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Models for life drawing, nude drawings and figure drawings.


I am always looking for new models for life drawing, sketches, sculptures, reference photographs and body casting projects.

I also run a life drawing group at the Catherine Mitchell Art Centre on Waiheke Island and requires the regular assistance of nude models (male and female.)

You must live in Auckland and be over 21 years of age. These are the only two requirements.

Please contact me to discuss fees and other details. If interested, please read the modelling FAQ below. You would be also asked to send me the following model release  statement

You can advertise yourself for free as a life model on this model forum. (male and female nude models from around the world.)


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Read what Sally has to say about her modeling session.
"It has been my great pleasure to meet, and ultimately get to know, Olivier Duhamel. As a life-drawing artist and bronze sculptor based on Waiheke Island Olivier is great fun and highly talented. My first meeting with Olivier went down in my history as 'a moment in the life of Sally' and one I will always remember. This sketch is the result of that day and is now the property of Auckland City Art Gallery Archive department, I am now part of Auckland historical records! "

"Etre modèle féminin n´est pas chose impossible même si vous souhaitez que ce soit une expérience unique pour réaliser un rêve. Chaque femme, quel que soit son âge, peut poser même nue et être fière de montrer ses réalisations aux autres, au-delà d´être une expérience enrichissante, épanouissante, valorisante."
Annick Terwagne

Modelling FAQ

What is Life Modeling?
Painters, sculptors and art students often practice "life drawing" or "figure drawing". This means drawing a live model as opposed to drawing from a photo or from a still life (a bunch of flowers in a vase) or landscape. Life models are generally adult humans because it is difficult to ask an animal to please keep perfectly still for 20 minutes and because the human body is very attractive to other humans.
Models must be able to keep a pose for extended period of times, from 30 seconds to one hour. It generally involves nudity.
Does it involve nudity?
Yes. Life Modeling is not always but mostly done in the nude. Props are sometimes added. Things like draping for a classical effects, lingerie and accessories for a "burlesque" pose, or other artefacts for period or ethnic poses. But most of the time you will be completely nude.

Who can work as a life model?
Anybody, male or female of any age or body shape. The only requirement is the ability to keep still for extended period of time.
What kind of pose will I be asked to do?
This varies greatly from artist to artist. Art schools often ask for academic poses, others will let you decide of the pose. Long poses are comfortable poses, generally lying down or reclining. Props are sometimes added to the scene ( draping, various objects..) . I suggest you browse through our gallery of figure drawings and see what pose people do...



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Will my drawing be sold?
That is the idea. You may end up hanging naked on someone's wall or in an art gallery. You must be comfortable with that idea. You may also be asked  to specifically authorize the artist to exhibit the drawing by acknowledging a model release statement.

How much does it pay?
Life models are paid an hourly rate. It varies from country to country. Individual artists can pay more than art schools. It is not as glamorous as modeling for fashion but can provide a regular income. Many people find it easy money. Unlike photography models who are often being offered "Time For Print" (where you basically work for free); life models are actually being paid cash in hands on the day.
Please do not see this as a full time career. You will probably only be working a few hours every week. It can be easy pocket money.
How long are the modeling sessions and the poses?
Generally a couple of hours, with breaks. Pose time will vary. Many groups and classes start with "warm up" short poses of  1, 2 or 5 minutes. This is fairly easy and the model can attempt adventurous poses, standing, twisting, stretching. 
Poses will generally be 10, 20 minutes sometimes up to one hour. Experience will tell you what is possible. You can always take a short break to stretch and relax whenever you feel uncomfortable. Modeling for life drawing is hard work but it does not have to hurt..

What do I need to bring at the session?
Just yourself. You may want to bring a sheet or blanket for you to sit on. If you have long hair, you may want to bring something to tie your hair up. You may bring a robe or something to wrap yourself in during the breaks; In some classes its is considered bad etiquette to wander through the room naked during the break. Some models like to oil their skin, this helps to keep warm. Most artists and schools will have insect repellent but it is a good idea to bring your own, just in case. There is nothing more irritating than having mosquitoes munching at you while you are trying to keep still.
Will the drawings be sold?
Life drawing is largely a training exercise but the resulting sketches may very well be offered for sale. You may end up hanging on someone's wall or in an art gallery. You must be comfortable with that idea. Most artist and art schools will ask you to sign some sort of model release agreement authorizing them to sell artworks inspired from your live pose.

