Interview with Yana Timoshenko

“The vulnerability that many of my subjects exhibit is very much inspired by my own tendency to absorb and react to the environment around me in ways that are more intense and deeper than normal”

Yana Timoshenko is a freelance visual artist who is currently based in Nashville, TN. This young artist stands out for the subtlety, sensitivity and vulnerability with which she represents the human figure through her art. 

In both digital and traditional art, Yana finds a way to create unique pieces that reflect the fragility and beauty of the human being. Perhaps it has to do with the opportunity that life has given her, to be able to spend time in beautiful places like Argentina or Ukraine, or simply the experiences that have accompanied her in her growing career.

In any case, it is always refreshing to learn about the experience of new artists who are making their way into the world of figurative art, and even more so when their talent is so evident.

“Delicate” (Delicacy) By Yana Timoshenko

In this Q&A Yana Timoshenko shares with PoseSpace how she found her way into art, what are her favorites mediums, how PoseSpace has become a great resource for references and more.

“The new Millenium” Timoshenko_24x36

Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art?

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. My father says that, as a toddler, he noticed I seemed to pay a great deal of attention to color. Under the suspicion that I had a knack for visual art, this observation would inspire him to buy a book to learn how to draw so that he could then pass on what he learned to me. I always drew for fun growing up, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen that I began drawing regularly. This was about the same time Instagram began gaining popularity, and the wide range of incredible work I saw on social media inspired me to begin trying to seriously improve. It’s been nine years since, and I am proud of the level I’ve achieved and can’t wait to see how it continues to develop.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

My goal is to one day develop my own unique, recognizable style of art. I have experimented with many different mediums and styles over the years, and my biggest kryptonite as an artist is not being able to determine which aesthetic path I’d like to take in regards to my work. I have some degree of admiration for all of them to an extent, but I need to commit to one if I want to have a brand as an artist. I’m currently trying to relocate to NYC, and would love to be able to host my own exhibition once I have a clearer idea of what style I want to do. 

“Stressed” By Yana Timoshenko

What are your favorite mediums and why?

My favorite mediums are oil and graphite, and each is great for a different purpose. I love using graphite pencil to convey details and texture if I am creating something realistic, whereas oil is useful if I want to create something with vibrant, eye-catching colors and illustrative concepts. 

How has your style changed over the years?

My style has matured in the sense that it has become much cleaner. My drawings from adolescence, particularly those found in my sketchbook, hardly had any empty space visible. This resulted in a look that appeared very chaotic and “busy”. I now try to make art that makes the viewer feel more relaxed and convey a sense of balance, which is something I desire for my own life.

What life experiences have influenced your work?

I’m still relatively young, but I still have many experiences to speak of at this age. Many of my works are related to themes of emotional vulnerability and sensitivity, which is the inspiration behind many of the subjects being “shattered” or broken up into smaller pieces. Personally, I myself have always been on the more sensitive side, and have had to work to overcome that and find my inner strength. However, the vulnerability that many of my subjects exhibit is very much inspired by my own tendency to absorb and react to the environment around me in ways that are more intense and deeper than normal.

“Confident” By Yana Timoshenko

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?

Posespace is an amazing tool and it is definitely my primary go-to place for art references. My favorite feature of all is the pose viewer, where I can view any given pose from all angles and zoom in as close as I would like. As I mentioned, I love being able to draw different textures and this tool is also highly useful for being able to view and draw skin textures if I want to attain a photorealistic look in my work. I also love the diverse variety of poses available, as it makes it easy to find exactly the type of model and pose you are looking for.  

Website: Timoshenko.co

Instagram: yana_timosh

Youtube Channel: Yana’s Time Lapse Videos

Interview with Kevin Richard

“I have often said that images are the universal language, they transcend our differences. From this viewpoint, art binds us”.

Kevin Richard is a traditional and at the same time innovative artist, his pieces have found a way to maintain the traditional essence and bring it to digital art.

Like most artists, since he was a child he had a great certainty, he needed to express his deepest feelings through painting and drawing, and in that way try to capture the feelings of others.

As he describes himself he is an old soul, who is constantly looking to transcend his own limitations, creating images that can form a deep connection with the viewer. 

Subtle treasures ‐ Oil ‐ Canvas

In this Q&A Kevind Richard shares with Posespace what are his goals and aspirations as an artist, how he got into digital art, what life experiences influenced his work, and more.

Can you tell us about your background as an artist?

Like most artists, my creative journey began in childhood. My earliest memories involve drawing pictures, (even on the walls of my home which did not go so well with my parents.) I am not sure if art taught me to observe the world in a different way or if there was an innate perspective that led me to art. Regardless of how this can be answered, creating images was not so much a choice, but rather a calling. In my college years I was drawn to the world of depth psychology, but I always managed to take as many art classes as possible. It was during these years that I discovered painting. I began to look at everything in relation to form, value and hues. Having the psychology background added an extra layer of finding emotion through artistic expression. I did not realize it at the time, but the integration of the human narrative and art would be a defining feature in all of my work. I worked professionally in the psychology field, but always maintained artistic endeavors. I am a perpetual student of art, I don’t believe we can ever truly stop learning. I took some figurative workshops through the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), joined art groups for peer critiques, exhibited, and in recent years, the traditional methods of layers and construction are an endless source of exploration.

