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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

Work / Photography

An insight into shooting the Creative Review annual cover

The cover of this year’s Creative Review annual has been unveiled, and it’s a depiction of a supermodel unlike any other – transforming Daria Werbowy into an eerie, ethereal, coral-like form. The cover was shot by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, who created the image with the help of floral sculptures by flower artist Rebecca Louise Law, prop-makers FBFX and VFX studio Analog. As with previous years’ covers, the picture forms a somewhat abstract “A.” Former designers, who also created an “A”-based image for the cover, include Morag Myerscough and Minivegas.

“Images feature a digital double of Werbowy wrapped in a floral sculpture,” the photographers explain. “[She] was photographed using a custom 3D scanning rig built by FBFX…which fires over 100 DSLR cameras simultaneously, capturing still and moving subjects from every angle in just a few seconds.

“Digital models of Werbowy were then rendered by Analog. This involved creating highly detailed, realistic CG flowers and foliage, as well as the striking textures applied to Werbowy’s skin.”

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Creative Review annual cover work-in-progress shot

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Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones: Daria on set for Creative Review annual cover shoot