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Avid Light Modeling – Web Newsletter & Update

Periodically updated by Avid with scheduling, announcements, and general info

 

 

CALLS FOR ARTISTS’ INPUT

 

My goal is to bring variety and creativity to my figure modeling, including different themes for planned sessions. At the bottom of this newsletter is a table with a ‘menu’ of theme titles and descriptions I can interpret. I keep adding to that list as ideas evolve. I welcome hearing from artists anytime items from the menu that interest them, or their own ideas/variations.  Email is usually best:  avid44444@avidlightmodel.com   (but omit all “4s” …just an anti-bot trick)

 

I also pre-select a few options I will use to plan my next round of open modeling sessions based on artists’ input.

ARTISTS: Email or Message me with your top-3 picks to vote for next round of themed sessions, to be scheduled late April into May! Use the table at the bottom.

 

Email me any time to indicate interest in other listed themes for future sessions.  Meanwhile check the schedule!

 

MODELING SCHEDULE (also see “current themes – more info” below the chronological event list)

 

Events open to artists interested in work or practice with a life model. These are all events I am hosting and/or for which I am modeling; see availability for private bookings further below. Session-specific details are included with each listing; additional general info and FAQs can be found at the end of this newsletter.

 


 

APR. 8 Thursday, 12:00-2:00pm EDT (1600-2000 UTC) 2hr

THEME:  “QUICK, THE DETAILS!” (#004D) Short poses zoomed/cropped to emphasize portions of the figure

TYPE: Uninstructed drawing/painting session with male life model draped or cropped to ‘Facebook friendly’ level.  All ages welcome.

COST/REGISTRATION: $14 donation requested or pay-what-you-can. Self-register with requested donation using Yondo event link or see below for additional options. Yondo event link:

https://avid.yondo.com/webinar/live-2hr-themed-life-modeling-for-artists-004/14423

 

APR. 11 Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm EDT (1700-2000 UTC) 3hr

THEME:  “SHINE ON” (#029U) with Special Guest Model: Jalene  Long poses with oil, metallic paint, and/or other materials along with lighting to emphasize reflectivity and sheen on the figure for an interesting drawing/painting challenge

TYPE: Uninstructed drawing/painting session with undraped male life model; must be age 18+ or have parental permission to attend.

COST/REGISTRATION: $20 donation requested or pay-what-you-can. Self-register with requested donation using Yondo event link or see below for additional options. Yondo event link:

https://avid.yondo.com/webinar/live-3hr-themed-life-modeling-for-artists-029/14426

 

APR. 13 Tuesday, 7:00-10:00pm EDT (2300-0200 UTC) 3hr

THEME:  “THE DETAILS, DRAWN OUT” (#005U) Long poses zoomed/cropped to emphasize portions of the figure

TYPE: Uninstructed drawing/painting session with undraped male life model; must be age 18+ or have parental permission to attend.

COST/REGISTRATION: $20 donation requested or pay-what-you-can. Self-register with requested donation using Yondo event link or see below for additional options. Yondo event link:

https://avid.yondo.com/webinar/live-3hr-themed-life-modeling-for-artists-005/14424

 

CURRENT THEMES – More Info

 

 

“QUICK, THE DETAILS!” (#004U) Short poses zoomed/cropped to emphasize portions of the figure &

“THE DETAILS, DRAWN OUT” (#005U) Long poses zoomed/cropped to emphasize portions of the figure

 

Unless otherwise noted, the following applies to all sessions in this theme

 

PLATFORM: Online via Yondo webinar *   You can usually self-register up until the last minute, but please try to register in advance.

 

To request free trial access, pay a different amount, or use an alternative payment method please email Avid directly at least one hour prior to the session so access can be arranged. Payment/tip options:  Cash App ($AvidLight), Venmo (Avid-Light), PayPal (paypal.me/avidlight1)

 

PLAN: Emphasis for sessions in this theme will be cropped/detail views of portions of the male figure for practice or work. Posing and lighting, combined with the zoomed-in views, will sometimes provide interesting abstract forms and sometimes anatomical detail to practice things like proportion. In “Quick, The Details!” (004) sessions, poses will be short and rapid (ranging about 1m to 10m) to challenge your interpretation or rendering of portions of the figure. “The Details, Drawn Out” (005) sessions include longer poses of cropped figure areas up to 20+ minutes so artists can work on detail, accuracy, and/or more creative interpretations of the human form.   Specific pose flow announced at the beginning of each session (and/or shortly before).

