Thursday, February 19, 2009

Paint With an Artist (with Anime model)

A community program event sponsored by RRAA in partnership with the Esther Bone Library called, "Paint With an Artist (or draw)" using a live model dressed in Anime costume.

Our model Mandi (she came up with the concept of being a model in Anime costume). Her character is called, Chii and this is from the Anime series called, "Chobits".

Overview shot of the set up that we had there at the library.

Seth (camera shy) with his work in progress.

Hartell (I'm not sure if I have his name spelled correctly) with his work in progress. He too, was camera shy.

Arick with his painting in progress.

Joshua with his work in progress. This was his first time using the watercolor as a paint medium. He is an old pro with the oils.

Iyliana (I 'm not sure if I have her name spelled correctly here too) with her work. She was fearless in her approach!

Joanne McDevitt (who paired up with Arick) here with Model Mandi and Arick, along with his completed work. Good job, huh?

Here's Seth's completed drawing. Since he was camera shy, this is all we get to see folks! I love the content that he added to his work.

Joshua's painting. Pretty neat, huh?

Joshua with our model, Mandi along with his completed work. By the way, some of Joshua's work will be on exhibit at the Esther Bone Library (the "yellow wall" in the reading room) from March 5th through May 2nd. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Thank you Mandi, for the concept and time! And to the library manager, Rob Nankin for the collaboration on this project. Last, but not least, thank you to the artists who donated their time and supplies to give these students a chance to experience something very unique and different. Thanks to Annette Kornbrekke, Joanne McDevitt, Sue Beck, Naomi Hartman and to Nan Adamson. I would say that this was a complete success!

Anime Photoshoot

This was the second part of a RRAA community program done at the Esther Bone Library. Using live models dressed in Anime costumes, the artists paired up with students and did a photo shoot. All photos posted here are courtesy of Paula Scott (Molokai Girl Studio). These images are subject to copyright law; please do not use them without obtaining permission first.

Mandi dressed as Lulu from the Anime series called "Final Fantasy X". Make sure you click on the links provided (anything that is highlighted) in this post to find out more about the story line.

Here's a 'bird's eye' glimpse of the set up we used.

Ashley dressed as Misa from the Anime segment called, "Death Note".

Amanda dressed as Revy from the Anime series called, "Black Lagoon".

I love this group shot. I think it speaks of the characters that these young ladies represent, but also conveys the close bond between the three of them and the passion they share in their interest in Anime/Manga.

That's Sarah on the floor (a student) getting into the photo shoot along with the rest of us. Did I tell you how much fun we all had?

Mandi dressed as the Anime character, Chii (in Googling this character, the costumes for it are endless). This character is from the Anime series called, "Chobits".

Amanda dressed as Tifa from the series, "Final Fantasy VII".

Ashley dressed as Yaya from the series called "Othello".

We also had a delightful young man drop in to see what was going on and he ended up joining us. His name is Jason and he was wishing he had his camera with him. Naomi (an RRAA member) lent him hers to take pictures with and he will get copies of his work via her. We all decided that he should model too. He is a natural!

To the RRAA members that didn't take advantage of this unique opportunity, all we can say is that you really missed out! All of us had a great time and we all gained from the experience (two of the RRAA photographers were landscape photographers, so this was out of the element for them and for me). Along with myself, the other RRAA photographers were: Naomi Hartman, Linda Laitner, and Elliott Framan.

A very deep thank you to Mandi for coming up with this idea and to Rob Nankin, library manager for running with it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Esther Bone Photo Shoot

Great photo shoot this morning at Esther Bone Library. Thanks, Paula for providing this opportunity - even though I don't shoot people, it was fun and a great learning experience! Linda Laitner

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest

RRAA member, Elliott Framan seems to be a bit shy of his most recent win.

New Mexico Magazine hosts an annual photo contest and Elliott won FIRST place in the color category. The winners are published in the February 2009 issue of the magazine.

To see a slide show that contains Elliott's prize winning photo, "The Ditch in Fog" and all the other contest winners, click here. Be sure to watch the video on the judging process too. Very interesting commentaries.

Congratulations, Elliott!

If you are an RRAA member and have won a contest or achieved recognition for your work, please notify any of the blog authors and we will post it for you (or, you can post it yourself by letting Paula Scott know and she will give you publishing authorization on this blog).