Therése Rosier is a Teplice, Czech-based artist and model. She is a lover of all things retro, vintage, pinup, and burlesque. For commissions or purchases, contact her at rosiertherese (@) gmail (.) com. This interview was feature in issue #10 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be purchased here.
Sinical Magazine: when did you know you were an artist?
Therése Rosier: This is difficult to answer. I still don´t know exactly. I felt artistic inclinations since I was little girl. But now, I am a woman who lives for art with all my heart and mind, and it is now in the present moment that I realize I am an artist.
Sinical Magazine: When did you get started in painting?
Therése Rosier: I’ve been painting since childhood, and even as a young girl I went to various art courses - I realy love drawing and painting since I could hold crayons in my hand. then I graduated secondary art school at Prague. Art accompanied me my whole life. I started exhibiting my paintings at age 16.
Sinical Magazine: What inspires your work?
Therése Rosier: I find inspiration in many things. In old 1930´s czech movies – I was in wonder of old movie stars since I was a little girl. I watched old movies with my parents often. I´m also inspired by a burlesque style because I love feminity and vintage glamour style – this inspires my art, also my personal look. Burlesque interested me for a long time - since I was teenager. I did burlesque a few years ago but I have different priorities for now but still love everything around it and it´s reflected in my artwork. I was also inspired in some writers, in their dark ballads and gloomy stories, in music.
Sinical Magazine: How did the city of Prague inspire your work?
Therése Rosier: I no longer live in Prague, but Prague inspired me a lot. I really love going through streets of Prague and discovering the beauty of the city.
Sinical Magazine: You paint a lot of pin up style portraits. Can you tell us about your fascination with pinup?
Therése Rosier: As I mention it – I love and I´m inspired by feminity, retro, vintage, burlesque glamour style and this all closely related with pin up style. I absolutely worship when woman looks like true woman, wear clothes which highlight feminine curves, wear high heels, use red lipstick and cat eye makeup. I´m totally in love with everything around it! Also love pin up icons like a Marilyn Monroe and all about her life, same like Bettie Page and lots of another divas of old years.
Sinical Magazine: Can you explain your painting process and techniques?
Therése Rosier: I using watercolors with ink, mainly. At first I draw a sketch, then apply watercolors at wet surface and when it is dry, I use little by little several layers of watercolor with ink and sometimes acrylic for details. This is the most widely technique that I use. I combine realistic portraits with abstract splashes and flowing colors. And it´s all magic.
Sinical Magazine: What type of brushes do you use?
Therése Rosier: I using round brushes in many sizes. From smaller to biggest one, nothing special.
Sinical Magazine: What types of paints do you use?
Therése Rosier: Practicaly everything I do with watercolors, aniline colors and common ink. Sometimes I used acrylic.
Sinical Magazine: How much do you sell your paintings for?
Therése Rosier: It´s dificult to say it´s individual – it depends by paper size, how difficult is pattern and how elaborate technique I use...There is many aspect about this. It may be 1 000 CZK, when you want small paper size of painting and easier technique, or 10 000 and more CZK when you want big and difficult piece.
Sinical Magazine: Where can people buy them at?
Therése Rosier: I have only facebook fan page and personal profile on fb. So you can write me a message to my fb page or by email, if you interested in purchase. But I’ve been planning to launch a website for a long time.
Sinical Magazine: Apart from painting, you also model. Can you talk a little about your modeling?
Therése Rosier: I started with modelling when I was young girl when I was 14, I think . My friend from neighbourhood start studying photography school and took a few photos of me and my sister. After about two years I have my first professional shoot with one of my good friends – now he is profesional photographer and we still take photos together and often. I have several photographers in the circle of my friends. Now I do photo shoots as more of a hobby. I´ll be more than happy if I started do professional photomodeling. It´s only my dream but maybe in future.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Therése Rosier: The most important is for me that a photographer captured the atmosphere. I like dreamy / ethereal feeling in photos. And it´s the most important aspect of a photo for me too.
Sinical Magazine: What projects do you have coming up?
Therése Rosier: Now I have exhibition Femme Fatale in Prague for few months. This month will be vernissage in my hometown in memory of Kurt Cobain and all musicians. In near future coming up least two exhibition in Prague – in bigger place for burlesque show. I´m absolutely excited about it and I can´t wait for it !!!! It will be spectacular, I hope . And preparing lots of exhibition in my hometown Teplice and in Prague in next months.My fans have to look forward to.
