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Watch Danny Roberts Illustrate All 69 of IMG’s Models Using Colored Pencils and Candy

13 Sep

As I used to work at Next I am big into fashion, not to mention being an aspiring designer and a woman 🙂 So when I came across this articles regarding colouring over the top of images with coloured pencils and candy, I thought it was bonkers and had to look into it more. Here’s the article, see what you think.

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Before each fashion season, all the big modeling agencies put out show packages featuring their roster of leggy beauties, complete with their measurements, so designers can cast their shows and campaigns. Think of them sort of like model baseball cards–all the essential stats are there. And lately, agencies have started to get a bit creative with them. Last season IMG turned out the most creative show package, transforming their models into classical paintings. You’d think it would be hard to top. But they have.

This season, IMG recruited super talented fashion illustrator Danny Roberts to illustrate and decorate all 69 of its models for their spring package. In three days. So how did he do it?

“Since I only had three days to color 138 pictures [Ed. note: That’s two drawings per model], I knew I didn’t have too much time to plan out each page, so I did whatever was the first idea that popped into my head,” Roberts told us. “I basically, gave myself a minute to come up with an idea, then it was approximately 11 minutes per page.”

The entire process is captured on video and as you can see, while Roberts works mostly with colored pencils, crayons, and pastels, candy plays a big role. When I asked him about his favorite drawings, he told me they were the ones that included candy. “The image of Kori I painted by dipping Good & Plenties into warm water, then rolling it over the page.”

Take a look at Roberts in action and click through to see the full show package, including Joan Smalls, Jessica Stam, Charlotte Free and so many more.