Model Mayhem is turning out to be a bust. I thought I had a male model secured for a photo shoot, but after sending all the pertinent details a few days ago, I have still not heard back for a confirmation.

So with a deadline approaching for a pencil portrait, commissioned once again by my favorite client, I began drawing her cute little baby girl. My mind will wander sometimes while working on an art piece, and I suppose because the model issue has been so prominent lately, it suddenly dawned on me that my client once told me that she has four older daughters who would make excellent models. I stopped what I was doing and quickly messaged her. Over the course of the next hour, she sent me tons of pictures of all her daughters and their husbands and boyfriends. And they were all indeed model material. I sent her my concept art showing what I was after. One of her daughter’s boyfriends is a mixed martial arts cage fighter, and I actually remembered him from when I trained for a bit at a local MMA school (my son attended the same school for six years). Anyway, I was excited. It sounded like all of them were interested in helping me, so now I have to set to work planning out the next five or six paintings so that I can get some photo shoot time with all of them.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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