MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/davidmatthewandrew
I'm a Scottish painter recently moved to Beijing who likes to work with live models, either drawing and painting from life or by first photographing and then painting the models. I really like photographing first as it gives me a wide range of more natural gestures than life-drawing allows and has the added bonus of producing photos that my models can use for their own portfolio.
I really enjoy the artist/model collaboration, as I never know where the session will take me or what the model has to offer. I think of the work I produce with models as "our" work, as I couldn't do it without them! I often start out with a specific idea and the model takes me in entirely different directions, truly inspiring me.
For what it's worth, I was an international model myself for many years (and many years ago!) based in London, Milan and Los Angeles and working all over the world. I made over 50 TV commercials and innumerable print campaigns. (partial list of credits below). I think this gives me valuable insight when working with models and I also freely offer the benefit of my experience to any aspiring models who want it. I'm always happy to offer portfolio critiques, only if requested. I can usually tell very quickly who has a chance of making it in this extremely competitive business, but then that's not always everyone's goal. A close friend in London (who was my agent) owns a successful model agency there, so I can also help with introductions there and elsewhere, for the right person.
I intend to contact local models on MM when I find someone with a specific look that may work for a painting, but since I'm also interested in collaboration, please feel free to get in touch if you want to meet, chat about the business, trade work for photos, etc. I can't promise to be available, but you'll always get a prompt and courteous response.
I'd also love to meet with other painters and photographers in the area and perhaps collaborate, since I'm not a professional photographer myself.
Good luck to you all and I hope to connect soon. Please feel free to get in touch.
TV COMMERCIALS (partial list)
Gillette Sensor (USA/Worldwide) Joseph Hanwright (Dir.)
Gillette Grooming (USA/Worldwide) Joseph Hanwright
Pernod (UK) Marek Kanievska (Dir.)
Ford (UK) Ray Rathbone (Dir.)
Rank Xerox (USA) David Bailey (Dir.)
Honda (UK) Chris Hartwill (Dir.)
Remy Martin (Germany)
Korean Airlines (Germany)
Merit Cigarettes (Japan) Caleb Deschanel (Dir.)
Nestle (France) David Bailey (Dir.)
Tennents Lager (UK) David Bailey (Dir.)
Iberia Airlines (Spain) Peter Mass (Dir.)
Roquefort Cheese (France) John St Clair (Dir.)
Green Sands Beer (Portugal) Shots Films
Dowe Egberts Coffee (Netherlands) Will v d Flugt (Dir.)
PRINT (partial list)
Marks & Spencer