 


“SHINE ON” (#029U)

Long poses with oil, metallic paint, and/or other materials along with lighting to emphasize reflectivity and sheen on the figure for an interesting drawing/painting challenge

 

For all sessions in this theme

 

PLATFORM: Online via Yondo webinar *   You can usually self-register up until the last minute, but please try to register in advance.

 

To request free trial access, pay a different amount, or use an alternative payment method please email Avid directly at least one hour prior to the session so access can be arranged. Payment/tip options:  Cash App ($AvidLight), Venmo (Avid-Light), PayPal (paypal.me/avidlight1)

 

PLAN: In this experimental series, things may get a little messy! Inspired somewhat by prior work with a photographer, the goal will be to add extreme reflectivity or sheen in each pose for artists to work with.  While the set and props will otherwise be kept minimal, this approach adds an entire new dynamic including extreme highlights interesting ‘shine’ effects that may not always be predictable. This kind of shoot can take on an erotic edge, but we’ll keep this in the range of the artistic whether it tilts towards eroticism or not. We’ll probably work with at least 2 different types of sheen effects in each session.  The March 20 session will have mostly short poses (5 to 15m); the March 23 and April 11 sessions will include more longer poses (20m or more).  Specific pose flow announced at the beginning of each session (and/or shortly before).

 

 

PRIVATE BOOKINGS


 

ONLINE/VIRTUAL

 

Private appointments cost a little more than pre-scheduled webinars and open group sessions, but allow you as artist to choose your own scheduling, pose flow, and details within my abilities. There are two basic types available.

 

1-to-1 session technology allows private live video interaction, without requiring special software or accounts. This method is best for an individual artist, or can work for about 2 to 4 artists who are located together and sharing one computer or device to display the model view. (Participation of more than artist in a 1-to-1 sessions requires my awareness and authorization in advance).

 

To check my calendar availability, pricing, and to book me directly visit my Live 1-to-1 overview page.  There, click "Additional info" under one of the listings or click "book now" and click through to select me as 'team member' and a date/time. Be sure to provide accurate contact info so we can confirm and coordinate details before the session. It’s best to email me also to give me a heads-up on your intentions for the session, including any preparations we should coordinate.

 

Private Webinars can also be arranged for small groups or classes up to 25 people.  Although webinar attendees cannot interact by video or audio (only text chat), with some preparation it is feasible for me to arrange a ‘guest presenter’ such as to enable instructor or artist demo from their separate location. In this setup, the other presenter and I can decide whether the attendees are viewing/hearing the model view, instructor view, or both at any given time.

 


IN-PERSON

 

Subject to availability and certain conditions, I can be booked for in-person figure modeling sessions for individual artists or groups working in painting, drawing, sculpture, or photography. This includes the Washington DC/Annapolis area; more distant assignments considered if time & travel are feasible and compensated.

 

In-person bookings and rates are based on specific availability and agreement to be coordinated, so please contact me to inquire.  Don’t hesitate to inquire about any sort of idea or project. Particularly while the pandemic is active, my agreement to model on an in-person basis depends on confidence that essential precautions are being practiced.

 

MY THEME MENU

 

I maintain and add to this table to list session types and theme ideas I’m capable of working with, to help general brainstorming and inspire planning.

 

In the “Code” column:  D=draped/clothed, U=undraped/nude, C=costume.