Annabella Digital charcoal

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

I have been very fortunate to have a steady stream of commissions, but often the subject is directed through the vision of the collector. I want to move into an area of more self directed art. One of the greatest gifts and challenges possessed by the artist is to create something authentic to both our inner and outer worlds. Even when I have created for my own enjoyment, I have sometimes become too dependent on copying what I see or I simply produce a prescribed form. In my current work, I am still trying to depict the subject in a natural way, but at the same time seeing if I can draw out more emotional value by pushing the image and medium. Another evolution has been to co-create. Working with figure models as opposed to standard reference images has been transformative. The models are part of the creative process, in this light my work is becoming more collaborative. So much of our work is about relationships and dialogue, but it is often in isolation between the artist and the image being created. Working with models broadens the dialogue, there is a much deeper need for attunement on many levels. I have been moving to construct more narrative images with figures, much in the spirit of the Old Masters.

Lines of Communication Digital charcoal

How has your style changed over the years?

My work has always remained fairly representational regardless of the medium. In my earliest years, I worked in acrylics and loaded the canvas with color. I was enamored with the Impressionist. At some point, I became frustrated with the limitation of acrylic and I could not escape the fact that most of the work I admired by the greats were done in oil. I also moved away from impressionistic methods and found myself in awe of traditional applications through indirect painting. The love I once had for bold color moved into the most subtle expressions of a glaze and scumbling. The oldest methods resonated more with my soul. Seeing that I am searching for the many layers of the human psyche in my work, the traditional methods of underpainting and layering seems like a natural fit. In the last year, I found myself working in an area that I would never have predicted, digital art, which seems in direct contrast in some ways. Although traditional mediums are always my first choice and something I cannot see abandoning, digital art allows me to create when I am not in my studio. It has allowed me to be more prolific; experiment without concern; and share work between commissions. I also use digital formats to work out artistic problems while making traditional art. I have found it to be a very useful tool as well as a legitimate medium to make art. Much to my own surprise, I have now branded myself as both a traditional and digital artist.

What life experiences have influenced your work?

As mentioned, most of my formal academic and professional life has been in the field of psychology. I have worked with people and individuals who are often underserved or have experienced some form of trauma. In order to do this work, you often need to hold the weight of the emotions of others. I think in many ways, this emotion comes through my work. I do not explicitly depict images of specific stories, but rather universal expressions of deep inner emotion. Although we can never fully understand the experiences of others in their unique journey, we do share a common bond through our collective emotions and inner worlds. I have often said that images are the universal language, they transcend our differences. From this viewpoint, art binds us.

Jakob Oil on canvas

What do you think is your value proposition as an artist?

Value proposition is a difficult question for me. On the one hand I have been so appreciative of the positive feedback when people view my work. I am humbled when people say the work is beautiful. Although the models and rendering of form is designed around beauty, the emotional overtones can be contemplative and at times ‘heavy’. I believe the value of the work is that it aims to strike a tension of opposites. The outer surface beauty juxtaposed with inner dynamic emotion. I think from the years of working with people, the affect comes through the drawings and paintings. We live in a world where images are viewed quickly, but if something I created causes pause, intrigue or reflection, then the work has accomplished it’s goal. In regard to the public view, my work has been juried in exhibitions and has been commissioned for public settings. It is such an honor to have work in the community with its authentic scale and texture. The conversation with the art is always more personal.

Study of Kylie at rest

What is your main source of inspiration when painting or drawing?

As I look through my body of work, there seems to be a common attribute. The figures and faces have little outward emotional expression, but project strong feelings. I am always inspired by models or images that can project their inner world without exaggeration within the face or body. I have been fortunate lately to work with people that are both models and actors. In essence, I am inspired by inner dialogue. First between what lies inside of me and the image I would like to create; then with a model or reference that can accurately reflect the vision; then the dialogue becomes communal between the artist, model, and image being produced….all working towards expression; finally the work is shared. It is at this level, if done well, the artwork is inherently charged with energy. The dialogue then continues through the viewer and image, in this light, energy is both transferred and transformative. This process is my true source of inspiration.

Leo and Adhira

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?

PoseSpace was a recent discovery for me and I quickly became a consumer. First the images and poses project high quality and artistic value. I absolutely love the fact that the pose can be viewed by multiple angles. It mimics the artists ability to walk around the studio in order to find the desired perspective and lighting. The figure models have an innate sense that they are part of the process. Despite being still images, there is always a great depiction of movement, volume and form. This platform has helped break some of my previous dependence on generic references. PoseSpace invites the artist to create freely, interpret, and experiment. Human anatomy is historically difficult to master, it is vital to have access to an array of figure models. PoseSpace also allows the artist to practice, work on gesture, forms or values….the possibilities seem endless. I can’t say enough about the models. What they offer artists is invaluable. I only hope my work honors their craft and how they wish to be seen. My favorite model(s) so far have been Leo and Adhira. The interwoven simplicity and complexity of form; the emotional overtones; the narrative…..well it leaves me in awe.

