2014-12-19

Cinderella x Valentino - Last Metro Home


What if Cinderella lives in 2015?
How did the prince find her?

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The fairy tale of Cinderella was one of my favourites since my childhood.  I couldn't help wonder : why I've drawn this scene again and again since I was 5 years old (honestly, about 100 times I guess)? The scene that Cinderella dropped her crystal shoe on the stairs. What do I really enjoy drawing it? The beauty of separation? The lost and found expectation? Or just simply we could see every nice elements in one image? - The dress, the prince, the shoes and the palace? 

Till now, I still cannot find out the answer... There was something fascinates me. Oh well, is it that important to know the reason? 

The thing was I was very excited when Mister Marcus (DrawADot) approached me for this project: A fairy tale Christmas postcard inspired by Valentino collections. What a nice occasion to review my childhood! Then the first thing popped up in my mind was this Cinderella scene (What a surprise!) 

"What would Cinderella be like now? "

When I was "casting" my models, I ran into the photos of the couple Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl. They really have the Prince and Princess vibes. And that was it.  

With my weekly column Calepin de Ben in journal Métro newspaper in Montreal, I've been sketching subway passengers from different cultures almost 2 years... How about starring Cinderella this time? Dear Montrealers, could you tell from the illustration: which subway station is this?

For the clothing, I was really in love with this heart-blue-dress for Cinderella (Olivia Palermo), from Valentino F/W 2014, and the burgundy leather top for the prince (Johannes Huebl) from S/S 2015 menswear. And for sure, the star of 2014: #RockStuds as the crystal shoes. (Red never goes wrong for Holidays right? )

Finally, guess what I received as my X'mas gift? Voilà :)


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So that's pretty much the making-of story of this illustration.
How do you like it?

I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Wish your dreams come true in 2015!





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