I woke up this morning with a footache. Is that a word? There’s headache and toothache and backache. I now officially coin the term “footache”. :adds “lexicographer” to resume: The all day, six-hour standing pose I did Friday at the New York Academy of Art is responsible for my footache. Yes, such pain and strain can last for 48 hours easily. A good reflexology treatment would be perfect right now. Reflexology is awesome! Foot massage heaven 🙂
People assume that art models always have sore feet, but actually we don’t – UNLESS we do six hour standing poses, of course. But under normal circumstances, models divide their time among shorter standing poses, sitting, and reclining. Hence the pain is dispersed throughout the entire body. Much better! :saracastic:
The feet are the ignored, forgotten workers during quick standing poses, and artists are too busy capturing the body’s gesture that they pay little attention to them, sketching them in only as vague, generic, boot-like shapes that require just a couple of pencil strokes. No detail, no character. How sad! Come on, guys, let’s give props to the feet – down below, overlooked, inconspicuous, too pedestrian to pay any mind (get it? Too “pedestrian”? Haha).
Think about how critical the feet really are in creating the overall look of a standing pose. Just lifting a heel changes the entire appearance of the leg. Placing full pressure down on a heel solidifies the body’s weight in that leg. Positioning a foot rotated outward, dancer-style, turns the leg beautifully to enhance inner and outer thigh muscles. And balance? I don’t even know where to start with balance. Yes, much of it comes from the core muscles, but the feet must also cooperate. It’s essential. With me, for example, my core is pretty strong but my ankles are small and rather weak. I’ve often felt stable in my abs but still lost my balance due to my wimpy feet.
To honor the art model’s unsung working feet, here are some pictures of me doing standing poses, taken by Fred in his studio. Just the FEET of standing poses. The old reliables. No hips, no torsos, no arms, no faces. Can you determine what’s happening above, out of sight? Hmm . . . mysterious. Consider the shadows, the weight shifts, etc. Our fun little Museworthy game 🙂