Leo and Adhira study Oil on canvas

Website:  www.oldsoulart.com

Instagram: @oldsoulart

Interview with Argineh Zadoorian

“My  works investigate the multiple identities and struggles of women and explore how they negotiate the demands of public life”.

Argineh Zadoorian is an exceptional Iranian Armenian American artist, who is currently living in the United States. As soon as you get to know her artwork, it is impossible not to be captivated by her way of highlighting the female figure.

Her paintings are a beautiful reflection of her multiculturalism, without leaving behind the importance of portraying the different challenges that women have according to their culture.

“This work was a small oil on paper study I did for my solo show at USC Roski Lindhurst gallery. The title of the exhibition was Public Appearance” Argineh Zadoorian.

In this Q&A Argineh Zaadorian shares with Pose Space her admiration for the female figure, which experiences have influenced her work, her favorite mediums and more:

Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art? 

According to my mother’s memories, I started scribbling when I was only nine  months old. As far as I remember, I have drawn and painted my whole life. As a  young girl, I always wanted to be a fashion designer, and some part of me still  wants that very much. But it wasn’t easily achievable for a woman in the Middle  East. So, I just kept drawing fashion illustrations and kept them only for myself,  with the hope that one day; finally, I can show them to someone. That day arrived  almost thirteen years ago when I came to the United States. I went to FIDM and I  was told I even have my thesis illustrations ready, but considering how expensive  it was, I decided to go to community college instead, so I went to Glendale  Community College and later on I transferred to the University of Southern  California, Roski School of Art and Design with a merit scholarship and I received  my BA in Arts with honors in 2017. Since then, I have been working full time as a  private art tutor, and freelance artist/designer. 

It can be seen through your work, your admiration for the female figure. How did you get there?

 I am an Iranian Armenian American female artist. Identity  politics is the essence of my work. Identity politics focuses on sexual, racial,  and ethnic concerns. Oppression of women being one of its main topics. My  works investigate the multiple identities and struggles of women and explore  how they negotiate the demands of public life. In my figurative work, the  seamless renderings of women sit among subtle words referring to contradictory  expectations. My paintings draw from two different traditions: European  approaches which put female nudity at the center of art; and Iranian/  Armenian-inspired motifs that foreground pattern, language and composition. I  put similar questions to other women in my smaller paintings, turning their  stories into visual diary entries. I ask how external “concepts” about who we are  bury themselves deeply into our experiences and lives. 

Argineh Zadoorian, “In Private,” oil paint on wooden panel, 11 x 14 in, 2018.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist? 

My works are diverse depending on what the purpose is. Sometimes the purpose is to just visually please the viewer,  and to take them into a comfortable place even if it’s temporary. For this, I do  character designs and I post the process of my work on my TikTok account. This  is just for fun. With my figurative works on the other hand, I create an atmosphere  for a conversation with the hope of raising awareness on serious issues related to  identity politics, and eventually, to bring some solutions.  

Argineh Zadoorian, “Survival Key,” oil paint on wooden panel, 8 x 10 in, 2012.

How has your style changed over the years? 

Well, my style has changed and it hasn’t. I definitely grew as an artist both technically and intellectually. The  quality of my figurative works has changed towards better over the years with  more practice and experience. I keep using the female figure and pattern as two  important components of my works and this hasn’t changed. The visualization of it though, has indeed changed. I also do more realistic drawings and paintings  than I used to do.  

What life experiences have influenced your work? 

Being a “child of the revolution,” as we were called back in Iran, I have seen  firsthand effects of war, conflict, struggle, discrimination, inequality and most  important of all constant oppression. These all directly or indirectly have  influenced my works over the years. But as time goes by and my attachment with  the past experiences reclines, the new experiences replace their place and these  also create a new body of work. 

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model? 

I love  PoseSpace! I have been working on a large painting for over a year now, and all  the figures in the painting are PoseSpace models. There are over ten models in  this painting and I cannot wait to share this work with you. I definitely have  favorites, which are, Adhira, Anastasia, Katja, and many more. I would also like  to use Katarina K’s photos (those photos I haven’t purchased yet) as a reference  for my future works. 

What would be your advice for those people who want to start a career as artists  and do not dare to take the first step? 

Dare to take the first step because if you  never give it a try you will never know how it will be. Spend your time, money,  and energy on doing something that you are passionate about because then you  can do your best and you will see results. The life of an artist is just so amazing  to miss. 

What are your favorite mediums and why? 

Even though most of my recent works  are in oil and acrylic paints, I love watercolor the most. I specifically love its  transparency. Also, it dries fast, it doesn’t smell, and it’s not messy. I love  working with pointed round sable brush, and it works best with watercolor. My  favorite paper is Arches hot pressed watercolor paper.  

How do you start a work — do you have any rituals? 

