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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Life Modelling

Just under 2 years ago I started life modelling. It was something I’d wanted to try for a while, ever since an off the cuff remark about wanting a painting of me for my bedroom wall one Friday night ended with a drunken half naked drawing session with a recruitment consultant/amateur artist from London called Will.... Continue Reading →

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