What You Need to Tell Models to Get Better Photos

What You Need to Tell Models to Get Better Photos

Whether you’ve worked with models for years, or are absolutely an absolute beginner when it comes to model shoots, you can learn something from long-time expert Andrew McMeekin.

Character portrait shot by Andrew McMeekin

As a photographer or artist, working with models can be nerve wracking. (As we’ll soon learn, it’s just as nerve wracking for the models too!) How do you get the right pose to complete the image in your mind’s eye, or even more importantly, in your client’s brief?

Andrew McMeekin makes cinematic photographs with dramatic lighting reminiscent of works by Carravagio or Rembrandt. While he isn’t an “old master” per se, he has been shooting professionally for 12 years, specializing in fashion photography and portraiture, and keeping himself entertained with several series of historical photos.

I drilled down for a behind the scenes look at how McMeekin executes his artistic vision, respects the client brief, and keeps his feet on the ground in an industry that’s known to be a bit… dramatic.

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One Californian Curator’s Quest to Represent Diversity

One Californian Curator’s Quest to Represent Diversity

Linemen Series on D Emptyspace

Joseph Abbati is an artist and curator who’s committed to representing the diverse artists of his San Francisco base. He currently curates themed exhibitions at the State of California building for the senator in office. His exhibits bring together a diverse group of artists on subjects such as housing, nightlife, artists over 50, the Bay Area Asian diaspora, LGBTQ Pride, the Global Climate Action Summit, and Latinx culture.

But Abbati isn’t limited to the skill of curation. He creates artwork that explores controversial topics like “Artspeak”, LGBTQ fetish postings, and the striking stand-out poses that populate the feeds of Instagram influencers. While his art leans towards a bright pop aesthetic, the topics Abbati explores indicate his wry sense of humor.

So, read on to find out how he became a high-profile curator, what he wants when looking for artists to feature, and his ironic musings on an art world that takes itself just a little too seriously.

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Why Michael Dergar is Fighting For Inclusivity in Art

Why Michael Dergar is Fighting For Inclusivity in Art

Orgánico gallery in D Emptyspace by Michael Dergar

Michael Dergar is an impressionist modern artist, who’s made a significant impact on the lives of disabled artists in the US.

His passion for transformation and inclusivity are represented both by the work he does and the artwork he creates. Using colorful, rhythmic patterns, he creates impactful acrylic pieces that communicate his vibrant desire to create more inclusivity in the art world. His work truly is for the community he serves, with 50% of exhibition profits going back into creating more inclusivity.

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Creating Contemporary Portraiture Through Analog and Digital With Jonnie Turpie

Creating Contemporary Portraiture Through Analog and Digital With Jonnie Turpie

Screen Bed by Jonnie Turpie

Jonnie Turpie makes a range of art from a shared studio in Birmingham, UK. His current calling? A deep dive into contemporary portraiture by mixing digital and traditional media to dramatic effect.

As a teenager, Turpie drew, painted and experimented with photography. Contemporary art was new to him as he entered Art College, but he learned with “great students and teachers that encouraged innovation.”

Following a career in film and television, these days he’s going back to his conceptual roots and working on multiple projects that explore the relationship between digital and analog in a modern world.

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Painting Blind With Visually-Impaired Visual Artist John Bramblitt

Painting Blind With Visually-Impaired Visual Artist John Bramblitt

John Bramblit is a visually impaired visual artist based in Denton, Texas. To put it bluntly, he’s blind, but he’s also a painter.

Bramblitt paints by raising lines on the surface of a canvas and altering the consistency of paint so he can ‘feel’ the colors. He’s worked with internationally acclaimed museums like the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to run popular workshops that teach people to see the world as he does and paint using their senses and imagination.

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Making Eco-Friendly Art with Digital Painter Zach McCraw

Making Eco-Friendly Art with Digital Painter Zach McCraw

Gallery in D Emptyspace by Zach McCraw

Zach McCraw is one of those rare people who spends every moment fired up to discover and create. Since late 2018, he’s painted day in and day out, creating over 4,000 digital works of art.

“I’m pushing for the future. I have to be daring. I have to feel wild.”

McCraw lives in the woods, often choosing to immerse himself in his garden while painting. His love of the natural world pushed him to seek ways to turn his love of painting into an eco-friendly endeavor, and he now exclusively paints with digital media.

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Uncovering the Real Politics of Art with Dalibor Polivka

Uncovering the Real Politics of Art with Dalibor Polivka

Indoor Ideas by Dalibor Polivka

Society has a tendency to ignore smaller countries. And considering that there are 195 countries out there — it’s not a big shock. Despite this, there’s still a massive imbalance in the amount of attention society gives to artists from the UK and US. Which is exactly why this interview is worth your time, attention, and even participation.

When I discovered that Dalibor Polivka was a US-based artist who grew up in Slovakia during the communist era, I was intrigued. Polivka is a painter, graphic designer, conceptual artist, and a “man of theatre”. His preferred medium of expression is the art of installation, but his latest project opens the conversation between traditional and digital art. (More details on that further into the interview).

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Exploring Timelessness With Painter Freya Purdue

Exploring Timelessness With Painter Freya Purdue

Artist Freya Purdue next to her work “When there is no more”

This week, we catch up with the award winning Freya Purdue, a UK-based oil painter whose work draws from a wide range of sources — from the most obvious classical themes in painting to the subtlety of philosophical and mystical thought.

“From childhood I knew I was going to be an artist,” but it wasn’t until she was 26 that she enrolled in Saint Martin’s School of Art (now Foyles). She then earned an MA at Chelsea School of Art, and was awarded the Cardiff Junior Fellowship in Painting.

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Painting a Kaleidoscope of Color with Jason Anderson

Painting a Kaleidoscope of Color with Jason Anderson

Marina by Jason Anderson (2019)

When we saw Jason Anderson’s work, we just had to find out who was behind the canvas. His eye-catching art is inspired by the beautiful and varied landscape of his coastal surroundings and his experience as a stained glass artist.

Anderson is a full-time artist based in Dorset, UK. His use of color combined with his bold application creates a compelling composition of large sweeping impasto strokes that blend seamlessly into areas of smooth vibrant color.

We got the chance to chat with him about his painting process, how he developed his unique style, and how he goes about marketing his art via social media.

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Developing a unique (and marketable) style of art with Veronica Wong

Developing a unique (and marketable) style of art with Veronica Wong

D Emptyspace Gallery by Veronica Wong

Veronica Wong is a Texas-based artist who’s unique, award winning painting style is striking to the eye.

This week we caught up with her to get to know her story. She shares some valuable tips on how to market your art, staying financially viable when everything isn’t going to plan, and be prolific on social media.

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