Depending on the kind of  work, sometimes I do research, reading and preliminary sketches till I actually  make the work, whereas other times, I just start working on my surface without  any initial preparation. I usually play my favorite TV shows, the ones I have  watched multiple times, while I am working. I know every character by their voice  so I do not need to watch it, and I can just listen to it. Other times, I just listen  to music or audiobooks while I work. There are times however, that I work in  complete silence so that I can hear the natural sounds around me. I always have  a drink next to me when I work. (Herbal tea, red wine, or mineral water.)

Which artist inspired you? 

As a little girl I was so inspired by Leonardo’s drawings,  until I received a gift. My father bought me a pictorial art history book that had  some of Caravaggio’s paintings, and I fell in love with his works immediately. I  remember I would hug the book and sleep in my bed. My mom used to have these fashion magazines that were illegal. And I just loved Georgio Armani’s, Christian  Dior’s, and Valentino’s designs.  

Every single artist’s work provides an insight. What I really value is the creative  impulse. If I don’t like a work, I just want to rush into my studio and make a work  that I like, and if I like a work, I again want to go to my studio and make a work.  I also get inspired by seeing posts from various fashion designers, reading books,  reading poetry, and watching TV shows. Once an artist, you get inspired by every  single thing if it is in your viewpoint at the right time. 

website: www.gogozart.com

Instagram: @gogozart

Interview Raz Negev

“Success for me is to the ability to express through the way I drawing, is the way I manage to make other people feel”

Raz Negev is a very talented young artist from Israel. She is self taught but that doesn’t stop her from learning professional techniques as you can see through her paintings. 

The ability to connect colors with emotions is her stamp, and you can also explore her cultural heritage. She is a modern painter with raw and romantic expressions. 

Her particular and unique style, and the way she appreciates the world and human nature will surely capture your attention.

In this Q&A Raz Negev shares with posespace how she defines her artwork, what are her goals and aspirations, what inspires her when it comes to painting and more.

Can you tell us about your background as an artist

First since I can remember, I was a very curious girl. I always used to stare at people and objects and used to think how fascinating it would be to draw them on the canvas . Creativity was a big part of my nature. I studied for a long time and for years being self-taught. I was always interested in the classic techniques of famous masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio. I have developed an ability to observe and understand. In addition, I have developed special techniques for the acrylic paint that I like to use. A lot of people wonder if my paintings are oil, and then they find out it’s acrylic. I like to dive into my drawings because when I do, it’s like I made a deep journey into myself. It allows me to enter into a relationship with the world and with others. I think this is why when a person looks at one of my paintings, they always find themselves overcome by the series of emotions that usually leads to emotion. Interestingly I remark that people never get the same feelings I have in mind. People describe completely different emotions. It makes me realize that painting has the ability to appreciate different emotions depending on the person looking at them. I am obsessed with anatomy. I like to draw all kinds of issues related to humans and the environment. It intrigues me very much.

How do you define your art?

I like to define my art as contemporary, and reject both the concepts of “contemporary” and “anachronism”. As for the two concepts, many times compare naked art to a particular period and it is not an art that compares itself to history and our time, my art is a work made in a way we always long for. Art made in a natural, necessary way, creating nudity and beauty is a necessary thing for our lives.
My art seems to be a quiet work, and I tend to retrieve all the values ​​that contemporary art has tried to destroy, particularly that of beauty. My painting deals with the creation and renewal of the idea it nourishes, usually with the sole purpose of being. To express human beings, feelings of sentiment, emotions and beats, and this has allowed us, during the cycles of the past, to create evidence that beauty is essential to our “being”. One should know that the creative process is a dynamic process. It is consistent with the internal study of beauty that will be discontinued until the end of the table but the movement will continue. Thus, the subject continues to live in the spirit of creation.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

My goals or aspirations as an artist are  to create the series emotions and to change the consciousness, everyone catches different feelings when they look at my work, but I still hope that my art speaks for itself and whoever looks at the work understands what I wanted to convey I definitely think that art and beauty have a big impact in our lives it changes life and energy, it is a jewel of investment and emotion. I would be happy in the future to do more big works and interesting projects.tremendous work to enhance this experience. 

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?

I always had a lot of imaginations of poses in my mind to fit my drawings and when I saw your website PoseSpace I was really excited, because it brought me a lot of inspiration, the models are very diverse and not only one particular model, the models look healthy and beautiful with great physiques, The issue of body image is very important nowadays, it’s not just naked it’s external and internal art, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I have no particular preference for a particular body type, I especially like how it transmits emotion and drama through the poses, anatomy is a divine art.

What inspires you when it comes to painting?

When I painting it’s like to be in a different place, I’m create on the canvas an illusion that challenges me, create manipulation on the  viewer, entering into details, challenging me and bringing me personal pride, to painting it’s like a kind of journey to a mountain, you walk on the way to the top of the mountain for to see the whole landscape the. It’s exactly the same thing. The characters in my paintings represent the outer part of the nude with dreamy elements relating to dreams, space, spirituality and mythology, personal and painful issues from life, try to produce all sorts of subjects that interest me and maintain beautiful visual art.

What’s been your greatest artistic success?

