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I have book bag that I bring with me on the train that looks like negligee, which spawned the idea for a "reading is sexy" shoot. Initially the shot was a torso close up with the book bag concealing my unmentionables and a pair of glasses dangling from the other hand. After several awkward attempts, the photographer and I were satisfied and ready to post... until the room mate came in and announced that he didn't get it.

Apparently without the knowledge that my tiny negligee was a book bag there was no way of knowing there was a book inside and defeated the entire purpose.

So we scrapped it. Images should speak for themselves.

I went back to the drawing board and decided since, as James had pointed out, you couldn't tell there was a book in the shot that I would flood the image with piles of my books (god knows I have enough of them) putting the act of reading on a pedestal of literature. In the end I'm much happier with the 2nd edition.

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modeled and edited by me
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:iconrpost61:
rpost61 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
The way you do it... yes. The way I do it... not so much.
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catchmeintherye29 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Writer
dislike the nudity. I think its somewhat sacrosanct
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InEx87 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Good !
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HeavenlyEclipse Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This is done in a very classy way imo :) 
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Black-Arrow-Workshop Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Terrific Image!
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
:)
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Redzero44 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Reading gives you eye and brain cancer!I read that on the internet.....But I'd still join your book club.It would be worth the risk.
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Featured in my journal [link] :reading: :heart:
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:iconilliara:
illiara Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks! :)
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dlphneek Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very true
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Raven--Zero Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful
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kittyrochan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
SUPER JUST LOVE IT!
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sinmt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like what you did to the picture, looks classic, even though you could use some shadows so it looks like your sitting on the ground (if you are that is).. never the less good execution
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Mararda Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hahaha!
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SirXeno Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Hehe if Illiara came with books I deffinatly would become an avid reader =p
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rspeed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been waiting a long time to get a good look at your books.
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JodyPSchaeffer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
...there are books in this shot? :P
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JodyPSchaeffer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Dammit. Not the stupid /lick emoticon. Now it's just creepy.

Fuck you DA for not having an edit button. :pissed:
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illiara Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
haaaahahahaha <3
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JodyPSchaeffer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Oh, fun fact: I didn't realize this was you first time I saw it. I'm not used to the brunette, lol.
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illiara Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Ha! Yep. That is indeed the new do. Super short and ultra black. still toying with shaving it this summer, but it depends on a few things.
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ShadowRC Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Retro and Sexy, and a positive message... In a word... AWESOME!
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Dadward Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think this is great. The concept you are working with is interesting in that it plays off of the old saying "you can't judge a book by it's cover". I'm guessing that the underlying message your saying is that your not just another pretty face. That you gots some brains to go along with these works. Knowing that you are a voracious reader, this sort of imagery makes a lot of sense.
I like how your and Ben approached the overall composition! I dig that weathering thing you've done, and it was really cool reading the processes you and everyone else around you went through to create this work.
By the way, the face you're making in this image is so good.
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Rujero Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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mistressling Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Hot damn I love this entire concept! You two continue to surprise me, <3
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fluffikitten Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes it is lol
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ReekuEx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Dang, yes it is!
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VinRoc Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You said it! lol :) :clap:
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