 

Code

#

Theme CATEGORY and Type or Title

Description

Avid Use

Count

 

 

 

 

009D

ANATOMY: Extremities

Legs, Feet, Arms, and/or Hands highlighted for detail practice/work

1

012D

ANATOMY: Head/Neck

Head (including face), Neck, top of shoulders highlighted for detail practice/work

 

011D

ANATOMY: Torso Lower

Abs, Pelvis, Hips, Lower Back, Glutes highlighted for detail practice/work (draped/modest)

 

011U

ANATOMY: Torso Lower

Abs, Pelvis, Hips, Lower Back, Glutes highlighted for detail practice/work (explicit)

 

010D

ANATOMY: Torso Upper

Chest, Upper Back, Shoulders highlighted for detail practice/work

 

010U

ANATOMY: Torso Upper

Chest, Upper Back, Shoulders highlighted for detail practice/work

 

042C

CHARACTER: Civil War

Character style portrait/figure of a Union General and/or a Confederate soldier

 

007C

CHARACTER: Formally-Costumed Figure

Whole or most figure costumed as 'character' in formal attire (uniform, suit etc)

1

021C

CHARACTER: Peasants and Princes

A “rags and riches” mix using props, poses, jewelry, costume to interpret “characters” from opposite social extremes – the commoners and royalty (costumed)

 

021U

CHARACTER: Peasants and Princes

A “rags and riches” mix using props, poses, jewelry, costume to interpret “characters” from opposite social extremes – the commoners and royalty (nude)

1

041C

CHARACTER: Warrior

Character style portrait/figure with costuming inspired by knights, archers, mercenaries etc. (costume)

 

035D

CONCEPT POV Overhead

Poses working with unusual/dramatic overhead camera positions (viewed from above figure) (draped/modest)

 

035U

CONCEPT POV Overhead

Poses working with unusual/dramatic overhead camera positions (viewed from above figure) (nude)

1

014D

CONCEPT: Angles and Lines -- Detail

Cropped/close-up views with angular poses and lighting set to emphasize bold and/or interesting lines on small portions of the figure (draped/modest)

 

014U

CONCEPT: Angles and Lines -- Detail

Cropped/close-up views with angular poses and lighting set to emphasize bold and/or interesting lines on small portions of the figure (explicit)

 

013D

CONCEPT: Angles and Lines -- Whole

Angular poses with whole-figure views and lighting set to emphasize bold and/or interesting lines on the figure (draped/modest)

 

013U

CONCEPT: Angles and Lines -- Whole

Angular poses with whole-figure views and lighting set to emphasize bold and/or interesting lines on the figure (nude)

1

025D

CONCEPT: Bodypainted – Artists’ Choice

From menu of bodypaint colors and design options, artists ‘vote’ to select body parts to paint for each pose and build a group bodypaint design (draped/modest)

 

025U

CONCEPT: Bodypainted – Artists’ Choice

From menu of bodypaint colors and design options, artists ‘vote’ to select body parts to paint for each pose and build a group bodypaint design (nude)

1

030D

CONCEPT: Bodypainted – Paint-By-Number

Specific areas of body are labeled with #s; artists use numbers to select, direct colors/patterns (draped/modest)

 

030U

CONCEPT: Bodypainted – Paint-By-Number

Specific areas of body are labeled with #s; artists use numbers to select, direct colors/patterns (explicit)

1

017D

CONCEPT: Dangerous Times

Specialized theme with poses and props (traditional weapons, protective devices etc) that elicit concepts of strife, conflict, struggle (draped/costumed/modest)

1

017U

CONCEPT: Dangerous Times

Specialized theme with poses and props (traditional weapons, protective devices etc) that elicit concepts of strife, conflict, struggle (nude)

 

006D

CONCEPT: Doing Things

Poses inspired by specific activities, may include practical props (modesty)

2

006U

CONCEPT: Doing Things

Poses inspired by specific activities, may include practical props (nude)

2

022D

CONCEPT: Duality

Poses/lighting/composition playing with concepts duality even within one’s own identity – reflections, shadows, alternates, daemons, ghosting, etc. (draped/modest)

 

022U

CONCEPT: Duality

Poses/lighting/composition playing with concepts duality even within one’s own identity – reflections, shadows, alternates, daemons, ghosting, etc. (nude)

 

023D

CONCEPT: Duo Quick-Draw with Props

Collaboration with another model featuring a “dual” in which each model reacts to and interprets poses to work with artist-selected props (draped/clothed/modest)

