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Font face – Zapfino

I have been working on my second installment of anthropomorphic fonts for what seems to be ages. Finally, I was able to find the time to pull a weekender and finish writing, editing and assembling everything! So without further ado, here’s what I think Zapfino looks like, if it was a human!

The model I chose for this is lovely Roberta Pazzesque, who also assembled the outfit. What can I say… got to love a jack of all trades!

As per usual, click on the images to see them full size! :-)

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Sacred

It’s probably a little late to be celebrating the new year, but I am quite happy to start 2014 with this set. It’s the first one shot at my new place and it’s the first one I shot using my new background setup… so far, it seems to be working!

Lovely Glow Swanson wanted portraits that weren’t “standard burlesque” fare and showcased her elegant style; I was more than happy to oblige.

First situation: wearing that flower headpiece and veil, the first impression I had was of an intimate dance.

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Next, we drew inspiration from icons and sacred imagery to create a modern day madonna. Fun fact: you will never guess what was the original use of the black tulle halo she is rocking! ;-)

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Back on the saddle!

Getting back into blogging after a break partially due to several vacations, a broken cellphone and most of all the mother of all moves… now that I’ve stopped being surrounded by boxes and I am finally down to the last stages (putting drapes and shelves is downright light compared to all the heavy lifting stuff I had to endure all August!) I can finally focus on something other than the Ikea catalogue.

Before getting into full speed I got to start slow, so here are a couple of commissioned shots that were actually taken in July, but were edited in the new house -when I finally had the time to unbox the computers! A couple of simple promotional portraits of the two lovely Femmes Fatales sisters, in their Sweet Candy burlesque outfits.

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Friday’s links, plus a couple of pics

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These two aren’t enough to prompt a whole post dedicated to them as I already shoot the outfit to death, butI couldn’t resist sneaking them in!

Model: Cleo Viper
Make up: Claudia Malavasi
Outfit: Christina Riminucci

Today’s link list is rather boring, if you don’t like reading articles online. I, on the other hand, have recently discovered the guilty pleasure of reading stuff on my cellphone while on the bus, so here’s my three picks of the week!

History of Emoticons and Emoji from Rhizome.
This very well written article is a must for every designer dealing with icons and pictograms.

Get into an isolation tank and out of your head from Ultraculture.
Having recently experienced a sensory deprivation pod (and having quite liked it!) I’m readying myself for take two -possibly in some big, comfy american version.

A short lesson in perspective by Lindsey Redding.
You get used to reading rants about the advertising word, how it’s a shallow and utterly soulless place ecc ecc. You nod your head, maybe sigh a bit if you’re reading it at 11pm during a computer break, then move on completely unchanged by the words. This article isn’t one of those and it’s even more sobering once you realise that the author died shortly after writing it.

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Hexen

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to spend a busy afternoon with lovely Xarah, who was visiting Italy for the Milan Burlesque Awards -where she managed to snag a trophy for “best performer” too!

Despite having only a small amount of time for the shooting, we managed two outfit changes, both revolving on Xarah’s beautiful leather mask. I also got the chance to use some of my black acrylic nails, which I fashioned into talons… I’m in love with how they turned out and if they weren’t so horribly impractical I would sport these myself everyday, just to scare little children! On a nail-related note, I see more and more elaborate nail art being featured in magazines and media as part of the styling, but it’s only abroad right now… when is this going to finally get over here?

Between work and the fact that I spent the past week buried in bed with the most horrid flu I had in years, I didn’t have the chance nor the inclination to start working… I was still grumpily lamenting my clogged-up state while reading for the nth time Dance Macabre (King’s excellent analisys of the horror genre through media and ages) when I came across this little gem that got me firing up the computer for the first time in a whole week.

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That little tidbit from a Kenneth Patchen poem is the reason a more “standard” postproduction ended up in the dark forest ;-)

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Latex circus

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing something I rarely have a chance to accomplish: a double shoot. I usually work in the cell-like space of my home so there just isn’t enough space to fit two models… not this time, thankfully! We had a whole day to play around with latex and this is one of the resulting sets. You may remember the dripping headbow from my Comic Sans Girl: Miss Viper was so in love with it that commissioned a whole outfit to go with it.