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Photo by Ulfiltered.
Annalee Belle is a model, make-up artist, hair stylist, and photographer. She is based in Abq., NM, Denver, CO, and Dallas, TX.
Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?
Annalee Belle: I was born in Amarillo, TX on Sept. 7th, 1988. I currently have a house in Amarillo, but am rarely there. I think I currently live in my car for the most part.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?
Annalee Belle: I started modeling for Toxic Kitten Clothing because Nina, the owner of the line, asked me to. After doing a couple shoots for her, I worked with a few other photographers through Model Mayhem and I kept going with it.
Photography by Jay Zamora.
Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?
Annalee Belle: I'd say it was more models who inspired me. I've been following Raquel Reed since my senior year in high school on Myspace, and wow, talk about some inspiration. Audrey Kitching is another model who immediately caught my eye. Back then, modeling didn't even cross my mind, but I remember being amazed that they had such unique looks and I felt like their personality really came out in their shots.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?
Annalee Belle: For me, it's all about facial expression and personality. There are so many models out there, that you have to do something to set yourself apart. Having rainbow hair isn't enough. Your face and posing has to draw people in.
Photography by Brett Seeley.
Sinical Magazine: From a model's perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Annalee Belle: Oh gosh, I'm also a photographer, so that's tough. I suppose if there is a certain mood you are going for, it would be most important to make sure that mood is there. But a lot of great photos come from the original idea NOT working out, so who knows.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Annalee Belle: 34-27-37.
Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?
Annalee Belle: 8 1/2.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?
Annalee Belle: LATEX STOCKINGS! I freakin' love the way they feel. I'm not a huge fan of the way latex feels all over my body, but stockings do it for me.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Annalee Belle: Almost any sort of techno/trance. Bingo Players has been my favorite lately for gym time. I really like ATB or Zedd when I'm a little more laid-back.
Photography by Don Hales.
Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what else do you like to do for fun?
Annalee Belle: I'm also a makeup artist, hair stylist, and photographer. Even though all are what I do for a living, I do enjoy them very much. I'm also a gym rat and health nut, though I really do enjoy a good junk food session.
Sinical Magazine: What's up next for you?
Annalee Belle: Up next, I'm heading to London in September to meet up with Cervena Fox. Pretty stoked to see her and check out a new country. After that, Laughlin, NV for Rumble by the River!
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Goliath Books is a publisher of art and photography books. Founded in 1997, and specializing in publishing daring photography and art books.
Victor Lightworship is a sucessful commercial photographer turned erotic fetish/bondage photographer. His work has been published in several countries and he has had several exhibitions.
Goliath's release "Strictly Bondage" by Lightworship is a small hardcover book with a collection of 220 of his black and white images in a book that is 128 pages. The dimensions of the book are 5.7 x 8.5 inches. There is a short introduction by the publisher offered in several languages.
The book features models such as Akira Lane, Jay Taylor, Odette Delacroix, among others. The models are subdued, bound and gagged. The girls are tied up with intricate Japanese rope bondage. Some of the submissives are hung from ceiling rafters or in a couple shots held up by Lightworship with one hand.
Lightworship appears in many of the shots wearing a short sleeve white shirt with black tie, black slacks and black eyeglasses. He looks like a bible salesman. In other shots he is wearing a trenchoat or a suit. He adds a level of David Lynchian moodiness to the photos. Lightworship is an expert at Kinbaku (Japanese Rope Bondage). He has studied with one of the industry's well known rope masters and does all of the rigging in the photos he creates.
According to his bio, Lightworship's father first taught him the ways of black and white film when he was a teenager. His love of monochromatic images began then, over 30 years ago. He is a perfectionist when it comes to lighting and composition. When indoors, the lighting is low-key and noirish. In other shots, Lightworship utilizes window light to great effect. And some images were shot outdoors on a patio with some overhead shade. The models have a variety of facial expressions with the most common being: an expression of serenity or pleasure.
The printing quality of the book is high and the book has a clean, elegant and minimal design. The book is great for lovers of bondage and kinky photography and will be provocative to the curious and people who are new to bondage imagery.