1

023U

CONCEPT: Duo Quick-Draw with Props

Collaboration with another model featuring a “dual” in which each model reacts to and interprets poses to work with artist-selected props (nude)

 

016D

CONCEPT: Fabrics and Materials

Poses that incorporate cloth and other materials with the figure, adding drawing/painting challenge to handle texture and flow of materials (draped/modest)

1

016U

CONCEPT: Fabrics and Materials

Poses that incorporate cloth and other materials with the figure, adding drawing/painting challenge to handle texture and flow of materials (nude)

 

015D

CONCEPT: Interesting Perspectives

Mix of whole-figure poses viewed from different interesting and/or unusual vantage points to help practice foreshortening and perspective (draped/clothed/modest)

 

015U

CONCEPT: Interesting Perspectives

Mix of whole-figure poses viewed from different interesting and/or unusual vantage points to help practice foreshortening and perspective (nude)

 

026D

CONCEPT: Into Shape(s)

Poses working with somewhat abstract fitness or activity-oriented shapes, such as interacting with a yoga ball or strenuous pose (clothed/draped)

 

026U

CONCEPT: Into Shape(s)

Poses working with somewhat abstract fitness or activity-oriented shapes, such as interacting with a yoga ball or strenuous pose (nude)

 

029D

CONCEPT: Shine On!

oil, liquid, metallic paint and lighting used emphasizing sheen/reflectivity (draped/modest)

 

029U

CONCEPT: Shine On!

oil, liquid, metallic paint and lighting used emphasizing sheen/reflectivity (explicit)

3

019D

CONCEPT: Wild Light 1 -- Detail

Theme variation using harsh overhead or angular lighting to illuminate specific portions of the figure (zoomed/cropped) in a dramatic, usually high contrast (draped/modest)

 

019U

CONCEPT: Wild Light 1 -- Detail

Theme variation using harsh overhead or angular lighting to illuminate specific portions of the figure (zoomed/cropped) in a dramatic, usually high contrast (nude)

 

018D

CONCEPT: Wild Light 1 – Whole

This theme series uses harsh overhead or angular lighting to illuminate the whole figure in a dramatic, usually high contrast way (draped/clothed/modest)

 

018U

CONCEPT: Wild Light 1 – Whole

This theme series uses harsh overhead or angular lighting to illuminate the whole figure in a dramatic, usually high contrast way (nude)

1

028U

CONCEPT: Wild Light 2 - Detail

close-cropped views & abstract forms using small/local lights

1

027U

CONCEPT: Wild Light 2 - Whole

whole/most figure using small light panels in unusual angles

1

034D

CONCEPT: Wisp

Working with sheer fabrics, screens, lighting used to create ethereal, flowy, silhouetted looks with the figure (draped/modest)

 

034U

CONCEPT: Wisp

Working with sheer fabrics, screens, lighting used to create ethereal, flowy, silhouetted looks with the figure (draped/modest)

 

005D

ESSENTIALS: Drawn-Out Details

General long pose practice on detail view of figure sections (modesty)

 

005U

ESSENTIALS: Drawn-Out Details

General long pose practice on detail view of figure sections (nude)

1

003D

ESSENTIALS: Figurative Long Pose

General practice with whole (or most) figure long pose(s) (modesty)

1

003U

ESSENTIALS: Figurative Long Pose

General practice with whole (or most) figure long pose(s) (nude)

1

001D

ESSENTIALS: Gestures/Short Poses - Basic

General practice with whole-figure classic and/or static gesture poses (modesty)

3

001U

ESSENTIALS: Gestures/Short Poses - Basic

General practice with whole-figure classic and/or static gesture poses (nude)

2

002D

ESSENTIALS: Gestures/Short Poses - Dynamic

General practice with whole-figure active, dynamic, and/or athletic gesture poses (with modesty)

3

002U

ESSENTIALS: Gestures/Short Poses - Dynamic

General practice with whole-figure active, dynamic, and/or athletic gesture poses (nude)

