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!
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).
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.
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!
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.