Success is a very complex word, everyone interprets this word differently. Success for me is to the ability to express through the way I drawing, is the way I manage to make other people feel, it can be a good feeling and it can be even a shock, success in a way that I am not forgotten and described as an artist, it is never a Final destination , I always set myself a new goal, the great success I really wish for myself is to reach all kinds of galleries in the world and I can do bigger projects

Website: www.raznegevart.com

Instagram: @y_e_m_o_j_a

Youtube: YEMOJA Artist

Interview with Lynn Howart

“My art has truly helped me through the toughest time of my life”

Lynn Howart is an incredibly talented artist from Scotland. She has won multiple awards and recognitions for her work such as: Pastel Guild of Europe International Juried Show 2020, Paisley Art Institute prize 2019, among others.

Lynn is very passionate about life and she expresses precisely that through her art. She specializes in the medium of pastel, and that is how she gives her paintings luminosity. 

As a multifaceted woman, Lynn not only paints but also teaches, she has been in multiple exhibitions, collaborated with various artists, but best of all, is her desire to continue growing and reaching an increasingly wide audience.

In this Q&A Scottish artist Lynn Howart shares with PoseSpace how she’s been interested in art since an early age, so many valuable lessons for beginner artists, some adorable pet portraits (really adorable), and more.

How did you start being interested in art?

I’ve been drawing since I was two years old! Both my grandmothers encouraged me to be creative so it was a natural thing for me to go to Art School after I finished High School. Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland gave me a solid education in life drawing – something that seems to be missing more and more at art schools these days. The ability to draw from life is the basic foundation upon which you can really build a career in art. 

What life experiences have influenced your work?

I guess having a passion for art is either something you have or don’t have! I’ve been very lucky that I have always loved what I do and I have been fortunate enough to have had the incredible support of my dear husband until he passed away suddenly in 2019. My three children are a true source of inspiration and have encouraged me to keep going when things looked bleak. My art has truly helped me through the toughest time of my life.

Your pieces have very vibrant colors, what does it inspire you when you paint?

Although I love to draw with charcoal in monochrome I do love to break out the colourful pastels! I use Unison pastels and some Terry Ludwigs in my colourful pieces as they have such vibrancy and they produce the most amazing ‘lit from within’ effects. I’m often asked what medium my paintings are as they often look like oils or acrylics! I’m inspired to paint what’s around me so I always keep my camera to hand. So if I see something that catches my eye I can take a quick photo for reference. Inspiration can strike at any time so I like to be prepared! 

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model? 

I discovered Pose Space many years ago when I was looking for a model in a particular pose. Although I went to live life classes I never seemed to get the pose I was particularly looking for. As it was run by other artists they were obviously the ones who chose the poses each session. 

Some of the models I have drawn a few times are Vaunt, Becca, Paris and Zaza. I also love drawing Dan’s face as it’s so expressive! 

We notice you do pet portraits. Is it more difficult than taking portraits of humans?

No not at all! I find pet portraits easier for some reason! As a dog lover I really enjoy trying to capture the soul of the animal I’m painting. I usually find that connection in the eyes! If you get the eyes and the feeling right it lends a real power to a pet portrait and the delight when I hand a commissioned piece over to the client is always wonderful!

What are your favorite mediums and why?

Soft pastel and charcoal are my favourite mediums followed by oil then acrylic then watercolour. I love pastel as it’s such an immediate medium – you can create a painting very quickly with pastel! 

How do you start a work — do you have any rituals?

I like to feel comfortable in my studio – I’ll have a cup of tea while I’m thinking about what I’m painting and I always have music on in the background. I settle down to work and can get lost in my painting and often find many hours have passed and I need a sandwich or another cup of tea! It’s a great way to detach yourself from the cacophony of the outside world! No wonder many mental health experts suggest art therapy! 

Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?

My favourite living artist is an incredible American pastellist called Sally Strand. Her paintings are truly exquisite! It’s not often I get art envy but when I see her paintings I’m always blown away by them! 

What is the most valuable lesson or advice you can give to a young or starting artist?

If you are taking on commissioned work, always get your paperwork in order! Take a non refundable deposit of at least 25% upfront! Oh and practice practice practice! Daily drawing sharpens your skills better than anything! There is no magical shortcut to success – you just have to keep working hard! 

Website : https://www.lynnhowarth.co.uk/

Instagram: @scottishpastelartist

Facebook: Lynn HowARTh

Twitter: @lynnbabs

Interview with Robert V. Reid

“I have always been able to find the beauty of the human spirit and inject that into my artwork”

Robert Reid is an extraordinary artist from Trinidad and Tobago, who’s currently living in New York. It’s not a coincidence that you can feel through his artwork the passion and the color of the Caribbean, with the soul of the big city.  

He doesn’t define his artwork as political, just human, as he says, his primary subject is the human form, specially inspired by the female figure. From styled figurative realism painting in oils, to drawing in charcoal and pencil, Reid’s pieces are  a universal language where we can all be inspired.

I´m sure watercolor 15×10

In this Q&A Robert Reid shares with PoseSpace part of his beautiful pieces, how his style changed over the years, how growing up in the Caribbean inspired his art work, and more.

Can you tell us about your background as an artist? 