2

024D

ESSENTIALS: High-Key Figure

Mixed figurative poses in high-key setting and lighting - overall bright background and strong lighting on figure, usually somewhat even (draped/clothed/modest)

 

024U

ESSENTIALS: High-Key Figure

Mixed figurative poses in high-key setting and lighting - overall bright background and strong lighting on figure, usually somewhat even (nude)

 

043D

ESSENTIALS: Portrait - Basic

Essential portrait view and practice, face/head or to shoulders (clothed simply or draped/cropped)

 

043C

ESSENTIALS: Portrait - Costumed

Portrait view and practice with face/head or to upper torso (clothed in some recognizable costume/outfit)

1

004D

ESSENTIALS: Quick, the Details!

General short pose practice with cropped detail views of figure sections (modesty)

 

004U

ESSENTIALS: Quick, the Details!

General short pose practice with cropped detail views of figure sections (nude)

1

008D

POSITION: Kneeling/Lunging Figure

Figurative poses emphasizing lunging, kneeling (modesty)

1

008U

POSITION: Kneeling/Lunging Figure

Figurative poses emphasizing lunging, kneeling (nude)

1

031D

POSITION: Not-A-Dancer

Classical, experimental, extreme, athletic poses … executed unprofessionally (draped/modest)

 

031U

POSITION: Not-A-Dancer

Classical, experimental, extreme, athletic poses by an unprofessional (nude)

1

033U

SCENE: Bathtub

Figure scene using large contemporary tub - could add candles, bath bombs etc to set mood (nude)

 

040C

SCENE: Business/Office

Scene-setting poses with professional attire, conference table, workstation etc suggesting business or government workplace (costumed/clothed)

 

020D

SCENE: Classic Columns

Specialized theme with figurative poses incorporating architectural and/or decorative columns for leaning or compositional element (clothed/draped/modest)

 

020U

SCENE: Classic Columns

Specialized theme with figurative poses incorporating architectural and/or decorative columns for leaning or compositional element (nude)

1

044D

SCENE: Hot Tub

Overhead and/or angled views of figure relaxing and forming shapes in off-white hot tub (daylight or artificial light; outside temp. must be at least 55F) (minimally clothed)

 

044U

SCENE: Hot Tub

Overhead and/or angled views of figure relaxing and forming shapes in off-white hot tub (daylight or artificial light; outside temp. must be at least 55F) (nude/partially obscured)

 

037D

SCENE: Kitchen

Lifestyle type poses involving cooking, meal prep, dining type scenes (costumed/clothed) 

 

039D

SCENE: Lounging

Poses conveying scenes of reading, relaxing, playing game on chair/couch, sleeping, etc. (clothed/draped/modest)

1

039U

SCENE: Lounging

Poses conveying scenes of reading, relaxing, playing game on chair/couch, sleeping, etc. (nude)

 

032U

SCENE: Shower

Standing poses in a tiled shower w/ option to use glass door (nude/explicit)

 

036D

SCENE: Stairwell (indoor)

Figure poses that work with angles, receding lines, and other dynamics found around staircase(s) (clothed/draped)

 

036U

SCENE: Stairwell (indoor)

Figure poses that work with angles, receding lines, and other dynamics found around staircase(s) (nude)

1

038C

SCENE: Workout

Lifestyle oriented poses working with the fitness/exercise/gym scenes (costumed/clothed)

 

038U

SCENE: Workout

Lifestyle oriented poses working with the fitness/exercise/gym scenes (nude)

 

 

 

GENERAL INFO / FAQs


* WHAT IS A YONDO WEBINAR?

Yondo is the platform I mainly use for hosting online modeling events and content, including webinars. While Zoom and other “meeting” style platforms have exploded in popularity, this provides an alternative.  A webinar is not intended for heavy interaction; think of it more like a stage presentation except that audience members can interact using built-in text chat. You do not need a microphone, camera, or special software to participate – you view it on any modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari preferred).  This also cuts down on a lot of the typical distractions on Zoom and allows a little more privacy.

