It has been one year since I began working as a figure model for fashion illustration and comic book/manga drawing classes at The School of The Art Institute. In that time, I’ve gone from donning inventive fashions to posing as various super heroes/villains. Collaborating via the human body to capture an image with pen and paper has allowed me to hone my visual creativity. Figure modeling has kept me on my toes (literally)!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the comic book/manga illustration classes. Nothing has been nearly as satisfying as having artists approach me to pose as iconic characters like Link, Beast Boy, and Naruto. It was thrilling to interpret stances, actions, and expressions inspired by the students’ concept art. I’ll often share a mutual understanding of themes, backstories, and plot points within the world of the source material presented the students’ illustrations. Fusing subgenres and points of personal passion (manga, yaoi, videogames) into my work as an actor fuels my artistry. My body language, point of view, and focus (holding poses for 45 minutes ain’t easy) have leveled up in ways that boost my confidence while using my physical instrument.
Special thanks To Dijana Granov and Laura Mae Noble for the opportunity to collaborate in your classrooms. Two talented teachers who have been an absolute joy to learn from and work with. HUGE SHOUTOUT to the effervescent, dynamic, and consummate creative professional Ms. B LaRose. The two of us have been paired in countless classes and our synergy has been one my greatest takeaways from this work thus far! You are a star, B!