So I decided to digitally create my own models. Here's an example of one I hope to work on this weekend:
I found the above photo online when I searched Google images for tango dancers. I love the way the bodies melt into one another and the sensuous line. Then I pulled the image into PhotoShop and began to alter it, erasing the male figure as I wanted to isolate the female form. By using various effects, such as charcoal and pencil, I ended with this variation, which gives me a clear sense of line and of light & shadow. I'll probably enlarge this to page size (8 x 10) and work from there.
So when desperate for a model to sketch/paint from, why not give it a try? There are other variations I'm trying also -- the effect of stone would be cool or manipulating the colors and adding layers of texture to reach a more "painterly" look. And the beauty is -- these models do not talk back, do not fidget, text their friends or change the pose. Think about it . . .
"the imagination spins and weaves new patterns . . . pure inventions,
absurdities, and improvisations."