28 August 2009

Introducing Briana!

"I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do." - Will Rogers

Since the last time I posted, I know there were several things I wanted to mention. Wisdom would recommend writing these things down or at the very least, start posts sooner. I can remember not a one of the points I wanted to bring up. So let me just talk about some new things then.

One, I'm starting to see several people start to ditch deviantArt. Several of my own mentors have either taken off their nude work or just deleted their galleries entirely. Much of its been because of dA's lack of responsibility of protecting artist's work, (or at least not encouraging theft), and then also in protecting the artsists personally. One mentor of mine experienced malicious racist attacks that went on unchecked for far too long. What's dA's stance? I really don't have a clue. The finally banned the guy, but why not act more decisively or even take preventative measures that either strongly discourages or keeps these sort of things from happening in the first place. In any case, I may have to abandon the site myself, if for no other reason than the principle of the matter. If they can't treat my friends with some respect, then why should I hang around.

I'm still looking to reinvent my Las Vegas Art Models Group. My 1st figure drawing session had a good turnout, but this past Thursday's did not. I've had to postpone my next Art Nude Photo Workshop for a few weeks, also for poor sign-ups. I want to stick to my original reasons for founding the group, but its not easy. Competition has become fairly stiff. But if there's one thing I learned in school on that, is that you can't go hating on the competition...at least as long as they are being fair. I was listening to KNPR about Jerome Boykin who graduated college and started his own business cleaning parking lots of major retailers. I laughed when he recounted a story of making enemies. Once, a competitor whom he was a replacement for dump a load of strash in a parking lot he was responsible for. Another time, somebody killed the battery on his sweeper truck. The fact of the matter is Jerome provided a service that was more desired than his previous competitors had done and word of mouth got him more contracts. So, provide a better workshop is what I must do. For me, the trick is to get ahead on my day job. I've been getting pounded here lately and it taking up time that I would normally be devoting to my own business endeavors.

I had a nice little back and forth on Model Mayhem with model Nettie R. Harris. Sweet girl. She's another one on my list of "Got to Work With" models. Very insightful, and a pleasure to talk to...you kind of get a sense of what kind of person she is, just by the way she writes. At least, I do anyway. I'm usually not far off on the feeling I get about a person when I read them. That's not to say, I will know everything about them or whether or not they are a Crest or Colgate person. I can just tell if I'm going to like them. And her, I like. She's a prolific model who gets around the country as a traveling art model. You already know my affinity towards art models, but I have more of a curiosity slash adoration for those who make it their livelihood and travels the country to do it. I mean, come on...imagine the life. You can also check out her blog, Rhythm Before Unknown.

Nettie has unique features that I think lend well to a high degree of versitility or maybe a dynamic range of possibilities. Despite her age, she has a very adult face for portraiture. She can easily range between early to late 20's depending on her makeup. Granted, anybody can apply enough makeup to look any age, but Nettie won't require much and still keep a natural look. I've seen her do that best with her Glamour or Fashion images, yet she can just as easily flip the script and become the lithe, hippie-chick, which I prefer most. She can give you flamboyant or simple. Sexy and classic or playful and awkward. Either way the girl's got range. She's been shot by the best and golly-good-jeepers, I want my shot.
Well, the model you see posted here is Briana. I shot her the same night as I did Keisha and what a great showing it turned out to be. I didn't get as many shots of her, (since it was almost 3 in the morning by then), so she's coming back for more. For now, enjoy these.



unbearable lightness said...

I met the wonderful Nettie R Harris in New Orleans in June, and I can tell you - your instincts are right. She is an amazing young woman, mature beyond her years, with such depth. And she is an incredible model.

I love her!

I return to DA to check messages and howdy my friends, but I will not trust the site with anything of value again. First, they took way way too long to respond to the racist attacks; then I found out the racist account had been previously reported but not deemed serious enough to banish. In haste to hide my gallery, I quickly put it into storage, only to find the unwanted share tools with facebook and twitter continued to be active on my stored work. My blog stat counter showed hundreds of visitors coming to my blog from these very DA pages - not to read my posts, mind you, but to download the artwork posted there.

I have yet to understand why some artists think the share tools will give them wanted "exposure" for their work. I do not want my artwork pirated by people who think art should be free, with no obligation to respect, much less pay, the artist for the work.

I guess I'm missing something here.

TLNeasley said...

Thanks a bunches, UL. I hope to either make it down that way or she up here. I think I'd like to see NOLA again though. I used to have a girlfriend from there. I was down visiting and left right before Katrina hit. I hadn't been back since and would like to see the place again. So you and her were working with Michael?

unbearable lightness said...

Joe and I had dinner with Nettie and Michael, but Nettie had to travel the next day, so we didn't get to work together. Next time I am there, we hope to! I worked with Michael, though. Wonderful!!! Be sure to look him up when you're in NOLA, too. Maybe I can come down at the same time.

I LOVE that place!