Models: Cleo Viper & Ria E. Mac Carthy
Make up: Claudia Malavasi
Latex: Christina Riminucci & Westwardbound

And also, a super thank you goes to Daniele for helping me maneuver what I now call the Softbox of Doom (TM)

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The hated font – Comic Sans girl

Sometime during the past Christmas holidays I decided that I wanted to try my hand in a continuative, multishoot project: while I stil had free time and was in a somewhat relaxed atmosphere, I brainstormed for ideas and decided that I wanted to bring together my love for typography with my style of portraiture.
As we already (more or less consciously) associate distinct personalities to the more commonly used fonts, I thought that bringing these characters to life would be an interesting project and something that could be worked on and off through the year without having to discard working on other shoots.
Little did I know that I was getting myself into something of insane proportions: first my idea of including a brief history that could help flesh out the character of the font to non-obsessed fontaholics got me researching high and low for material, then my desire to include as many easter eggs about the history of the fonts into each portrait had me switch from one single shot to three, tied together in an editorial setting. Fast forward three months and after a ton of emails, preparations, countless hours of shooting, retouching, trial and error (and of course cursing!) the machine got finally rolling. This is the first of what I hope will be several chapters, enjoy!

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I realise that the text is impossible to read like this, so click on the photos for a larger version! ^_^
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Credits
model:Cleo Viper
make up:Claudia Malavasi
all the rest (type, copy, photos ecc) is from yours truly ^_^

BONUS: here’s a little backstage of the make up process. This was definitely the longest make up job I ever witnessed, lasting more than 10 hours! So kudos to lovely Claudia for the work and to Cleo for being a real trooper trough all of it!

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White on wood

Veloce post del lunedì, dedicato a un lavoro non esattamente nel mio solito stile… pettinature e abiti da sposa!

Hair: Rella’s Eden
Makeup: Monica Firera
Abiti: Margherita Mercandalli e Matteotti Kids
Gioielli: Il giardino del re
Assistant & backstage: Andrea Stillone

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Giusto per rendere ufficiale il fatto che non mangio bambini a colazione, se ci sono brioches disponibili! ;-)

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Cleopatra

Sottotitolo: “ogni tanto torno a fare foto burlesque”. ;-)
Se è vero che recentemente mi sto cercando di staccare da un genere che ha moderatamente sfracassato gli zebedei, quando ho l’opportunità di fare qualcosa di interessante torno volentieri sui miei passi. In questo caso: due persone con cui ho sempre lavorato alla grande, un outfit ancora intonso (altra regola da aggiungere al decalogo: evitare di scattare roba già apparsa altrove), una location che sicuramente sfrutterò di nuovo e la preziosissima lezione che le galline sono animali puzzolenti e antipatici e che pertanto vanno mangiati quanto prima. ;-)

model:Cleo Viper
make up:Claudia Malavasi
outfit: Sara Skull

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Necronomicon nails

Secondo capitolo delle mie manicure libresche. Stavolta è un classico: Necronomicon – The best tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Io adoro Lovecraft… la mia tendenza alla logorrea si trova perfettamente nel suo stile che per molti invece è troppo ampolloso; la cosmogonia che ha creato è stata fondamentale per parecchi autori considerati al giorno d’oggi come i massimi esponenti di horror, fantascienza e fantasy…. ed era un amante dei gatti per cui di default vince tutto.

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Ho svariate raccolte e saggi di mr L. ma questa versione omnibus recuperata in un bookshop londinese e imbarcata a mano al ritorno perchè non stava in valigia è perfetta per farsi una maratona di disgrazie cosmiche (altrui), tentacoli e orrori inenarrabili… certo, bisogna chiudere un occhio sul lettering atroce del titolo, un Papyrus deformato a causa della lunghezza del nome, ma considerando che il Necronomicon è un libro fittizio scritto da un pazzo yemenita, il Papyrus è ancora una scelta ammissibile. ;-)

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Se si parla di Lovecraft si parla di Chtulhu. E se si parla di Chtulhu si parla di tentacoli. Ho ripassato lo smalto nero di base con pennellate di nero glitterato argento per dar più materia al disegno.

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Orrida qualità fotografica, purtroppo, dato che ho usato a)una digicam compatta del secolo scorso e b)ho scattato mentre facevo colazione, ergo in modalità provvisoria.

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