Behind the Inspiration: A Playful Twist on Photography + Illustration


Michelle Villas (Art Director) and her counterpart, Christine Georgiades (Graphic Designer), combined their creative spirits to come up with a killer concept for this year’s Top Teens: 10 to Watch feature in Ventura Blvd magazine. Here they give us some insight behind their playful inspiration.

Top Teens is different from our other features in that it’s recurring and we do a version of it each year.  This gives us the challenge of coming up with new and engaging ways to present these kids.  Last year while in the middle shooting Top Teen I had the idea of combining illustration and photography for the piece.  We wanted to find a fun way to showcase what makes these kids unique and thought that through illustration we could draw attention to their talents. We pulled some inspiration and the editors agreed to the concept. After we got final shots, Christine worked on some comps so we could come to a final style for the drawings.  We wanted to make sure we had something graphic and bold that felt youthful and fun to go along with the feel of Top Teens.

Read more about the Valley’s accomplished teens — their talents and motivation will seriously blow your mind.

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