your life models
Patrick J Jones on how a good model can enliven your fantasy art
The tradition of artist and model can be traced back to ancient Greece, and although the artists are long forgotten their mysterious and alluring models remain, enshrined in marble.
During the Renaissance period the model was immortalised again by artists, this time in oils. In those days there were no true cameras to capture the model’s image, only the crude camera obscura, but artists could pay a model with simple food, and have them pose all day long.
Today, I continue the tradition of drawing from a live model but, with bread and cheese no longer legal tender, the cost of painting from a live model for weeks on end would lead me directly to the poor house. Luckily, back in 1840 Alexander Wolcott invented a magic box that changed the way models and artists work together. Its descendant, the digital camera, provides artists with the freedom to pose models before the painting begins and possess their frozen images forever with a simple click.
To explore this sorcery further I invite you to step into my humble studio for an insight into a few of my photographic sessions, and the marvellous models and staging methods and techniques behind the paintings that they inspire.
Each of Patrick’s fantasy artworks has its origins in a series of life-model photo references, which the artist takes himself.