My creative journey began in Trinidad and Tobago (my birthplace) where I was introduced to several significant Caribbean artists. They mentored and nurtured my natural, untrained talent.  After migrating to New York, I attended The School of Visual Arts followed by a 4-year certificate program at The Art Students League studying under Ted Seth Jacobs, Michael Grimaldi and Peter Cox.


Title: Be the change/ Medium:  Charcoal/ Size:  13 x 19 inches

What was it like growing up in the Caribbean and how has that influenced your work as an artist ?

The first things that come to mind are the Carnival experience and the lush landscapes…from the vibrant colors the way we walk…. the way we talk … I try to incorporate all that into my work. There’s a certain freedom…a certain joy, laughter, and rhythm. Hopefully the viewer can recognize these elements in my work. 

What life experiences have influenced your work? 

My various occupations have exposed me to a wide variety of personalities. I have always been able to find the beauty of the human spirit and inject that into my artwork. 

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?

I think PoseSpace is a great resource for artists to use photo references, especially in recent times when we are so isolated from the live studio. Whether formulating ideas for a composition or using photos in illustration projects, PoseSpace provides a wonderful online reference site.                                                                                 While I have several favorites, I am partial to Thea … there’s just something about her poses that moves me from the visual to my expressions on paper. 

How has your style changed over the years?

I don’t think my style has changed. I do hope that it has expanded. While working in different mediums, I am  more confident in my line and enjoy a sense of greater freedom in my quick sketches.

 

Title: Inspire Me Medium: Watercolor Size: 9.5 x 10.5 inchesTitle: You Gotta Be Medium: Watercolor  Size: 14 x 9 inches

What are your favorite mediums and why?

Watercolor / Graphite pencil / Conte` a Paris        

Watercolor: There’s a freedom that comes with watercolor, but yet still there’s a certain amount of speed that you have to have and swift decision making, knowing that you can’t go back or redo certain areas of the painting. That’s why it is unforgiving yet so beautiful.

Graphite Pencil: I first fell in love with it doing architectural drawing so that has always been a special influence.

Conte’ a Paris (crayons and sketching pencil):  A few years ago, I resumed using Conte a Paris and I rediscovered the beauty of it, especially with my quick sketches. 

How do you start a work – do you have any ritual?

Watercolor- I always start with a pencil drawing to make sure I’m satisfied with the composition.  I then stretch the paper and take it from there. 

Oils on Canvas – I do a charcoal drawing, first check it and then double check, to make sure that I like the composition, and the drawing is precise. Once satisfied, it is sprayed with fixative then I move on to painting the larger shapes and background. 

In terms of routine- I sometimes use a timer, so it helps my focus as I wouldn’t leave the studio until the timer goes off. I enjoy listening to music as I work, Calypso music and jazz vocals are my favorites.

Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?

I do. I truly admire Paul Goodnight @paulgoodnightart for his illustrations of the African -American experience. I would also add Thomas Blackshear @thomsablacksheariiart / Zhaoming Wu @zhaomingwuart J.Hunsung @j.hunsung are also among my favorites.


Title: No longer do I worry Medium: Oils on Canvas  Size: 8 x 8 inches

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Interview with Roberto Garza

“In my opinion, if you can draw the infinite shapes of the human figure, you can draw anything”

Roberto Garza is a talented artist based in Lubbock Texas, US. His passion is to draw the human figure and he’s been doing it for a long time.

In every piece, Roberto is very careful with the details, and he always gets to capture the shapes and the complex of the human body.

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In this Q&A artist Roberto Garza shares with PoseSpace how his style changed over the years, the importance of figure drawing, some important advice for young artists, and more.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

To hopefully continue my success. I have recently been asked again to do courtroom illustrations for the ABC show 20/20. my hope is to continue along that avenue. 

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How has your style changed over the years?

I use a technique called cross hatching in all my drawings. I first started using it back in high school back in 1982 when my high school art teacher at the time introduced me to the Renaissance masters. I got away from it until about 15 years ago and now I have been doing it ever since.   

What is the importance of figure drawing for you?

In my opinion, if you can draw the infinite shapes of the human figure, you can draw anything.       

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What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model? 

PoseSpace is the best source of figurative model images. I really enjoy drawing the wonderful different body types. 

Irina is my favorite PoseSpace model her ability to strike fluid unique poses.

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What is the most valuable lesson or advice you can give to a young or starting artist? 

My advice for a starting artist is to study the style of art that you like. Develop a style that you are comfortable with and practice, practice, practice.

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Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?

Jose’ Luis Garcia Lopez an Argentine comics artist that I have followed since during his run on the Superman comics back in the seventies. His style of figurative work is very powerful and fluid.

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Interview with Claar van Leent

“I always start a painting with an underpainting, which can be made of burnt sienna or raw umber. I also use yellow ocher or ultramarine, depending on the ambiance of the portrait.”

Claar Van Leent is an exceptional artist from The Netherlands, she began to draw at a very early age, and has dedicated her life to art since then in multiple ways. She specialized in portraits, and has a very sensitive eye to smoothly paint expressions.

