People commissions

COMMISSIONS: PEOPLE

The majority of my models are not professionals.  They are everyday people posing for the first time.


In these galleries, a few of them have shared their pictures and recollections.  They were all happy to help promote what I do but, even so, I have changed a few names to respect privacy.  I didn't set out to start this service, it just kind of happened.  It seems everyone who has taken the plunge so far has absolutely loved it.  The result for each of them is a unique and very personal work of art.  It is exciting to think that framed picture on the wall might outlast all of us.


In addition to the artwork, the models clearly gain a boost in self-confidence.  The liberating nature of the experience has become part of a life change for one or two.  I know this is why they are happy to share their experiences here. Once you've done it, you think everyone should try it.


A session is typically four hours and models usually travel to me, but in some cases we can work together at your home.  During the session, we create a number of poses and drawings.  Later you make a selection of the best one (or more) to frame.  If you are interested, contact me and I can tell you more about how it works.

Kelley

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Kelley is an actress and TV stunt woman.  She is also trained in the use of medieval weapons and owns her own long sword.  (She's not as scary as that makes her sound.)


Ahead of the session, Rob was great at chatting through what I wanted to do.  On the day, he made me feel really comfortable.  ...It just felt easy and natural.


Time flew by.  It was surprising how quick the poses were... By the time we finished the session we had plenty to choose from.  With lots of different styles.


I wanted to recreate a classic painting with a mirror.  Rob absolutely nailed it and that is the picture I have framed on the wall at home.


I also interested in something special for my partner as a surprise ...I brought along lingerie to model. My partner was absolutely thrilled with the result and was so impressed that I did this.


It was a brilliant experience, I'd recommend it to anyone.  Actually, I can't wait to do it again.

Debora

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Debora fighting back
Debora power woman
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Debora is an NHS nurse and works long hours helping others. She never thought she might pose for an artist, but was recommended to try by a friend and decided to give it a go.


It was an amazing experience. Rob encouraged me to be myself... the drawings that came out of the session really felt like ME.


I was surprised how easy it was. Very calm and natural.  And fun!  We shared a vision of portraying me as independant and strong.  Many of the best poses came directly from trying to communicate that.


I finished the session feeling really proud of what we had achieved and absolutely delighted with the results.


Sometimes I am not comfortable with my body... I often wear loose clothes to cover my shape.  Since doing this, I am much more confident about who I am and how I look... I am at home in my body a lot more.



Jools

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Jools has a grown up daughter who modelled for me.  She was going through a difficult menopause and wanted to do something that reinstated her feminity.


When I saw the pictures of my daughter and heard how much she enjoyed it, I really wanted to give this a go.  It wasn't something I expected to do at my age... it was a brilliant experience.  I wish I had done it earlier!


I had a few ideas and Rob was great at talking about how to make them work and adding other thoughts. We did loads of different things.  He works very fast.


There was some gear I wanted to try for some pictures but mostly we just did natural simple poses.  It is wonderful how different aspects of me come across in the pictures.


I showed the paintings to friends and they didn't realise it was me to start with.  They were amazed when they realised who it was.


I have my favourite one hanging over my bed at home now.

Fran

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Fran sleeping safe
Fran rainbow woman
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Fran is a teacher in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).  Her friend had already posed for me and suggested she should try too.  I love the feminine side of women, but I am also keen to show how strong they can be.  Fran revealed both qualities in abundance.


It took me a while to get the courage, but I am really glad I did.  I loved it.


Rob was able to show different aspects of who I am.  He was great at getting me to relax and be myself.  Some of the poses were tough, because they are genuine fencing positions, but it was worth it.  They are uniquely me.


It was fascinating seeing myself through someone else's eyes.  Rob brought out things about me in the pictures I don't think about.


I felt good about myself afterwards.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone lacking body confidence.  (Which is most of us, right?) It changes the way you view yourself.  You realise how the details you focus on in the mirror are not what others see at all.


Emmie

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Emmie Curtain Raiser
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Emmie is a health worker who helps isolated people.  Her boyfriend put her up to doing this because he thought she would love it.


My boyfriend suggested I do this... I'm not that confident in myself and I wasn't sure.  But I saw the other pictures Rob had done and thought I would try it... I've never posed for an artist before.


I absolutely loved it from beginning to end.  It was just so much fun... Rob helped suggest poses that were dynamic but comfortable to hold.  I felt so relaxed during one pose I even fell asleep.


We produced a lovely collection of pictures.  In fact, Rob sold one in an exhibition.  Apparently, I'm hanging on someone's wall in South Africa right now. Which is a weird and wonderful thought.


On the way home, I was so excited and pleased with myself... I couldn't stop talking about it for days.  Of course, my boyfriend loved the pictures!  I'd definitely do it again.

Katie

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Katie was pregnant when she came into the gallery and wondered if I could draw her.  We waited until she was properly showing before we did the session. It was a delight help create a record of this incredible thing a woman's body can do.


I did a some photos for my previous pregnancy but I wanted something different this time... Rob has a unique style that I love.


Given my condition, I was a bit worried about long poses, but most of them were only a few minutes... he's really quick. Even the standing ones were surprisingly easy.


Rob always checked I was okay and we talked about the results as we went along... we produced a whole pile of lovely drawings.


I was delighted with the results! I had two of the pictures framed.  They are on the wall in our upstairs landing.  I love the comments when people see who it is in the pictures. It's a great souvenier of a very special time and something to show my son when he grows up!

St├ęphane

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St├ęphane is a high achieving creative professional.


I have always hated my photo being taken but,  with Rob's way of working, I knew no one would ever realise who was in the pictures unless I told them, so it could remain anonymous... I just thought, 'why not?'


I turned proudly sixty at about the same time and this felt a liberating way to celebrate that.  It was exactly that!  A totally relaxed and fun experience.


Rob put one of my pictures in an exhibition and it was a thrill to see myself up on the wall.  I was there when someone started talking about how they loved my picture.  They had no idea it I was standing right next to them!


I'd recommend anyone to take the leap and have a portrait done - it's really fun and life affirming.


Susie

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Susie is an office worker but has an instagram channel where she discusses and promotes body positivity.


I had a bucket list of thirty things to at thirty.  'Pose nude for an artist' was on there. I don't have a problem with my body right now, but when I was younger, I used to.  I saw the work Rob had done with other women and loved how he made them look positive but still feminine.


To be honest, I was nervous before.. I thought I would be totally out of my comfort zone... Rob really put me at ease and in no time I just started to enjoy myself.  Honestly, the glass of wine in the picture is a prop, not Dutch courage!


I had specific things I wanted to try, because I knew the different styles Rob does, but we also tried other ideas we just thought of on the day.  It was really collaborative and creative.


I'm proud of the pictures.  My followers on Instagram loved them too... they make a great starting point to talk about body positive issues, which is a passion of mine.


Julie

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Julie is a three-times grandmother and a public service worker.  She wanted to do something special to mark her sixtieth birthday.


My husband thought I was crazy wanting to do this... I just loved the idea of doing something a bit crazy.  He soon changed his mind when he saw the results.


It was just fun from start to finish.  Rob encouraged me to try natural poses, like I was sunbathing. Actually, the sun was shining through the windows and that's exactly what I was doing.


I wish I had done something like this when I was younger, but I would probably have been to uptight.  Now I'm older, I don't care what anyone thinks anymore.  I just want to be me.  If people aren't comfortable with that, it is their problem.


I enjoy showing the pictures to unsuspecting friends... then revealing who is in the picture.  One of hubby's workmates almost had heart failure when he realised!