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Life Drawing: Vanna Mae as Queen Vashti. Thursday Night. May 1, 2014

140504 Queen Vashti zoomed in on face 4

Thursday night. May 1, 2014

I have been waiting patiently to paint one of my favorite models, Vanna Mae again. Finally, our beautiful, young, full time Artist’s Model was back at Medi’s FMA studio in Costa Mesa. Yay! This was the second time I worked with Vanna Mae. Here are some of my work done that night with her.

2 minute sketch.

140501 Vanna Mae 2 minute sketch back view holding hair

Another 2 minute warm up sketch. I was tired and the strokes were less focused.

140501 Vanna Mae 2 minute sketch on one leg

Finally, the long pose: 1 hour pose broken into 20 minute sessions. In 1 hour, I was able to get some work in. I wish there were longer poses so I can finish my life drawing pieces.

Vanna Mae’s pose reminded me of someone…Perched atop the throne of a queen, great-granddaughter of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the daughter of King Belzassar, Queen Vashti.

140501 Vanna Mae as Queen Vashti 2

Will full royal blood throttling through her veins, Queen Vashti decided to decline her husband King Ahasuerus’ summons to be paraded in front of his royal drinking companions, in her crown, and perhaps nothing else but.

140504 Queen Vashti s answer

Decisive moments leading to Vashti’s eventual banishment…

140504 Queen Vashti s expression

Savoring the mixed tastes of hubris, indignation and sweet mortal defiance against her monarch-spouse who reigned above her.

140504 Queen Vashti zoomed in on face 4

I did not capture a full likeness of the model, who has a pleasing rounder-shaped face. The character in my painting looked more Asian Indian, and had a narrower face. Oh, well! More reason to work again with this model at a future time. Click here to view my work from the first night working with Vanna Mae.

Thank you Vanna Mae for posing for us tonight. Thank you Medi for hosting our session and thank you to all the artists: Denise, Bradley, unnamed twins, and others for an enjoyable creative evening together! – Jzin

About Medi’s FMA Art Studio in Costa Mesa, CA.

Life figure drawing sessions are free for new artists at Medi’s studio. This studio even provides monster boards, newsprints, charcoals to welcome the new folks. The fee for the 4 hour (7pm-10pm) life drawing session for the rest of us is $10. Medi sometimes even serve the artists bries, cheeses, crackers, hot organic teas and wines. We are well taken care of. Contact Medi (below) for more information if you would like to join us in Orange County, California. – Jzin

Medi Bendanna, Frame My Art Studio in Costa Mesa, California.

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About Vanna Mae, our model for this evening:

  • Professional Artist’s Model
  • Hey Vanna Mae, drop me a line if you want me to add anything else! – Jzin

Click below to see my other works.

140131 Detail of torso, with logo.Yoni the Jew with scimitar. Life model academic nude at FMA studio, Costa Mesa

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130315 Bacchus et Ariadne by Jzin Teng 1998. Detail Laocoon

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