A photo with my brother Kevin Demery @weighted_by_gold in front of his piece “Colors Above”. Catch us both at @expochicago where he will be showing at the SAIC booth, and I will be with @artdesignchicago as an Artist Ambassador.
Wabisabi And Fiasco are both in progress so here’s some #figuredrawing I did in class! Most are 5-10 minutes, really loved our model he kept laughing at our teach it was so cute #lcadillustration lmao these are weirdly cropped but I got a headache and I wish insta’s format was better
Words & Model: @johodaniels
"My relationship with my body is partly tied with my sexuality. Fat people are made to feel devoid of sexuality and sensuality. Our bodies are made for the entertainment of others, an example of 'bad health', unworthiness and the before to an after. Being Queer I feel the pressure for my body to conform is exponential. Men are already visual and being a man attracted to other men, I've been made to feel inadequate in comparison.
I shouldn't find myself, find another fat body appealing and shouldn't be found appealing. But that's changing. The rise of representation for fat bodies, particularly for Queer men, I'm realizing that this isn't our paradigm and that Fat has nothing to do with sexuality. Why can't I be fat and have strong sexual energy? Why can't I be fat and enjoy sex? Those notions aren't real and through seeing that I'm seeing that my relationship with my body and my sexuality, can exist together without co-depency. And that's changed how I've seen my body a lot. I've begun to love myself more and more. Love my body for the home that it provides. And the beauty it holds. My relationship to my sexuality is improving too. The Gay Community has many faults that exist. I know that this doesn't have to be one of them. We have space. We have power. We have agency. Being a QPOC of Size is a strength and we do have the power to change the community that ostracizes us."
Thank you @johodaniels for sharing 🙏🏽
For the #qpocartbyrafaellaangelica series, where I do gesture drawings of QPOC & share their stories. DM to be featured! 🌈
This was the most challenging pose I have ever done. I have done this kind of pose before but not for 4 hours and not with my foot 18 inches off the floor on two concrete cinder blocks. I thought the concrete blocks would make the pose more stable but having my left leg this high seemed make the pose far more difficult since I think my right leg was now supporting the entire weight of my body including my left leg. At the two hour mark in the drawing and painting workshop at LCAD I felt my right leg begin to weaken dramatically despite the fact I was taking a break every 20 minutes. At the end of this 20 minute pose (two hours into the 4 hour pose) I removed my foot from the bricks and my right knee bent just enough that my leg collapsed from under me. So I fell onto the model stand in a heap. Having two hours left I decided to change my strategy and do 5 minute poses followed by a 30 second break and then returning to the pose for another 5 minutes. This seemed to work and I made it to the end of the four hour workshop. #artmodel#figuredrawing#figuremodel#figurepainting#workshop#greekwarrior