Publisher: GOLIATH - www.goliathbooks.com
Let us know what you think of this review or the book in the comments!
Revisted Snow Flower
Interview by Hollis Ireland.
At the start of another hot, Texas summer last year, I visited the comfy yet bustling town of Austin in search of photography artists hiring traveling models to aid in their creations. When my photo shoot with David De Lara rolled around, I knew I'd get to do something fun and creative, but I had no idea what I was about to encounter when I showed up at his place just outside the busier part of the city.
One look around David's work space was all it took. Lush yet subdued hues and haunting female forms painted on canvas surrounded the area in which we were to shoot. I have no tattoos, but I knew immediately that the face of one of Mr. De Lara's “girls” would fit perfectly onto my upper arm if I ever chose to be permanently etched. Similar to the beautifully odd and innocent fantasy figures of Mark Ryden but somehow darker in their simplicity, David's work embraces a spooky feel that invites the viewer to see a bit of his or her own narrative in the blackened eyes of his imagined dolls.
Born in 1979 in Corpus Christi, Texas, David was always a creative kid who spent much of his time free time drawing. Pursuing an art degree was an obvious, natural choice. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2003. After graduation, he moved to Austin to work for a small, non-profit arts organization, where he spent over 7 years before quitting to pursue visual art full time. Mr. De Lara's visible body of work extends back to his college days in 2001, where he began developing his signature style and unmistakable, ghostly femmes.
Hollis Ireland: How did you develop your style of painting, and how has it evolved into the work you're creating now?
David De Lara: I developed a certain style early on. It wasn’t intentional, but I do a few things in ways where the girls’ appearance isn’t technically correct. The eyes are large, the noses are long and narrow, and chins are pointy. Somehow everything works together and it just looks right. Even when I use photo references, the girls in the artwork still have those kinds of qualities. So in that aspect, I’m lucky to have my own style where people know that it’s my artwork as soon as they see it.
I did a lot of drawing early on. It was basic pencil illustrations at first and I worked my way to mixed media with watercolor, pastels, and pencils. Then I began painting more regularly around 2004 or 2005. I was able to start creating work that has a lot more visual depth. I used acrylics several years before switching to oils for most of my paintings. It may take longer to work with them, but I especially like oils for the richness in the colors and how I’m able to subtly blend paint from highlights to shadows. I like to think my style has evolved into painterly illustration. I’ll build up layers of paint then I’ll to the final details by drawing on the painting with pencils.
HI: What and/or who has most influenced your work?
DDL: It’s hard to pinpoint what or who has influenced my work. It’s more of a mix of things. As a kid I learned to draw by looking at comics, animation, and magazines like the swimsuit issue or old Playboys. All of those sort of mixed together into what I do now. Even though I’m an artist with a degree and I had some training in the fine arts, I guess I’m more of a pop culture type of artist based on my influences.
I also tend to create work that’s a little dark and macabre. Again, that’s not intentional. It’s simply a reflection of the kind of person I am. Tim Burton is a name lots of people have mentioned when they see my art. I’m a fan of his style and can see why people think of him. Although we have different subject matter, there’s a dark whimsy to what we both do.
HI: Does living and working in Austin, TX, a city with an enthusiasm for art and music, play a role in what you create?
DDL: Not necessarily. Austin is a great place to live and be a creative person. In fact, I don’t know many people who have a “regular” job. I know artists, writers, musicians, photographers, models, and burlesque dancers. However, as nice as it to be an artist in Austin, I’m not sure if it’s become a place to thrive as an artist yet.
The city is one of the fastest growing in the country and people come here because of its reputation as a great place to be. However, Austin is still a young town in terms of the median age and people aren’t able to invest much in supporting artists. I don’t go out to art shows as much as I would like, so I can’t say how galleries are doing these days (seeing how many red dots are next to artwork indicating they’re sold). I can tell you at least one major gallery moved to Houston a few years ago because there wasn’t much of an art market here.
Austin’s art scene has slowly been changing since I moved here in 2003 and many of the larger art initiatives are artist driven. Events like the East Austin Studio Tour are able to get the general public excited about art. On the other hand, a problem is that I don’t feel that enthusiasm from a business standpoint the rest of the year. While Austin doesn’t have a strong philanthropic aspect, there are plenty of people who love the arts and I hope they’ll contribute as Austin continues to grow and change.
