This has been the busiest summer of art modeling that I’ve had to date. It’s almost as if God or the spirits or the cosmic energies of counterbalance are aware of how much I desperately need this gratifying work to keep me from stumbling into the abyss of personal torments. I’m sorry if that sounds hyperbolic, but it’s the only explanation that makes sense to me. From sculpture at the New York Academy of Art to joyous sessions at Minerva’s drawing studio, summer pre-college portfolio classes at FIT and Molloy College and ‘Figure al Fresco’ at Battery Park, I’ve been an artist’s model this summer far more than I’ve been a sunbather – and that’s saying a lot because I love sunbathing!

Amidst all this summer work the highlight, without a doubt, has been private modeling sessions with Steven Assael, the living master of representational art. Besides the great pleasure of getting to know him as a person, it’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch him work. The steadiness of his hand, the precision of his fingertips rubbing as he blends and shades, and the focus of his gaze, are in themselves a display of ‘art’ in a way. Creation in action, unfolding before your eyes. While posing for the drawing below I felt almost in a trance!

And these are some sketches of my short poses by Steve, in different tools and paper, from my very first session in his studio. Love these 🙂

And a quick note for my New Yorker readers; the exhibition “Armenia!” is opening at Metropolitan Museum next month on September 22nd. It sounds amazing. This Armenian girl is looking forward to it!

6 thoughts on “Lifeline

  1. Dave says:

    That first drawing is incredible—it’s truly photorealistic. How cool it must be to pose for someone who can do that.

    I’m glad that the modeling gigs are giving you some solace. I totally get that. I hope the personal torments fade this fall.

    • artmodel says:


      I must admit, it is cool to pose for someone who can do that! A great experience in every way. As for my personal torments, I’m not hopeful that they have any chance of fading this fall. But there’s always art modeling 🙂

      Thanks so much for your comments! Hope you’re having a wonderful summer.


  2. Bill says:

    It sounds like you’ve had a good Summer — certainly the results that you’ve posted here attest to that. Glad to hear that. But, you know, there’s still a little Summer left — still time to get away for a day trip or two, at least — eh? 🙂

    • artmodel says:


      Funny you should mention that, because I am taking a day to trip to Boston! What a coincidence!
      LOL. I’ll see you soon, friend. Looking forward 🙂


  3. Scott M says:

    Dave is right – the first drawing is truly awesome and incredible.

    Claudia, personal torments can go away – mine did.

    • artmodel says:


      Thank you so very much. It’s difficult at times. Doing the best I can. And I agree with you 100% about Steven’s drawing. Pretty spectacular.

      Thanks again for your comments!


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