You do not need a Yondo account to attend but will need to sign in with a name (real or fake) and email address.  If you register directly be sure to sign in with the email address you used. Only I as host will automatically see your presence and email address. If you wish to remain hidden from other attendees simply do not type anything in chat (when you do type, the name you used to sign in is shown with your chat).

The registration link provided with webinar listings allow you to self-register with the requested donation amount; you can normally do this up to the last minute or even after a scheduled event has begun. Yondo will then send you access information. Alternatively, if you pay me separately or differently or I’ve agreed to let you in free, I can manually send you a link.

For open session webinars I usually pipe in background music but leave my mic off.  I try to use text chat when I need to announce something. Video stream quality is usually clearer and better on Yondo, and their usage terms permit nudity in artistic contexts – two of the reasons I prefer Yondo.  However, I still sometimes use Zoom when its interactive features are needed or when working with a group that uses it.

 

MY SCREENSHOT/PHOTO/RECORDING RULES and REFERENCE PHOTO AVAILABILITY

Modeling work is a type of intellectual property, has privacy considerations, and there are important reasons to preserve the “life” in life modeling. Like most professional art models, I do *not* by default allow artists to take screen shots (either on the device or by photographing their screen) during live sessions.  Exceptions are sometimes made so you are welcome to ask. 

As this is part of our livelihood, we also tend to protect the notion that our modeling imagery has value (else you would not be using it!) – so we typically offer reference photos for a small fee.  For most sessions, with a little notice I can create still images and them available to you shortly after the session for continued work on particular poses. Typical rates are $5 for a ‘screen quality’ version (using the same webcam as the live stream), or $10 for a higher quality and resolution version made with a DSLR. It’s important to let me know during a live session or very soon after if this is something you’d like, so the images can be made while the setup is intact and the pose is fresh in mind.

 

WHY ARE (SOME) SESSIONS MARKED 18+?

This does not mean a session contains any pornographic, sexually explicit, or ‘adult’ content. Some sessions do involve full nudity artistic contexts for figure drawing/painting work or practice, however. As noted, attendees to these sessions must be age 18+ or have had parental permission sent to Avid in advance of the session. This is simply to avoid surprises or offending anyone’s sensibilities.

 

PAYMENT/TIP OPTIONS

You do not need a PayPal account to pay for events or services I I host on Yondo (webinars, 1-on-1 sessions, videos on demand).  But events hosted elsewhere, other services like reference photos, or accepting tips I have a few other payment options. You do need an account to use these:

- PayPal (use web address paypal.me/avidlight1)

- Venmo (to Avid-Light) – smartphone app

- CashApp  ($AvidLight) – smartphone app

 

SHARING/SOCIAL MEDIA

I always appreciate it when artists share works in progress or projects that they completed based on my modeling services. I also respect artists’ wishes about further sharing, so please let me know if you wish my usage to be limited (for example “portfolio use OK with artist credit, but no social media”). 

Likewise, although sharing photographic screen grabs etc. is a no-no, it is almost always acceptable to share work you did in other media (drawing, painting etc.) from my modeling work in your portfolio or social media shares. Tagging my model name is appreciated. If in doubt, just ask (especially if you think the content is sensitive).

 

AFFILIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS

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DCAMC: I’m honored to be part of the DC Art Model Collective (DCAMC) and happy to refer artists to any of the other great pro models in it.  Check out the DCAMC webpage www.dcartmodelcollective.com for info and introductions to the other models. We try to help each other out with logistics, referrals, substitutions, etc. We are a very diverse, experienced group!

 

SCHOOLS: Though suspended because of COVID, I have experience with art modeling at George Washington University, University of Maryland, and a couple other school programs in the area.

 

ARTISTS, STUDIOS, GROUPS:  It’s been my privilege to work for several private art groups, galleries, and institutes as well as for some of their affiliated artists – on occasional or continuing basis

·       The Art League (based in Alexandria, VA)

·       Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) (based in Provincetown MA)

·       Washington Studio School (based in Washington, DC)

·       And more!  (A huge thank-you to all the groups and artists keeping art alive, and booking me for sessions!)

·        

MY RESUME: not always up-to-date, but I try! Available here:  Link to Avid Light's resume in PDF form

 

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