Belinda Xia Illustration x The Sleek Ave
Aki from The Sleek Avenue is one of those cool cats with cool hair, cool shoes and cool shots.
When I approached her to do a collaboration, we were both like "YES, BUT HOW?!" (There's a lesson for you folks, have a game plan...)
I showed her a few images on my Pinterest board (this one, follow me while you're there!), and suggested a few things... (maybe add some typography? Some animals?) - all I really wanted was a beautiful image to layer illustrations over.
A few weeks later, she sent over a beautiful image with a blank blue background - a blank blue canvas for me!
We discussed some ideas - I commented on (slash jealously eyed) her Gucci bag and she suggested using Alessandro Michele's work as inspiration. Immediate thoughts: Alessandro is a GOD - my work would be a pale comparison! But I'm going to bloody well try.
I started off with some research - we'd decided to do a surreal forest-y vibe (similar to the Gucci motifs incorporating insects etc). Pinterest is usually my go-to when I need inspiration - I sourced some butterfly imagery from the Montreal Insectarium where my husband and I honeymooned, had a look at what lived on forest floors (spoiler: weird lookin' mushrooms) and went from there.
I decided on a line illustration style so that Aki would still be the centre of attention, and wanted a bit of interactivity.
THEN, to make it next level (and because I'm obsessed with stop motion at the moment), I made it come alive!
Shop her style below:
I'm secretly super chuffed and happy with how this turned out. Let me know what you think!
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