I promised my readers that I would post an image of artwork from the New York Academy as soon as I could get one. Well, I am a woman of her word. After just a few weeks of posing down there, I already have a great drawing to share with all of you. And the timing couldn’t be better, as this really helps to prod me out of my giddy blogging funk.
This pencil drawing was created in Chris Pugliese’s Friday atelier class by Barbara Fail. Barbara is a gifted artist of many talents. She draws, she paints, she sculpts, and I hope I have the opportunity to pose for her again. This one was a doozy! Yes my right arm is leaning into the wall, yes my right foot is raised, and yes the pose was tough as hell. But well worth it I’d say. Only once during the seven six-hour sessions did I have to step out of the pose completely, just to drop that arm for a few seconds and shake out my wrist. Otherwise I hung in there pretty well.
The lighting was set up beautifully by Chris, with the figure half lit and half in shadow. It was a challenge for the artists to capture the “emergent” quality of the model, materializing through subtle values of lights and darks. The standing pose being “active” adds even more interest and movement. A touch different from the garden-variety contrapposto.
So this is me in my first ever modeling assignment at the New York Academy of Art, through the eyes and hand of Barbara Fail. Many thanks to her for letting me take a picture to share on Museworthy: