After a first cooperation with Urban Decay, for which I turned Make-up-palettes of the NAKED-series into small artworks at Berlins KaDeWe luxury department store on Valentine’s day – the next cooperation followed on the foot. I was convinced I could personalize the palettes even more with capturing the respective person in a portrait drawn on the very palette, and presented my idea towards the wonderul Alina from Urban Decay. What better way to do so than to draw a portrait of her on a personal palette for her of course?
As you can see in the pictures below, Alina liked the idea of mine and so we worked on a turned this idea into a new campaign. At first the bloggers Dagi Bee, Tamtambeauty and Nhitastic were to lucky ones to receive their own personal NAKED-palettes. The long, rectangular shape of the palettes gave me two possibilities regarding the format: either a long panorama or a slim portrait mode. As in the test-version, I decided for the later, to show one half of the faces. The goal was to capture unmistakably the features and the personality of the portrayed person in the illustration.
The foundation for the illustrations in all three palettes was a blended layer of shades of gentle pink tones, combined with gold, to enhance the softness and the glow of the portraits. The contours and all the line work of the drawings I created using Edding markers, as well as Copic markers – which worked surprisingly well with the acrylic spray paint foundation. Somehow the copic markers merged with the acrylic paint, instead of loosening it – a problem that makes drawing on an acrylic spray paint layer quite challenging when using Edding markers. The reason is the different amount of solvents in the markers.
Every artwork starts with an experiment – of course you have a vision, an idea, a goal wich you begin with, figuring out the way towards it bit by bit in the process of creating. Looking at the illustrated palettes in the end was so satisfying for me – especially since spray paint is kind of a new technique for me. What i really like about the result is, how I saw once again that half of what we see, we don’t see with our eyes but with our brain and our memory. Many times a few graphical hints are enough for our brain to complete the information our eyes capture and send to our mind – a human ability that amazes me again and again.