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Yoga Modeling for the Feati School of Fine Arts Feb 4, 2016

Yoga Modeling for the Feati School of Fine Arts

GPS waypoint: 14°35'15.2"N 120°58'37.4"E
Location: Galeria De Las Islas, 744 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Metro Manila
(02) 527 2113

Sketching at Galeria de las Islas
When I was invited by Ronski Beski, a faculty of the Feati School of Fine Arts, to model a few yoga poses for a sketching session of the faculty and students of the college, it was another chance for me to do something different and exciting. It was new ground for me and I welcomed the chance to catch up with Ronski and their dean, Janice Liuson-Young, both of whom are friends from back in the day. The session was held in the historic Intramuros at Galeria de las Islas.

Intramuros Back in the Day
This gig also takes me back to my elementary days when I was a grade schooler studying at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, right in the heart of the fort city, Intramuros. It wasn't developed then for tourism when I was a kid. They were half-buried ruins, neglected and ignored. But they served as my playground as me and my classmates would play hide-and-seek in the many hidden alleys and pockets of these dungeon-like caverns. That was an era when the world was a little more innocent, when people didn't walk with a hurried pace.

Challenges
The difficulty of holding a yoga pose for a sketch is that the pose needs to be held in intervals of 20 minutes - even the easy yoga poses become very difficult if held for that length of time, let alone the advanced poses. They took shots of the advanced poses as long as I could hold it - usually 10 breaths. For the long extended pose, they settled on a non-yoga pose, but still difficult as I had to contract my abs for the entire 30 minutes the pose lasted.

sketch session

Ending Thoughts
The experience was flattering, more than anything else. Sketch models are usually young muscle-bound guys - I know, as I have seen a few sessions myself when I was still faculty at the UP College of Fine Arts. Let's just say I'm no spring chicken.

This was new ground and a little out of my comfort zone. But as a general rule, when opportunities like that knock on my door, I don't say No. Life unravels through these opportunities and serve as conduit to open-up more doors for other possibilities to happen. Thank you Ronski and Janice!

--- TheLoneRider

ps - to the other artists who sketched me, I would like to feature your sketch as well on this blog (with due credit). You may attach it to your PM. Thank you!

Galeria de las Islas

some pictures lifted from the Galeria de las Islas site, Feati University School of Fine Arts site and Ronna's site

passing by a Katipunan monument on the way to Intramuros inside the walled city of Intramuros there were a few sketch sessions lined up for the day - this one preceded mine instead of just waiting for my turn, I joined the artists in sketching the model
that's the most I could muster meeting the lovely model - she signed my work :) seeing Janice again after 8 years! She's also the dean for the School of Fine Arts group shot with the students, faculty and alumni of the School of Fine Arts
doing a knuckle Utpluthih Asana doing Ardha Matsyendrasana Asana (Half Lord of the Fishes) Warrior II Pose | Virabhadrasana II walled-assisted one-hand handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
Extended Side Angle Pose | Utthita Parsvakonasana ultimately, the artists settled on a non-yoga pose for the sketch holding this pose for 30 minutes I came close to an abdominal cramp
the final product by Janice Liuson-Young. She gave me this copy. Thanks Janice! Ronna also gave me this copy. Thanks Ronna! by Manuel Gabriel again, by Manuel Gabriel
another work by Janice Liuson-Young Joseph Villamar gave me his sketch. Thanks Joseph! with Ronna and her work event poster
19x13 pastel and gouache on paper by Simkin de Pio by Manuel Gabriel by Ronna Beski by Ronna Beski
by Ronna Beski  
Feati School of Fine Arts
Feati School of Fine Arts
Facebook Official Page
Galeria De Las Islas
Galeria De Las Islas
Facebook Official Page

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Reader Comments:

Tony AnchetaTony Ancheta
(Feb 7, 2016) Para shaolin monk ang dating!

Nichole KerleNichole Kerle
(Feb 7, 2016) Congrats! Love the story and saying YES to life.

Joi AkinoJoi Akino
(Feb 7, 2016) Nice!!!

Dulce CapadociaDulce
(Feb 6, 2016) Gigit! You lead an interesting life! I want it!

Janice Liuson-YoungJanice Liuson-Young
(Feb 6, 2016) Thanks for being our model, Gigit! You were fantastic!

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
"Thanks for being our model" -- Janice Liuson-Young
(Feb 6, 2016) It was a privilege Janice, thank you for having me :)

Maisy Faith Pasahingue-SievertMaisy Faith Pasahingue-Sievert
(Feb 6, 2016) Amazing body sculpt!

Jeff Dan BarrientosJeff Dan Barrientos
(Feb 6, 2016) Ang Abs!

Doris RodriguezDoris Rodriguez
(Feb 6, 2016) Is it with Prof Raul G Rodriguez? He is a good friend and an animator also before in Burbank animation studio, the 1st animation studio here in the Philippines. Nice, having you pose for the artists.

Lyn ReyesLyn Reyes
(Feb 6, 2016) Wow that's so cool...most of them were sketches....I see..great Git

Kwanyin AngKwanyin Ang
(Feb 6, 2016) Should have been nude to empower unity.

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
"Should have been nude to empower unity" -- Kwanyin Ang
(Feb 6, 2016) may minimum size daw...didn't quite make it :)

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