Inspiration can come from anywhere when you’re looking with the right eyes, on this particular occasion it came from beetles.


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It all started with Goliath. One afternoon while stumbling merrily through the world wide web I chanced upon a photo of this African marvel – one of the largest beetles in the world – and became instantly enamored with its fabulous graphic markings. My brain jiggled with joy and immediately started working on how the beauteous Goliath Beetle could be translated onto a human canvas.

With the help and encouragement of fantastic photographer Donatella Parisini, a couple of fabulous headpieces from Louise Lassay Designs (Goliath & Giant Mesquite) and 6 beautiful and wonderfully patient models – the series ‘Beetle Mania’ was born. Each image was inspired by and subsequently named after a particularly glorious member of the beetle world and was painted using only cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics – no carmine here thank you very much!! When all 6 make up looks had been completed and photographed I spent a hefty chunk of time experimenting in Photoshop to add artwork to each hero shot – thank you so much Donatella for giving me free reign to play with the photos!

 

 

More info: donatella.com.au

Goliath

Atlas

Eupholus Browni

Forest Shield Nymph

Giant Mesquite

Picasso

Thanks to our awesome models: Elle May Smith, Kea Kenney, Mollie Hannigan, Ingrid Pullen, Jessie James and Najeya Stremouchiw