Life modelling – class format

Life drawing classes can either be taught classes (perhaps at an art school, or by an artist) or groups of artists who just want to come together to practise their drawing. Note: there’s also one-on-one modelling for a single artist, although this is less common, and should be approached with caution for personal safety. Usually a class (probably around 2-2.5 hours long) will start with … Continue reading Life modelling – class format

Life modelling – choosing a pose

Short poses can be anything from 15 seconds to 15 minutes. These can be fun as you can try different things, knowing you don’t have to hold them for very long, and switch between different poses that use different muscle groups, minimising any pain or discomfort. Long poses are normally a max of 20 minutes before a break, sometimes going back into the same pose … Continue reading Life modelling – choosing a pose

Life modelling and relationships

Life modelling really is about art. It’s not about nudity or sexuality. So it shouldn’t cause a problem. Right? Only sometimes it does. I’ve only been in one proper relationship when I’ve been life modelling, and I didn’t think it was a problem. Until we broke up. It was the first thing that came up when I asked what kinds of things had made someone realise … Continue reading Life modelling and relationships

Portrait modelling

Portrait modelling is a bit different to life modelling. You’d think it would be easier, right? No getting naked. Piece of piss? Nah, not really. OK, so there’s no nudity, but people are staring at YOUR FACE. It’s really off putting. At least with life modelling you don’t really notice people or where they are looking, as they’re not generally in your eye-line (I always … Continue reading Portrait modelling

Life modelling – a little too familiar?

Hannah mentioned in this post that her worst fear with life modelling was seeing someone she knew. I’m not sure I share the same fear. I mean, yes, it would be awkward, but I like to think I’d remain professional. Being naked in a life modelling class is way different than being naked in front of your friends in the pub or in the middle of … Continue reading Life modelling – a little too familiar?

Life modelling – a model’s view

If you met Hannah Colgan in her day job of a Physiotherapist, you’d probably not give much of a second thought, too busy concentrating on your exercises to wonder what she may get up to in her spare time. But behind the professional care worker exterior, Hannah holds a more unusual hobby. Hannah’s been a life model for about 18 months. She originally decided to … Continue reading Life modelling – a model’s view

A world of pain – life modelling

I laid on a wooden table, my shoulder blades jarring against the flat, hard wood while my left arm was bent back and under my waist, shoulder twisted unnaturally. My right arm laid on top of my belly, my little finger numb. It felt crooked and bent under the others even though it was flat against my skin, my mind hallucinating feelings that weren’t there. … Continue reading A world of pain – life modelling

Life modelling etiquette

If you think life modelling is just about stripping off and waltzing around a room naked in front of a load of people then you’d be wrong. There’s actually some unspoken rules and etiquette that draw the line between art modelling and distasteful nudity. All art classes are going to be different, and some are less formal than others, but here’s some general Do’s and … Continue reading Life modelling etiquette