Many people loved my post about my first time as an art model a couple months ago. I also did a follow up about my second time a couple weeks later. And now comes the third and final post about being a life drawing model ; now that I have done a few more of these gigs, I feel like I’m not a rookie anymore and can give tips to people who are thinking of giving it a try. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re going to be an art model.
First and foremost, the number one thing is that you have to be comfortable being naked and being naked in front of others, because when you go and model for a life drawing class, you will have to spend at least 2 hours doing different nude poses in front of at least ten strangers. So if you’re a seasoned nudist, that will not be a problem for you, but if you are a newbie at naturism, then you should get some naked time under your belt first.
Secondly, I urge you to practice some poses. Keep in mind that there are 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 & 10+ minute poses usually (this may vary, ask how long and how many poses beforehand so you are prepared), make sure you have a couple go to moves as well as know which poses are harder and which ones are more comfortable as you need to hold some for a longer amount of time. I kind of learned that the hard way, as the first time I modeled I did some rather difficult poses in longer time frames which caused me to shake a bit because my body got tired.
I also want to clear a few things that you might be wondering. If you’re a guy, you’re probably thinking about unwanted excitement and/or shrinkage causing problems. Let me tell you that if you’re comfortable being in your bare skin (like I pointed out in the beginning) they will not be a problem. Being an art model is not sexual, so don’t worry about erections. And shrinkage could happen, but it’s only natural, the human penis can become a little smaller or bigger depending on the conditions, but like I said it’s natural and the people there will not worry about it.
If you’re a woman, you won’t have problems with the two things mentioned above, however you might worry about what the artists think of your body. If you do, then you should know that the artists appreciate all sizes and shapes and they definitely don’t judge, they just want to draw/sketch your form (and this goes for men as well who worry about their body and possibly the size of their manhood).
Another thing you may wonder is how it feels to do it and how to pass time while posing. Well, it doesn’t feel weird at all, in fact I think it feels fantastic, knowing that you’re the subject of art. Passing the time won’t be a problem either, it will go faster than you think and you can always count, recite to yourself your favorite songs (in your head of course), think of what pose you’ll do next, or just simply think about something, a little philosophising won’t hurt. Another useful thing to know is that there are little breaks every now and then, so you can rest a bit in between poses.
Finally, I’ll give you a two quick pointers. 1. Don’t stare at the artists and look them in the eyes, it’s not good for either of you. 2. If you feel your body getting tired and/or start shaking slightly, it is ok to break your stance and do something more comfortable, the artists will understand.
I think that is all you need to know, but if I forgot something, or if you have a question, both can and will be taken care of in the comments section. I’d also like to refer you to a very good website that has everything you need to know about being an art model : www.artmodeltips.com . There are also videos on how to pose on YouTube that you can find easily. I hope that this post is useful for you and that you’ll give art modelling a try, because it’s a unique and wonderful experience that I think everybody should experience.