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Avid Light Modeling – Web Newsletter & Update

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

 

 

NEWS & UPDATES

 

In-Person Bookings (DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area)

Nowadays I am accepting in-person life modeling bookings, and have started working with some area schools and artists. How refreshing to see each other in 3D and hear the sound of charcoal, graphite, brushes etc!  I don’t yet have a way to show my availability and allow private bookings online, but meanwhile feel free to email me (avid@avidlightmodel.com) if you have a project or group for which you need a male model. My schedule varies but I have a lot of time slots available most weeks.

 

Simplified Scheduling for Open Virtual Sessions

Things have been changing pretty fast as we’ve entered summer and collectively started emerging from COVID like so many cicadas!  OK, we haven’t actually been living underground as larvae for 17 years, though it may sometimes seem like it 😊

Anyway, I’m continuing my more simplified and regular schedule for open sessions online. Anyone, worldwide, can register for these even if they cannot pay the suggested donation amount.

Meanwhile, participation in online modeling sessions has been tapering off. That’s OK! I don’t plan to stop online offerings. Virtual modeling sessions have many disadvantages, but also pluses such as allowing artists and models across the world to meet and enjoy each other’s variety and diversity.  It has truly been an honor and a terrific experience to meet and model for people as far away as China, the UK, South Africa, rural U.S. and more. I don’t want to lose advantages like that but will just lower the frequency. I’ll keep time slots as long as there are ‘some’ registrations.

As a reminder, I can be booked for a private online session which allows you as artist to determine some or most aspects of posing, themes, etc. Email me to inquire and see what we can set up. Accordingly, costs are a bit more than attending open sessions, but I try to keep them affordable.

Currently I host 3 open sessions per month but starting in August will drop that to two.  The “First Friday Figure Frenzy” will be eliminated unless I hear 2 or more specific requests to keep that time slot. I enjoy the fast-paced gesture sets, but to be blunt it’s too much prep and work for one or two paying attendees. I plan to add more core gesture/figure work into my “Forth Thursday Night Essentials” and see how it goes with open session on just the 3rd and 4th weeks each month.

 

Artists’ Input Invited!

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 and pre-select a few options I will use to plan my next open modeling sessions. 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)

 

 

MODELING SCHEDULE


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 info 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.


 

NOTE: henceforward, this newsletter will show just the recurring schedule for the monthly open sessions, along with a link to the centralized registration page which lists all specific events that been set

 

MONTHLY AVID-HOSTED OPEN VIRTUAL LIFE DRAWING/PAINTING SESSIONS

Mark your calendar!  Each month I will hold the following sessions on Zoom as long as at least 1 artist is registered, unless cancellations/changes are needed.

 

FIRST FRIDAYS, 12:00-2:00pm EDT (1600-1800 UTC) – “First Friday Figure Frenzy”  ##Ends after JULY (unless new demand)

- ESSENTIALS or ANATOMY series emphasizing GESTURES/SHORT FIGURATIVE POSES. Draped or nude depending on month. Scheduled as 2-hour session but artists will have option to pay for and attend either 1 or 2 hours.

To register, see listings on:   https://buytickets.at/avidlightmodeling

THIRD SATURDAYS, 3:00-6:00pm EDT (1900-2200 UTC) – “Theme Thing Third Saturday”

- THEMED 3-hour session. Draped/clothed, costumed, or undraped/nude model(s) depending on that month’s theme. All skill levels. Specific concept, scene, character etc. TBA with monthly event listing or sign up for some fun surprises!

To register, see listings on:   https://buytickets.at/avidlightmodeling

FOURTH THURSDAYS, 7:00-10:00pm EDT (2300-0200 UTC) – “Fourth Thursday Night Essentials”

- ESSENTIALS or ANATOMY 3-hour session emphasizing GESTURES, MEDIUM, and a couple LONG POSES -- undraped/nude. All skill levels; may favor intermediate to advanced. May include experimentation or abstraction.

To register, see listings on:   https://buytickets.at/avidlightmodeling

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING SESSIONS & OFFERINGS

July 26, 7:00-9:00pm EDT (2300-0100 UTC):  WSS Virtual Drop-in Figure Drawing

THEME: modeling for Washington Studio School’s weekly open session for artists

WHERE: Online via Zoom.

REGISTRATION: See info including registration contacts at  https://www.washingtonstudioschool.org/drop-in-figure-drawing

TYPE: Draped/minimally-clothed professional male life model in uninstructed but moderated live session for practice or work in figure drawing/painting. Attendees of any age skill level welcome.

 

 

PRIVATE BOOKINGS


 

ONLINE/VIRTUAL

 

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

 

Individual Session. Best for a single artist, or up to three co-located artists 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).

 

Please email me to check my calendar availability, pricing, and to book me.

 

Private Group or Class.  When scheduling allows, I can be booked for one or more sessions to model for schools, classes, private groups, or events needing a figure model during online sessions. If you are the model coordinator, moderator, or organizer of such a group feel free to inquire. I’m happy to pre-coordinate specific instructional goals or needs you may have or suggest a session framework. 

 


IN-PERSON

 

I am now available for in-person modeling bookings in the Washington D.C./Annapolis/Baltimore area, or further if travel arrangements are agreed.  I have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but happy to follow ongoing precautions for others’ sakes as needed.

 

If I am available and capable of the modeling work needed, I can attend sessions as short as two hours (or one hour if located nearby) up to 4 hours in one day or multiple days total. This depends on situation but in my experience the typical “sweet spot” for session duration with a live model, in terms productivity and alertness for artist and model, 2.5 to 3 hours.

 

Un-person bookings can be made by individual artists, schools, or groups working in painting, drawing, sculpture, or photography. This availability generally covers the Washington DC/Annapolis/Baltimore area without travel charges; more distant assignments will be considered depending on feasibility and compensation for travel time & expenses.

 

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.

 

 

GENERAL INFO / FAQs


ONLINE/ZOOM SESSION INFO, RULES & ETIQUETTE

 

PENDING   (meanwhile, generally speaking if everyone is respectful and not trying to be a jerk, it’s all good 😊)

 

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 18+ AND SOME ARE NOT?

Zoom sessions noted as 18+ do not contain any pornographic, sexually explicit, or ‘adult’ content. Sessions with nudity in artistic/educational contexts for figure drawing/painting may be fine for artists under 18, but to avoid surprises or offending anyone’s sensibilities attendees to these sessions must be age 18+ or have had permission of a parent or legal guardian sent to Avid.

 

PAYMENT/TIP OPTIONS

You do not need a PayPal account to pay for events or services for which a ‘shopping cart’ or self-registration has been set. But for accepting tips, donations, or separate transactions 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

 

 

AVID’s THEME IDEA 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)

1

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)

1

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 (modesty draped and/or clothed)

 

034U

CONCEPT: Wisp

Working with sheer fabrics, screens, lighting used to create ethereal, flowy, silhouetted looks with the figure (nude or partially draped)

 

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)

1

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)

1

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)

 

 

 

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