HI: How did you begin to incorporate photography and models into your creative repertoire?
DDL: I always liked taking pictures and bought a decent digital camera when I could afford it. I mentioned earlier how model photography in magazines influenced my work. It’s something I wanted to do except I lived in the middle of nowhere until my early twenties and didn’t have access to many models. Shortly after I moved to Austin I began photographing models and started to do it more regularly in 2004.
Since the subject matter of all my work involves portraits and figurative work of women, the look of my photography shares a lot with my paintings. So doing photography was a natural extension for me. They’ve been separate aspects of my work and I’ve experimented with ways to tie them together. I’ve done several pieces that incorporate photography that’s manipulated digitally and/or with painting and drawing. My work can be a little surreal at times and those pieces definitely achieve something different that I couldn’t do with painting, drawing, or photography alone.
When I was a teenager I joked that I wanted to be nude model photographer. I guess I grew up and made that childhood dream come true. Fifteen year old me is still jealous of thirty-something me.
Spilled Recollection. Model: Dara.
HI: Do your models influence your photography and/or painting concepts?
DDL: Yes and no. The right models can bring concepts to life in ways many others can’t. I’ll have ideas I want to do but will have to search or wait for the right model. So in those cases the model doesn’t have much influence on the idea.
With that said, unless there’s something very specific I want to capture, I’ll let models be themselves and do the job how they see fit. It’s like that especially for photo shoots that are more glamour or boudoir style where more of the model’s personality can show through. So in those cases the models can end up influencing the direction of the photos.
There are also times I’ve tailored ideas specifically for a model just because of her look. Those are times where I had someone booked and had to figure out something for her. Then there have been instances where I went in with one idea but some of the other looks we shot wound up stealing the show.
Since I have a huge library of photographs on my computer, sometimes I’ll come across something old that catches my eye and use it as reference for a painting or even for a photo manipulation. So I suppose a model’s influence can be felt long before or long after a photo shoot.
HI: Describe one of your latest projects that excites you the most.
DDL: I don’t know if I can. I just sort of make it up as I go along and don’t plan too far ahead. I have lots of notes for ideas I want to work on and probably won’t get to half of them. I normally work on one painting at a time and might have a loose idea for the next one. There are ideas about directions I’d like to go in but we’ll have to see if that happens. Even after all this time I like to experiment. Getting stuck in a “formula” isn’t going to challenge me. Luckily, all my work seems to tie in together whether I’m trying something new or not.
Tragedy Champagne. Model: Carlotta Champagne.
HI: What would you like to incorporate into your work that you have yet to try, or is there another form of media into which you'd like to delve besides painting and photography?
DDL: I’ve dabbled in video. In fact, a short one minute film I made was included in the 2012 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. It might be something I’ll work on in the future. It’s a matter of having the right ideas and, more importantly, the time and resources to pull it off. I’m an independent artist and don’t have a crew of people I work with. So I handle everything myself on the production end.
I have one idea I like to refer to as my Chinese Democracy because I may never finish it. I have several parts of it filmed but couldn’t finish the main part that ties everything together. It was too complicated to coordinate everyone I wanted. So I sort of gave up on it and continued with my painting and photography. I might put together everything I have into several videos one day, but they might seem like extended cuts of a Vine or Instagram movie.
HI: Where would you like to see your art in the next 3-5 years in terms of media/gallery attention and the direction of your work?
DDL: Like many professional artists I’d obviously like to have my work in more of the types of galleries and publications that can take my career to another level and will help put me over as somebody whose work you should keep an eye on. Of course, I’m also realistic and know I might never be a big name that has sold out art shows and gets hundreds or thousands of likes online just for posting a doodle.
Sometimes I probably shoot myself in the foot because I’m not catering to any particular audience and put out the kind of work I want to. Whether or not that gets the attention of the right kinds of people remains to be seen. At the moment I’m content doing my work at my own pace and it’s good to know there are people who enjoy it because that motivates me to continue.
I’m sort of a journeyman of an artist. I’ve been around a long time already and been involved in well over 100 art exhibitions all over the country, won an award or two, and had my work published internationally. I’ve been in prestigious juried events and shitty one night only shows at bars. It’s an adventure and it’s hard to tell where things will go.
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