Heavy Metal Cover Superstar Stacy E. Walker on Working as an Artist's Model
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All artists work differently. Most illustrators do work from photography, only because sometimes it just takes too long or that's what they're used to. There are a few who want to get sketches and then they'll go back and fill it in after that.
Romance was always photography. A lot of time, those guys would just paint on top of the photos because they had to get it done so fast.
Generally, they know what they want. A lot of times, they will send me a sketch or a thumbnail first, so I can go in there prepared. I bring whatever props or costuming I can bring and really try to help the artist tell their story. I think of myself as a collaborator and it's my job to help you evoke that character and bring that life into your painting.
Do you have certain characters that you like to portray?
It runs the gamut. I really love any kind of sword and sorcery, any sort of really high, intense fantasy. I also love anything with pulp or film noir-related. Those are probably my two favorite things, as well as classic pin-up.
What goes into your career from a business perspective? How much do you have to put into marketing yourself and the day-to-day business?
It never stops. When I decided that I really wanted to put myself out there and let people know what I do, it became 24/7. Right now, I'm building a whole new website because I'm modeling so much more for video games and animation studios out here. That's a whole other thing to add.
You have to be constantly contacting people and people are always contacting me. It never stops. It's 24/7. I go out and I do shows.
This is what I love to do and I'm going to try to do it for as long as I can, until hopefully someone really lets me be a character in a movie. I've got a few things on the table now that I'm going to try to pitch and sell myself, so, fingers crossed.