicate', 'Whimsical' & 'Halo' Sketches (Work In Progress) by Cristina Alonso.
‘Delicate’, ‘Whimsical’ & ‘Halo’ Sketches (Work In Progress).
'Crowning Glory' (Wahingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine).
‘Crowning Glory’ (Wahingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine).
Washingtonian Bride & Groom: 6 Easy DIY Floral Crown Hairstyles.
Washingtonian Bride & Groom: 6 Easy DIY Floral Crown Hairstyles.

In addition to the printed copy of the magazine, you can read the article ‘6 Easy DIY Floral Crown Hairstyles‘ on Washingtonian’s blog and see the six live illustrations.

Bride & Groom Magazine (Winter 2015).
Bride & Groom Magazine (Winter 2015).
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