I met Shiniko R. Floyd while posing for the Richmond Road Painters group. Niko has a sweet, shy smile, and easygoing nature. To use an old/outdated term – but it fits- Niko is one cool cat. 🙂 He is instantly likeable, not only for how low-key friendly he is, but also for his detailed, beautiful artwork.
The drawing below was from my very first session posing for the Richmond Road Painters. It was a long, standing pose. I was amazed that Niko was able to capture my likeness from the very first drawing! I remember he was so happy that a standing pose was chosen that night, as he revealed that he loves to draw backs…
The next session for the group, was a clothed session and I think it was at this session that Niko confessed that he loved to draw my face. I’ve heard my face is either fun to draw, or hard to draw. I guess Niko falls into the former category.
The drawing below is amazingly photographic in nature … such incredible detail! And this was only from a 2.5 hour session!
The drawing below is my all time favorite of his work. He has my body dimensions spot on, but I especially love how he captured my messy braid. It’s so soft and feminine.
For the drawing below, Niko told me that he measured my body, and the middle point of my body is actually my derrière – not my waist. Through life modeling, I am learning cool things about my body that I never knew.
The drawing below I love so much, but was actually taken back by how realistic it is when I walked over to Niko’s easel after the session. I used the word “graphic” to describe it.
The pose below in reality was just me sitting in a chair, but through Niko’s eyes, I was in a forest, with a fairy floating in front of me. For the toe – I originally had it down. Niko asked me to raise it for a brief moment, and he then captured this fun finishing detail on the drawing. I am drawn to my daydreaming expression here. I love that reflective, deep in thoughts look….
I will sometimes also see Niko at Crealdé School of Art during their Open Studio sessions. The two drawings below were from a session where I decided to be a marionette, by fashioning string around my wrists for my poses. I love how these gesture drawings totally capture the pose movements so well …
While the top drawings capture flow, the longer gestures below let Niko capture more of my musculature in detail…
Each portrait that Niko creates of me renders more and more spot on likeness…
The drawings below were from another Crealdé School of Art session, and this time, I decided to emulate the character Holly Golightly from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Niko totally nailed my likeness at this session. I can tell the right and left side of my face in the drawings, because the right side has more collagen (drawing directly below, one on the bottom) while the left side has less collagen – and I consider that my “best” side (drawing directly below, top right)….
I finished the session wearing a sleep mask – like Holly does in the movie in one scene – but I didn’t have time to get a stuffed animal orange cat to put on my back to make it exact. 🙂 Yet again, Niko nails the details. Look at my obliques! I also love how for the top and below drawings, Niko added color and highlights that make the drawings “pop”.
Unfortunately Niko isn’t on social media to follow and doesn’t have a website at this time. Hopefully in the future he will adopt one of those mediums so that his artwork can be enjoyed on a larger scale, as it should be.
For now, I am happy to just get this small selection of his work out there that he created of me. If Niko does add some type of contact info, I will circle back and update this blog with that info.