When you look at her art, it is quite clear that she is always seeking to immortalize the essence of the people she paints. Some paintings are made live, others from photographs taken from the internet or other media, in any way, the result is beautiful , and worth sharing.

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In this Q&A Dutch artist Claar Van Leent Shares with PoseSpace, her background as an artist, beautiful pieces of her artwork, what artist inspired her, her rituals for painting, and more.

Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art?

I was born  in the Netherlands, a small country. As a child, I drew in my sketchbook at the zoo and landscapes nearby, a sketchbook that my two sisters and brother also got from our father. We received drawing and painting lessons from an early age.

Later, in my twenties, I went to a well known academy in Amsterdam. What first seemed a blissful period turned into a disappointment. The conceptual weft was a priority in the 1980’s, the craft was a neglected part of the skills, so I left the academy disappointed, then I completed another creative education elsewhere and started teaching children.

It wasn’t until 2014 that I started painting again, first at a fine-painting Academy to pick up the craft, later I followed many other courses and masterclasses at the New Masters Academy (Huntington Beach, CA) I also learned a lot from the online tutorials from Joseph Todorovitch, Bill Perkins and Steve Huston, and followed tutorials from Cesar Santos and David Shevlino.

I joined an Artists’ Association and I paint and draw weekly in a portrait and model group. I did not pick up painting again until late, just for that reason I hope to become very old!

My sisters, brother and me (front), drawing in the zoo. 

What  are your favorite mediums and why?

I like to paint in oil paint, I really like the ‘flowing character’ of oil paint and colors dry as applied. Acrylic paint gets darker when dried. That is a major disadvantage if you continue working on your painting. I also find the short drying time of acrylic unpleasant.

Charcoal also is a material I really enjoy working with. It offers endless possibilities, wonderful to swipe, to ‘draw’ with a kneaded eraser and to apply subtle refinements next to thick, firm lines and surfaces.

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model? 

Pose Space is my favorite website.  Next to working with live models, this offers a wonderful addition.  The models are well lit and professionally photographed over 360 degrees, and the offer is huge.

My favorite model is Anastasia.  She has a classic face and is nicknamed the ‘Venus of Milo’ 🙂

But Ben, Ayame, Pepper, Alyssa, Eliot, and Shandra also are great models. And….. they are ‘very still’ too😀

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What  are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

Deepening the portrait, in color, background and composition, I can probably fill a lifetime with that.

Painting plein air is also a wish, for the time being as a hobby on a trip or during a walk. There are two sayings, one by Renoir and one by Van Gogh that hang in my studio….

Renoir “This drawing took me five minutes to make, but sixty years to do so”.

Van Gogh “Doing small things well is a step towards doing big things better”.

How do you start a work — do you have any rituals?

I always start a painting with an underpainting, which can be made of burnt sienna or raw umber. I also use yellow ocher or ultramarine, depending on the ambiance of the portrait, sometimes I work it out in detail, but just roughly in three tones also. 

I usually listen to classical music, get my palette ready, pick my brushes, and then I work in 30 minute sessions. Every 30 minutes I stop briefly, watch from a distance, and then continue working.

And when I start to get tired I stop. In the past I often kept going, and could then ruin my work done during the entire day in fifteen minutes.

Anastasia, oil painting (portrait) with the drawing program Procreate (background) to try and find out what works and what doesn’t.  Later I converted the designs into a painting in oil.

Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?

I visit many exhibitions in the Netherlands and I admire many artists from art history.  Van Sorolla, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and Mancini… and many more. I also study material to improve myself.

Some living artists who work I admire are: Ray Turner (US) for his brushstroke and special use of color. The portraits of Mustafa Özel (Turkish) have a firm brushstroke but with a delicate appearance.

Two Dutch painters that I really appreciate are: Jantien de Boer for her smooth touch and warm colours and Svetlana Tartakovska (originated Ukrain) at whom I took masterclasses.

She is a classically trained painter and understands better than anyone how to convey the complicated matter of color, tone value and saturation, driven and endlessly patient.

Above: Painting from artist Ray Turner – Below: Painting from artist Mustafa Özel

website: www.claarvanleent.nl

Instagram: @claarvantleent

 

Interview with Rebecca Scheuerman

 “I love to create powerful images, and I love seeing female artists conquer areas of the art world that have been dominated by men. It is time to fill the museums with female artists creating male nudes”

Rebecca Scheuerman is an incredible, talented and multifaceted artist, trained in classical realism working with modern themes in traditional media.  She remained self-taught in her early years, under the concept that traditional ways were lost. It wasn’t until her thirties when she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Schuler School of Fine Art.

It was then,  when she discovered the great passion that had grown inside her  for both, the portrait and figure, and desire to represent the human form through drawing, painting, and sculpture.

“Eggplant”, Oil, model: JohnV

In this Q&A artist Rebecca Scheuerman shares with PoseSpace her background as an artist, her goals and aspirations, what challenges she faced working with the nude figure, some great advice for beginner artists and more.

Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art?

