The majority of art modeling work is done solo. Although sessions with two or more models is less commonplace, the opportunity to draw from more than one life subject brings unique challenges for everyone involved. Artists are given choices in figures and portraits, and the models get to work together in a collaborative effort, which is a nice departure from the usual solitary posing. A two model session can mean two models posing separately each on their own platform, or it can be arranged with the two models posing together as one composition.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of posing with Tony Robinson for an all day drawing group in midtown. An outstanding artist’s model, Tony is also an actor, singer, and comic book artist.
Here is Tony drawn by Jean Marcellino. For this and all the drawings in this post, Jean used pastel pencils and NuPastel sticks on different colored papers:
Although by no means a requirement for art modeling, a well-built physique presents human anatomy with impressive clarity, and artists have the opportunity to draw contours and definition. Tony is terrifically fit and muscular as you can see in Jean’s drawing of his back in this standing pose:
I have never been a big prop person with my modeling. I will use one if asked but I have a weird aversion to the practice (I really should get over it at this point!). However, I fully understand that a creatively used prop can add interest, help to form more shapes and lines, and showcase the model in a unique way. A fine example is Tony’s use of his sash in this drawing by Jean:
For the first half of the session Tony and I posed separately. For the second half we set up a joint pose of Tony standing and me sitting in a chair. It looked great from all views and the artists took several minutes walking around us to find their spot. Jean, always fearless when it comes to taking on the tricky angles, chose this excellent composition:
Saturday drawing was really fun and a wonderful, productive day. Thank you Tony and thank you Jean! 🙂