Friday, March 5, 2010

Arnold Art

Graphite and chalk sketch
8 1/2 x 11"

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka: the governator) is in Columbus this weekend. I hope to get the chance to meet him on Sunday.

Why is this even on my blog, you ask? Because every year, Arnold hosts a huge Sports and Fitness Expo here in our fair city This year, along with the bodybuilding competitions and various other sports, 50 artists from all over were selected to paint or draw the athletes. I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate.
So, today we had athlete/models to sketch and draw for several hours then we were turned loose throughout the convention with our digital cameras and sketchpads. Tomorrow we will show up bright and early (7:30 a.m.!) to begin to create a piece that we will frame and have ready for a show on Sunday. There are prizes awarded and Arnold himself is choosing a favorite.

Today was so much fun and such a pleasure to have these amazing athletes to model for us. (However, they had no idea that holding a pose for hours could be so physically challenging.)
So, now you know why the Terminator is on my blog.


Serena said...

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my son's favourite people. Reece is big into weight training and personal fitness so I can't wait to tell him that you will actually be drawing some of the athletes at the festival. Lucky YOU!

Quilt Knit said...

You are lucky! I used to have the book on the Golden era of Body Building. I loved that book. Everyone thought I was weird looking at men's bodies. Learning the muscles. No one understood the education for art you can achieve by studying Body Builders. The women were great at that time too. Not anymore. The new crop gives me the bumps and run as fast as you can feeling.
Have fun! Glad to see you are back.

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