Last Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a large figure drawing group as one of their 6 models of the day. The DTYD II event was held over two days, from 9AM-6PM, 6 models per day in adjoining rooms with the artists free floating between the rooms. The event was held at a former dance studio which was great as there were two large open rooms with places for many artists to set up and a great place for the dais (with a mirrored back!). I was booked for Sunday, 9AM-12PM. I understand it is tough to find models for mornings on weekends and I think there is always that nervousness that a model will pull a no-show at this time. Luckily, my female counterpart and myself arrived early to set up. They had set me up with a nice chair and ottoman to use. This challenged me a bit as I had to figure out the best poses using these vs. the flat dais that I am used to using.
We warmed up with 5 minute poses, about 5 of them and then we moved on to 10 minute, 15 minute and finally 3-30 minute poses. Great interaction with the artists, one who asked me at the start of a 10 minute pose “Do you really think you can hold that for 10 minutes?” For a brief moment I had some self doubt but I quickly rallied and assured her, (as she still looked at me skeptically), that it would be no problem. I held the pose, no wavering, no shaking etc for the full 10 minutes, well, to be fair it was 10 minutes, 30 seconds as I give artists a little extra for each pose. At the end of it, the doubtful artist complimented me on holding the difficult pose and said that she was very impressed that I was able to do it. That was nice to hear. Truth be told, at about the 9 minute mark i was starting to wonder if I still HAD my left leg.
The group of artists drawing me were excellent. I really liked a number of their works that they created an they were a great group. I did ask at the end of my 3 hours if any of the artists would allow me to take some pictures of their works of me. I explained that I did not have any examples of works produced with me as a model and that I would love to have a few. All but 1 artist said it was completely fine to take some pictures, so I did.
It was an incredible experience to be part of the event. I was lucky enough to be contacted by the coordinator who was (surprised as I was) having trouble finding male models to balance out the female models (there may be hope yet!). I happily agreed to the Sunday session and offered to fill in another if he couldn’t find anyone. I think all the models showed up, which is great. Nothing worse than a flake. The coordinator of DTYD II had received my contact info from a coordinator of a previous session I modeled for and left my business card. This was fantastic to be referred. At the end of the session as he was thanking me, and I was in turn thanking him for the opportunity, I asked if I could give him a few cards in case he needed a model again. He was very happy and took 2 of my cards and asked, “Would you be OK if I gave out your contact info to other artists I know looking for models?”. I of course said “Yes”, probably pretty enthusiastically. He asked if I had more cards, I did of course, and he asked me to leave them on the sign in table for the other artists to take. As I was laying out 15 cards on the table, I was being closely watched by 2 artists, one of which had been drawing me. They asked me if they were my cards and if they could have one. As I gave them one, the one artist who had been drawing me, recognized my name and let me know she was the ex-co-coordinator of the drawing group that had offered me 6 months of steady work only to fold a week later. We talked about the demise of the group and she told me not to worry as she knew of other groups looking for models and she would be sharing my info. This just kept getting better and better.
I have invested $15 in some nice business cards to promote myself, something I am gathering is either pretty rare or I am the first to be doing it, and the investment has more than paid off. I am hoping Sunday’s session leads to more referrals and work.