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Will photo be taken?
NO. Modelling for nude photos is not paid at the same rate as modelling for life drawing.  Artists may ask your permission to take a picture of a particularly attractive pose to work on it "after hours" or to use for future reference. It is your prerogative to accept or refuse but I will advise you to discuss this beforehand with the tutors or artist, rather than having to make a decision on the spot. This can be written in the model release statement.

I would love to pose but I am too fat, too old, too skinny...
You must be fairly confident and adventurous to disrobe in front of the artist. However, wrinkles, love handles, birth marks, cellulite, curves, creases and folds are no obstacle to modeling, on the contrary, they are evidence of a life well lived and make the drawing that much more interesting.
What are the qualities of a good model?
The most important aspect of modeling for life drawing is the ability to keep still. This can be difficult but does not have to be painful. The model is encouraged to take breaks from the pose to stretch and relax.
Women may find it embarrassing to model while having their period. In most case this is not really a problem and wearing a tampon is perfectly acceptable. Some people have heavy and painful periods in which case you do not want to be modeling. Try to anticipate and not to accept an assignment if you think that there is a strong chance that it will be during your period. Do not hesitate to call to cancel the session, but it is good etiquette to give the tutor sufficient notice to find a replacement.
The voluptuousness and sensuality of a pregnant body has long attracted the interest of artists. If you are pregnant you will be a very popular model. This can be a good way to keep some mementos of your pregnancy.
Many men are anxious that they can become erect while posing and that this will be a very embarrassing situation.  If this happens, it is generally brushed off with a laugh. But In my long experience I have only seen this happening once. Modelling is not really glamorous and the efforts and concentration required to keep the pose are generally sufficient to distract the model from any sexual arousal. 



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How do I find modelling work?
You can actively contact drawings groups and art schools in your area. Browse our directory of art schools and drawing groups.
It is a good idea to have a short CV ready and detailing your age, gender, body shape, experience, availability, and contact details. A photo will also help prospective artists to evaluate your suitability for their project. I can only encourage you to publish such a profile on our worldwide directory of life models.
My partner and I would like to pose together?
Many drawing groups would love the chance to draw two people together. However many groups cannot really afford to pay two models. If you are keen to model together, you may consider offering a discount.
Do I have to time my pose?
No. The artist or class tutor will time the pose for you. Ask before hand how long the pose is going to be so that you know what to expect. You can ask at any time how much time is left.
I need a break.  How can I then resume and get back into the exact same pose?
The artist or tutor will help you but there are a few tricks. Before moving, ask for your marks on the ground or sheet to be marked with chalk so that you know where to sit back. Also set your sight on a point in the room and memorize it, remember the distance and alignment of a few objects in the room.
Nude modeling is an interesting career choice for someone with body image issues.
" I felt like I was fat. The first time I modelled I was afraid when I dropped the robe people would run screaming out of the room. When they didn’t, I felt accepted. Nude modeling was really helpful in helping me feel ok about my body." 

The pose was to be 20 minutes but the artist asks if I can keep the pose a bit longer.
This is entirely up to you. if you hurt, say so and offer to get back into the pose after a short break.
Is modelling for a sculptor different from modelling for a painter?
Not really but modelling for a classic sculpture may requires a longer pose stretching over several sessions.
What is a muse?
The word muse is often applied to a female model who is a source of almost obsessive inspiration for a particular artist.
The strikingly beautiful Gala was Salvador Dali’s wife and model. She famously left her husband, painter Paul Eluard, for the crazy Spaniard.
Frida Kahlo most notably acted as her own muse.
Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge lived together for most of their life, but he had his 14 children with other women.  She looked elegant, sexy and a powerful muse.
Manet featured Victorine Meurent in many of his paintings, including his equally famous masterpiece, Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe
I have been asked to model outdoor?
Two problems: sunburn and insects... no option but to engage into chemical warfare, if you are so inclined.

This is a document intended to protect the interest of both model and artist. It can be used as a contract and describes the nature of the work, compensation and other aspects of the job. See an example Model release statement.

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