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Meet Your Models: Claudio Tudisco

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A master of disguise, Tudisco channels his inner warlock. Photo by Bob Toy.

Claudio Tudisco has provided invaluable performances on the podium for nearly two decades ever since a friend suggested he try artistic modeling. A firm believer that a model’s energy is the key factor in the successful symbiotic relationship between model and artists, he shares a piece of his heart in every pose. A brilliant classical guitar player as well, instructors sometimes request Tudisco to simply sit and strum in order to capture a musician at his trade. When not modeling, he pursues his own creative interests: composing songs and directing soulful music videos to accompany them. Exuding romance and adventure, Tudisco is a true professional, whose passion for storytelling and affecting an ambiance lend to consistently impactful drawing experiences.

Where were you born?

London, England. 

How long have you been with the Academy?

Since 1998. Eighteen action packed years. I started in Bradley Hall and hope to be entombed there when I pass. 

List three words to describe your modeling style.

Cool, emotion, energy.

Who are your personal muses?

I have to say ordinary people out there who can make others smile with a gesture, a look or a word. I love being around artists as they inspire my own art and music.

Who are your favorite characters to portray?

There are many! Victorian-era gentlemen or vampires, in particular. But also cowboys, swashbucklers and Mad Max.

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Tudisco as Captain Bernard Fokke at the International Ghost Convention Costume Carnival. Photo by Sarafina Murphy-Gibson.

Favorite part of being a model?

The swell of energy that can arise from inspiration. Sometimes it’s so intense you could cut it with a knife. The satisfaction of energized students.

Favorite type of class?

It could be illustration. It could be fine art. But it’s really the classes where I see the students are most engaged and then I walk out happy.

Do you have a signature pose?

Well, I seem to have a good nose and you can clearly see my cheekbones, which is good for seeing the landmarks of the head and face. So sitting for a portrait.

What is something that would surprise people about artist modeling?

That you model from the inside out. It’s not just the pose you take, it’s the emotion you put into it. 

Best album to pose to?

If I’m in a costume, a movie soundtrack that fits the character can be powerful. I pretend I’m playing a part.

If you could be drawn by any artist living or dead who would it be?

Michelangelo.

Dream guest model to pose with?

A cute little dog or a mellow tiger.

What is the last book you read?

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

If you joined the circus who would you be?

A freak.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Somewhere with seasons. I miss that here.

If you were an animal who would you be?

An eagle. Because they soar above freely.

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Demonstrating his range of characters as a Roman emperor. Photo by Bob Toy.

What is your biggest pet peeve.

Loud obnoxious people.

What’s something on your bucket list?

Go to Germany and visit the gothic cathedrals.

Who would play you in your biography?

George Clooney.

Do you have a hidden talent?

Yeah, but they are private.

Final quote?

“Try to really be aware of the good moments in your life and appreciate them because you never know what tomorrow may bring.”

What is your biggest pet peeve.

Loud obnoxious people.

What’s something on your bucket list?

Go to Germany and visit the gothic cathedrals.

What is your biggest pet peeve.

Loud obnoxious people.

What’s something on your bucket list?

Go to Germany and visit the gothic cathedrals.