Saturday, January 5, 2013

Marco-Paulo: Inspirer

Over the years on FH I have profiled and written about many male models. I have also attempted to examine dissect the different types of models including those with a focus on fashion, commercial models and models who serve as inspiration for works of art. Most recently I have profiled several artists who use the human form not to sell something, but as a source of creative inspiration.

Although all models may be capable of eliciting certain reactions from others, the ability to stimulate, arouse or promote an interest in a product, not all models are able to actually inspire. There are many models, fitness models in particular, who attempt to gain a following by inspiring others in fulfilling their own fitness goals. Although many of them may have the body, or look that others strive for, not all have the talent, knowledge or passion to skillfully act as an agent for change.

All of the models in this feature have appeared and be written about on FH. Each of them for different reasons caused me to pause, even if for just a moment, when viewing their work, and take some time to find out a little more about them. Some are well known fashion models, some are Playgirl models and some are new models, dancers or singers looking to find a foothold within the business. They have all also acted as an inspirer for French artist Marco-Paulo.

Paris artist Marco-Paulo describes himself as an infographist. He has presented his drawings and paintings in various exhibitions and has used his talents in the creation of CD and book covers, illustrations for games, tarot cards and website design. Marco-Paulo likes to use different techniques to mix traditional drawings, pastels, watercolors and acrylic paintings with design and photoshop effects.

Although the artist began drawing at about the same time he could talk, when he got older it was psychology that became the focus of his studies at La Sorbonne in Paris. Not fully content, after graduation, he was was again drawn back to illustration and the creative expression it allowed. Through his drawings, Marco-Paulo was able to combine his love of art, incredibly beautiful men along with aspects of psychology by creating pieces which capture not only the physical beauty, but the emotional core of his subjects as well.

It is fascinating to me how the artist's focus is both the visual and the psychological . Psychology is the study of human behavior and aesthetics, also a scientific term, stems from a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, taste and the appreciation of beauty. On their own they can be quite powerful, but not especially inspirer worthy, unless blended skillfully together.

Marco-Paulo on ModelMayhem
Marco-Paulo on tumblr

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