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New Reference Photos: Studio 2022 Sessions

Atelier Virtuel is back in the studio and creating once again! We have created a set of sequential photos showing Leigh’s strength and flexibility as she moves through a series of poses, lit and captured by our resident photographer Will. On sale now, $30 for 10 full-resolution downloads with infinite detail for your artistic inspiration, the whole figure or zoom in on just a portion.

Reference Photo Packs

Whether captured as high-resolution stills from our live events or specially curated and professionally photographed by Will Toft, our reference photo sets bring the highest quality and detail possible for artists to work from to recreate the scene or incorporate the Atelier’s creative posing and lighting in their own work.

Reference Photos: A Celebration of Andrew Wyeth, January 16, 2022

One of America’s most well-known and celebrated painters, Andrew Wyeth holds a special place for both Leigh and Will in their artistic journeys. We presented 6 incredible poses recreating some of his most iconic work. Reference photo packs are $30 and on sale now!

Sleeping Beauties in the Atelier

For the first time ever on November 21, we welcomed Bay Area model Prudence Poliva at the Atelier, bringing her creativity and great energy to join Leigh and Will and presented Sleeping Beauties. A series of short poses then 6 20-minute scenes captivated our attending artists. Reference photos can be seen and purchased now!

Reference Photos from our Transformation session are now available!

Birds: Endlessly fascinating and mysterious. On October 21, we explored the idea of transforming from human to avian form live before your eyes.

A set of Leigh’s beautifully dramatic gestures, followed by two 20-minute and two 40-minute poses provided plenty of variety for our artists. Fall into the forest as we take her from day to night under Will’s crafted lighting and scenic composition. Special guest makeup artist Roxanne Graves joins us to help complete the transformation.

We have included four bonus low-resolution stills of Leigh’s gestures from the live stream and portrait details of the two 20-minute poses, for a total of 12 images. If you weren’t able to join us (or even if you were!), explore your own approach to transformation and create with us!

LifeFigureDrawing by Judith Yaws: Leigh becomes Cleo de Merode

In a special session presented by the Atelier for Judith Yaws’ well-known drawing series, Leigh embodied glamourous French dancer Cleo de Merode in a series of 11 poses, even joined for the final 20 minutes by her kitten Jack. Leigh’s grace, athleticism and attention to detail in preparing poses and accessories immersed the artists in the Belle Epoque. Reference photos taken straight from the high definition video stream are available now on our gallery, $20 for all 11. As always, our reference photos are able to be previewed, purchases are without watermarks.

Leigh in a 10-minute pose backstage as Cleo de Merode

Images from Madam V: John Singer Sargent Inspired, presented by Back Fence Society

Regulars and a few new faces joined us as we opened up the Atelier for Kelly Clark and Back Fence Society and presented a 3-hour long pose of a character we named Madam V, after John Singer Sargent’s exquisite portrait work. Leigh’s kitten Jack joined the scene and did extremely well holding still for the artists. High-resolution reference photos are available now of the 3-hour pose and some bonus extras. $10 for a single photo or $30 for all 8, right from our professional cameras.

Jack the cat joined Madam V for our long pose

Images from Life Figure Drawing, presented by Judith Yaws

On Tuesday, December 28, Leigh and Will brought the spectacular Atelier 2-hour life drawing experience to Judith Yaws’ Life Figure Drawing series. Leigh created poses from 4 to 20 minutes and captivated the artists. We are offering reference photos taken straight from the video stream to those who could not attend in person. On sale now, 8 images for $20.

Leigh channeled Gollum for this dramatic ten-minute pose

The Coral Chain

On December 19 we supported the Bay Area Models Guild and presented a 4-hour long pose inspired by Wilhelm Gallhof’s iconic painting The Coral Chain.

Leigh held this pose for 4 hours for artists from around the world to capture all the details

Wyeth’s Secret Muse – Reference Photos from our session with Lighthouse Art Space in Sydney

Andrew Wyeth’s iconic paintings of Helga inspired Leigh and Will to present 8 poses for an enthusiastic group of artists organized by Lighthouse Art Space in Sydney. Have a look at our reference photos, including a bonus addtional portrait pose, 9 high resolution photos for $30.

More Ballet En Pointe Reference Photos Released!

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of our next set of en pointe reference photos, featuring SF Ballet trained Leigh Kidwell and professional photographer Will Toft capturing poses in the studio too dynamic for extended posing. High resolution, editorial quality and clarity for your artistic inspiration. 10 inspired photos for $30, click through for a preview and to purchase these amazing images. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!

Newest Photo Set: Ballet En Pointe

Leigh and Will have been busy in our studio making new reference photo sets and are proud to release our first, 10 dynamic ballet poses en pointe for $30. High resolution studio photos capturing moments that only exist for an instant. Artists of all media will appreciate the detail and energy in these fantastic images


John William Waterhouse Inspired Session – Reference Photos

Leigh and Will presented a live performance for the Lighthouse Art Space group in Australia on Sunday, October 13 (Sydney time) with 12 poses inspired by the work of neoclassical painter John William Waterhouse. 13 high-resolution digital images of the 12 poses are now available, $30 for the complete set.

Abstract Nude Reference Photos from Session 6 Now on Sale

Leigh as the 9 Muses Reference Photos

On Monday August 30, Leigh and Will presented a special session for Lighthouse Art Space all the way from Australia. Reference photos (10 images of the 9 muses) are available now as high-resolution digital downloads straight from the professional camera used during the live performance. $30.

Life Figure Drawing Degas Reference Photos

Reference Photos from Life Figure Drawing’s Degas Session on August 29 are available now! $30 for 10 high-resolution digital images straight from the professional camera.

Reference Photos from the Judith & Holofernes session are on sale now! Four poses, two camera views, plus color versions of the two black & white poses, 10 images in full resolution for $30.

Reference Photos from the Ballet session are on sale now! Every gesture and pose from both cameras, 118 views! More information on the event page.

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