25 June 2010
Lady Noctis: Alt Model Interview
Lady Noctis is a petite creative model with big ambitions of exploring the world through the eyes of art. She currently lives in the Swansea area where she is doing a BA Hons Degree in General Illustration. She said "I love expressing myself with my art, may it be on a page or in front of the camera." She seeks to mould together her passion for illustration with her passion for modelling in order to "create breathtaking pieces of art."
Rather than simply posing in front of the camera, Lady Noctis is a model who wants to be involved; collaboating creative ideas and inspiration with photographers, artists, make-up artists, hairstylists, designers, and clothing companies. She is fascinated by steampunk, gothic, macabre and fantasy works and looks to work within these areas. She also enjoys playing a role when modelling and pefers to do shoots that have a strong sense of narrative; "so the viewer can enjoy the image just as much as I enjoyed creating it."
How and when did you first become interested in fashion and modelling?
I have been interested in alternative fashion for as long as I have known. It has contently been present within my artwork; as I am highly influenced by steampunk and gothic clothing/culture. This can also been seen within my everyday life. My first taste of modelling took place in March last year when I helped out in a local models project recreating a scene from the famous film The Labyrinth. The shoot consisted of non-models, along with many photographers and an artist (Angel Illustrations), who would later be using the images taken from the day as reference material to create a beautiful piece of digital art. It was then from that moment, I caught the modelling bug, and learnt that I enjoyed expressing myself in front of the camera.
You are currently doing a BA degree in General Illustration, how do your interests in illustration and modelling influence and inspire each other?
By doing my degree in illustration it enables me to have a strong creative narrative and a concept for a shoot visualized within my mind; which I tend to later draw on paper. By doing this it gives me a more personal resource to show the photographer of any conceptual ideas I may have for a shoot. In addition to this, I have found my life drawing classes that are included within my course have helped me to be more visually aware of how to hold and pose my body. It has taught me about the lines of the human form, which I use on shoots.
What interests you about alternative fashion in particular?
My particular interests within alternative fashion can be found within Steampunk and Victorian-esque clothing. I swear I should have been born within the Victorian or Edwardian era; I am just in love with corsetry, elaborate laced skirts, petticoats and stockings! I am more comfortable within myself when I am corseted up, it makes me feel confident and beautiful. There is a wonderful elegance to that era of clothing and I love the alternative twists to them.
What's the best piece of modelling advice you've ever been given?
Stay true to yourself, and never do anything you are not comfortable with. Do not be afraid to have fun, if you are not enjoying your shoot this will reflect in your eyes; so make sure you always enjoy what you do.
You told us that you love expressing yourself with your art, whether on the page or in front of the camera. What do you feel is your personal story that you are expressing?
For me it’s self development: this time two years ago I lacked a lot of belief and confidence within myself; especially within all forms of creativity. I can see how I have progressed as a person and can see a new light to my work as a model and an artist. I can see a belief in what I create and see other people support me in these choices. In addition to this a lot of passion and heart now goes within it, and I am now certain this is reflected.
The media is often under criticism for portraying air-brushed images of perfection that real girls can never truly achieve. What are your thoughts on this?
I think the media should start portraying the true aesthetics of the female form, and stop giving girls this false interpretation. Young girls will end up idolizing these false aesthetics, and strive to achieve something that’s impossible. I think it’s time the media starts to be honest with the female form; it’s beautiful in its true and natural way. I can understand an image being edited due to a conceptual art piece, but I have never understood the concept of taking away all the little details that makes a person real. We want to see real people, not this false aesthetic that seems to be presented in today’s media.
What place do you believe modelling has in the world of art?
I believe it has a lot to offer and I can say this as a model and an artist. I have worked with two artists (Angel Illustrations and Fran Williams) as a reference model, the images they take from the shoots I have done with them progress into breathtaking art pieces. It’s amazing to see the evolution of a photograph to a painting. As well as this, I have taken photographs myself to use as reference material of the human form for poses, or even the folds of clothing on my friends; sadly as an artist I haven’t had the pleasure of working with fellow models, but I hope to one day.
Modelling most certainly has a place within the art world, the reason being for this is because artists can use their imagery as stock/reference of course with the photographers permission. In addition to this, the photographer and model create art within themselves; as I like to view a photograph as a photographic illustration.
What are your hopes for your future career?
I hope to continue with my modelling and progress within the industry, working with designers and fellow artists. As well as all of this I hope to launch my own illustrations, and even my own graphic novel; so keep a look out. I hope to continue with my creativity and inspire others.