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Ford model Elyse Saunders has an overactive imagination that leads to some wildly beautiful artwork.

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As Ford’s Elyse Saunders sat in hair and makeup preparing to shoot for Joey No. 3, we couldn’t help but notice that the Canadian model was intensely focused on a small notebook she held in her lap. Its pages were filled with sketches—dreamlike scenes of faces, creatures, flowers and trees. Elyse, it turns out, is a lifelong artist, and after learning that she’s never really shown her work (she does maintain a blog, Tree and Treasure), we pressed the model to explain her creativity. She has a lot to say.

When did you start drawing?
I first remember drawing when I was about three or four. I had this cookie tin full of crayons and always had a stack of paper around. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and when I found out I could create stories and characters and impossible landscapes, I was attached to my tin of crayons and craft supplies. My dad got me my first sketchbook for my fifth birthday, and I was so proud to have it. He gave me a little speech on how special this book was and to take good care of it and not to waste my pages. He said it didn’t matter what I drew in it, so long as I made each page count because I could only use one page a day. I remember I got more serious and would plan, even practicing on scrap sometimes before I started in the book. That’s when I first started drawing my dreams. The first picture in it was of a dream. I still have that book to this day.  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 14th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Karl Rothenberger puts his plain white tee to work with Ford L.A.’s Emily R.

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Photographer Karl Rothenberger caught our eye as we were digging through IMG‘s model portfolios to cast a shoot. Book after book, we noticed the images of a single photographer with a engaging touch, and after digging a little deeper, we discovered Karl’s body of work—simple styling that allowed for his photos to explore tender, intimate sensuality. It’s an honest, naked aesthetic that we’d assume reveals as much about the photographer himself as it does his subjects. Lately, Karl is developing his voice as a storyteller, here—with Ford L.A.’s Emily R. in Joey No. 2—uniting the aftermath of a night out in Los Angeles with a simple, worn white shirt (Karl’s own). Click through the jump to see the rest of the (NSFW) story—as well as more of Karl’s work.

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November 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm