Photographer Mathieu Stern creates striking, often surreal portraits using a variety of vintage lenses and digital techniques. With the spirit of experimentation in mind, he was inspired to collaborate with artists after browsing through images on Instagram posted under the hashtag #DrawThisInYourStyle. The popular art challenge encourages illustrators to recreate art in their own way, and Stern thought it would be interesting to see how artists would translate his photography into digital art.
“I decided to first contact an illustrator asking if they wanted to redraw one of my portraits in their own style,” Stern explains. “I told her that I would create a YouTube video about the process and create the first episode with a team of my favorite artists. She said yes and the result she sent me was so amazing that I started to contact every illustrator I liked on Instagram. One month later, I had 16 participants and I had a great looking video of their processes.”
Each artist was given a different portrait, created by Stern, that they could remake in their own style. As a result, the project shows a wide variety of aesthetics, interpretations, and creative approaches. While some artists produced illustrations very close to the original photograph, others let their imaginations run wild and added cartoon and anime influences to the model. Making this project even more compelling is the accompanying YouTube video that gives us a peek into the process these illustrators took to draw the portraits in their own way.