    I became an artist later in life. I have always had a love for the old masters and realism. I thought that their skills were lost, and was not interested in the contemporary art scene. I had always sketched and drawn for myself. It was not until my thirties that I learned about ateliers and the preservation of traditional techniques. I changed my whole life and devoted myself to mastering painting, drawing and sculpture. I have not looked back.

“Infinity”, Sculpture, model: Jesse

How has your style changed over the years?

    As I have grown as an artist, I have learned more and more what interests me. I love texture, deep contrast, swing and movement. Now I look for these concepts when creating composition and choosing subjects. As a representational artist, I have been trained to create in a very realistic way. Over the years I have developed my own style that has become a little looser. The path to creating our own style in realism is a long one, and often takes a lifetime. It is a lifetime well spent.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

    My main goal as an artist is to keep developing my skill over my entire life. I want to be the greatest artist I can be. This means pushing myself in areas of my technique, composition and concept. For this journey to work I also devote time to being a successful working artist. The business side does not come easy to me, and I make sure to set professional goals as well as artistic ones.

“In Wait”, Oil, model: JohnyG

What challenges do you face working with the nude figure?

    One of the biggest challenges to working with the nude figure is setting the model up with a great pose. I want dynamic poses and these are often difficult to hold. When creating my own art, I must push myself to let go. I need to let myself sacrifice perfect technique in order to capture the movement and life of the model.

What life experiences have influenced your work?

    I have been greatly influenced by powerful women in my life: family, mentors, role models, and artists. I love to create powerful images, and I love seeing female artists conquer areas of the art world that have been dominated by men. It is time to fill the museums with female artists creating male nudes.

“Prometheus Bound”, Sculpture, model: Jesse

What’s been your greatest artistic success?

    The important successes to me have been the small breakthroughs. In a way awards are meaningless. I have come to see how subjective judges are. Competitions are important to build a name for yourself, but I don’t measure my value by them. Rather I remember my own development as an artist. The first time I captured a great likeness of a model. When I was able to keep up with my instructor in a paint along. My first sale. Making a successful hour long alla prima training video. These are the things that give me confidence to continue working on my own.

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model? 

    PoseSpace has been important to me with my training in art. I have used it to supplement times in school when we didn’t have a live model. Before I had built up my own contacts this was the only access I had to great models and poses. With quarantine in 2020 it became a lifesaver. I had my first solo show in March of 2021, and I relied on PoseSpace for inspiration and references. My favorite model is Jesse. His poses are fluid and powerful at the same time.

“Under the Veil”, Oil, model: AnaIv

What advice would you give to young artists?

    Never stop developing your skill and training your eye. So much of making a career as an artist is hard work. If this is what you really want, you absolutely can make a living doing it. Become the absolute best you can be. Get ready for a lot of criticism and rejection. Build a really strong support system mixed with people that will build you up and push you hard.

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Interview with Raman Bhardwaj

“I changed my painting style to a more gestural figures in bold forceful brush strokes something which I have been perfecting since 2003 and now the figures are becoming more subtle and the sweeping gestural strokes are becoming the louder expression in my paintings”

Raman Bhardwaj is a South Asian illustrator based in Greensboro, North Carolina. An extraordinary, multifaceted artist with a long career, who is currently freelancing as an illustrator, painter and muralist. 

His artwork ranges from bold, expressionistic paintings, to saturated ethnic art, to pop art to realistic paintings and murals to figurative line drawings.

In this Q&A South Asian illustrator Raman Bhardwaj shares with Pose Space how his style changed over the years, his background as an artist, his favorites materials, and more:

Can you tell us about your background and how you got interested in art?

A: I am a South Asian artist born in India in1976 and now based in NC, USA. I fell in love with drawing when I was about 6 years of age though my parents used to saiy I have been doodling on their books since an infant. In my school days I drew a lot and by 7th standard I decided to join the College of art after completing school and be a professional artist.

What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?

A: I want to have my art exhibitions in reputed galleries in America and Europe. I want to have my work owned by some famous museums in the world. I want to paint some murals in different countries and I want to illustrate some children books for renowned publishers.

How has your style changed over the years?

A: In fine arts, I started as a realistic figurative artist though I also delved in stylized figurative line drawings and about 6 years I changed my painting style to a more gestural figures in bold forceful brush strokes something which I have been perfecting since 2003 and now the figures are becoming more subtle and the sweeping gestural strokes are becoming the louder expression in my paintings. 

What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?

A: PoseSpace is a great resource of anyone interested in figure drawing from models.

I do not have a favorite model but I have taken reference for some of my drawings from PoseSpace.

What advice would you give to beginner artists?

A: Sketch a lot. If your drawing is perfected you can do anything be it painting, sculpture or design.

Do you prefer a series of materials (certain colors, utensils …) when creating, or are you changing?

 I prefer painting mostly with Acrylics, rarely oils.  I use beige, black, orange, red, ultramarine blue in most of my works.

Rebirth of Venus Mural at Brewers’ Kettle, Kernersville, NC. 2018. 15 x 8 ft.

Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?

A: I like the hyper realistic works of Spanish artist Eloy Morales.

Instagram: @artistraman

Website: www.artistraman.com