New collab and Illustrated pictures

I was recently asked to jump in on a shoot my bf, Richard Ayres had arranged with Beverly Ann photography.

If you haven’t seen a lot of Beverly’s work around yet, I’m sure you will do in the near future. She is a promising young photographer with a clear vision, who also creates props to enhance her concept. I always admire photographers who like to be involved in more than just taking pictures, they are usually edgier with bigger ideas (which in turn means they might like to work with me on some of my big ideas).

For this shoot she had made these oversised demon hands which looked great combined with some black paint that she also applied herself. I love how the image below turned out and the black eyes were such a nice touch.

I was also given permission to edit some of the images from our shoot. I did one set with light pastel colours which I’m holding back until after its publication next month and an other which I can show you now.

I started off by just doing a beauty retouch and cleaning up a few things.

I did actually consider cropping this last one but decided I liked the large white space.

Models: Myself (Biomechanina) and the beautiful Jess Sevensin who you will most likely see featured here again soon!

After editing the photos as you see them above, I wanted to add something extra. I experimented a few times by making the background darker or adding some clouds but neither of these worked for me. I then remembered that I had wanted to produce a set of images with my own illustrations over the top of them for a while and these would be perfect.I did a bit of online research to find some examples that might inspire me. I have posted some on tumblr.

I have been working on some illustrations for an upcoming t-shirt line recently and most of my illustrations feature faces and insects. There were already faces in these images so I decided to draw insects, mainly moths, butterflies and dragonflies. I also added a couple of other natural and dark themes I felt were relevant.

The outcome:

What I really liked about this is that the drawings didn’t have to be great to look effective. Most of them were just quick doodles but they really transformed the feel of the images. I tried quite a lot of different things as it was my first attempt at something like this but I will definitely be doing more in the future and may produce some more concise sets with a preset theme. In these images the illustrations were drawn separately and applied onto the pictures using photoshop but I would also like to try printing the pictures out and painting on them as well as drawing electronically.

If anyone else tries something similar (or does any sort of work combining photography and illustration) I’d love to see!


  1. pernicketypony 26th June 2012 / 9:06 am

    You girls are so beautiful! I wish I had a teenth of your style and grace.

    These pictures are amazing (those demon hands!!!). I really like the effect you’ve created by adding your own illustartions over the top. I particularly like the one with the black tears.

    On a side note, I’d love to buy some of your clothing, but am a little uncertain about whether latex would “work” on a pear-shaped figure. Any comments or advice?

    • aestheticcontradiction 26th June 2012 / 1:57 pm


      Thanks for all the kind words! I’m glad you like my work 🙂 I think latex is flattering on all types of figures, you just have to know what suits you as with regular clothing. I think high waisted skirts look great with pear shaped figures and are easy to wear in a variety of situations so maybe you could try something like that first? Have a look at the tail mini or tail pencil skirt on The length and details can be adapted to suit your needs but just to give you an idea. There are tons of accessories that you can team them up with 🙂
      S. x

  2. ellie 26th June 2012 / 5:21 am

    these are rad! ive been doing some similar work with etched 4X5 negatives recently but unfortunately have no scans of them yet! great work and super awesome!

    • aestheticcontradiction 26th June 2012 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks! If you do get scans feel free to drop me a link, it sounds really interesting! S.x

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