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.
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.
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!
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
(Feb 7, 2016) Para shaolin monk ang dating!
(Feb 7, 2016) Congrats! Love the story and saying YES to life.
(Feb 7, 2016) Nice!!!
(Feb 6, 2016) Gigit! You lead an interesting life! I want it!
(Feb 6, 2016) Thanks for being our model, Gigit! You were fantastic!
"Thanks for being our model" -- Janice Liuson-Young
(Feb 6, 2016) It was a privilege Janice, thank you for having me :)
Maisy Faith Pasahingue-Sievert
(Feb 6, 2016) Amazing body sculpt!
Jeff Dan Barrientos
(Feb 6, 2016) Ang Abs!
(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.
(Feb 6, 2016) Wow that's so cool...most of them were sketches....I see..great Git
(Feb 6, 2016) Should have been nude to empower unity.
"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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