How to Become a Nude Art Model
Nude art models have been around since the days of Ancient Greece and their work
is both difficult and rewarding. If you want to be a nude art model, you have to be
comfortable with your body, know how to hold a variety of poses, and understand the
proper protocol. If you want to know how to provide a wonderful service to the art world
and potentially make some good money, then follow these steps.
Getting Hired1Meet the requirements for being a nude model.
Being a nude model doesn't require you to look like you're ready for the runway or to meet some unrealistic standard of beauty. Nude models help artists learn to draw the human body and understand its nuances and structure. Artists don't necessarily look for models who fit a stereotype and are open to models of all sizes, shapes, and ethnicities. An important requirement for being a nude model is being comfortable with your body.
- Before you model nude, you should be comfortable enough to pose nude without blushing, covering yourself up, or trying to only show off the most flattering parts of your body.
2Prepare a resume.
Not every artist or art teacher will ask for a resume, but you should be prepared with one anyway. You can still fill your resume even if you haven't been a nude model before. Include any previous modeling experience, performances, art schooling, acting, dance, yoga, or other activity you have done which would benefit an artist model.
Find work as a nude art model.
If you're committed to being a nude art model, then you need to start looking for work. Contact your local art school or college to see if they are hiring art models. You can start with the art department, but ask if there is someone in particular assigned to hire models for all classes. Sometimes each instructor hires his or her own models.
- If you want to pose for a photographer, also look on any one of a number of websites that link models to photographers.
- Free online classified advertising websites also often post ads for nude models.
- You should first find work modeling for a class and only consider doing some private modeling once you have a better understanding of the nude art modeling world and know that you're working with a legitimate artist.
4When you're hired, discuss the details in advance.
Though typical nude art modeling sessions run about three hours, including a number of breaks and a variety of poses held for 5, 10, or 20 minutes, you should still ask the person hiring you about the particular expectations for your modeling session.
- Discuss payment or hourly sitting rates, which can vary greatly but generally are between $15 and $25 for drawing -- though fees for a photographer will generally be higher.
- Also, discuss average length of poses, the types of poses, and the amount of breaks you'll be given.
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Preparing to Pose1Prepare your poses.
Nude art models are typically expected to strike four basic poses during their sessions. These are standing, seated, reclining, and semi-reclining or prone. The standing pose requires you to stand in a variety of ways, the reclining pose will typically require you to lie down on your back on a sofa or couch in a comfortable position, and the semi-reclining pose will require you to lie down on your stomach while lifting your chest, as you would do to read a magazine at the beach. These are the four basic poses, but there is a variety of movements and gestures that you can make when you hold them.
- Be expressive. Draw on any personal experience to think of poses that are interesting or inspiring. Any physical activity may be a source of good poses.
- Many models are inspired by the poses depicted in classical works of art.
2Be prepared to hold each pose for a specified amount of time.
The time required for a pose can be described by any of the following three terms: gestures (poses lasting less than three minutes) short poses lasting three to 20 minutes, and long poses which are held in multiple 20 minute intervals with a short break in between. The latter is generally the norm for painting and sculpture; drawing classes will require a number of shorter poses. Any class may begin with a few gestures as a "warm-up".
- If you're in the middle of a long pose and need to move, someone will use tape to mark the position of your body. Just ask, "Can someone please tape me?"
3Put together a "modeling bag.
You should come prepared to your modeling session so you don't need to trouble the artist by asking for anything and maintain your professionalism. The most important thing you need to bring is a robe so you can wear it between poses or to use the bathroom. You don't want to spend the time to put on your regular clothes during every break. Here are some other items that you should bring in your bag:
- A towel or blanket to sit on
- A robe or cover-up
- A date book and pen (or your phone) for booking future sessions
- A timer for marking the time set for different poses
4Prepare your body.
Before you leave for your session, shower and apply lotion to soothe dry skin, which could cause you discomfort while posing. Wear minimal jewelry unless otherwise requested.
- If you're a female, you shouldn't put in a ton of hairspray or wear a lot -- or any -- makeup. You should look as natural as possible.
1Remove your clothing.
Once you meet the artist and get comfortable, it'll be time to remove your clothes. A private changing room will likely be provided or there may be a folding screen that you can change behind. Use the privacy to get centered and ready for a nude art modeling session. Remove your clothes and put on your robe and slippers.
2Step up to the modeling area.
Step up onto the model's area holding only your timer to mark the time passed in each of the posing sessions.
3Remove your robe and slippers.
If you do not have a towel, it is hygienic and highly recommended that you place your robe beneath your bottom for sitting poses. Some artists even enjoy drawing the additional "drapery."
4Follow the artist's directions.
Keep your body and eyes very still. It is useful to fix your gaze on one spot; do not make eye contact with any artist. Relax into the pose, but not so much that you move from your original position. You may be asked to time your own poses or the artist may tell you when you're finished.
- If you're not sure about what the artist means, don't be afraid to ask for clarification. This is far better than striking the wrong pose.
- If you're told to hold a pose that is too challenging, it's better to speak up than to try to hold it. The artist would rather have you hold a pose that you can maintain for the duration instead of having to start over.
Natural body reactions.
Finally, the erection issue. I think every male art model at least considered this occurrence before posing for the first time. I may happen and it most
probably will happen, after all human males do get aroused. A new model or a relatively sexually inexperienced young man may get aroused easily.
However, any seasoned artist or photographer will most certainly have experienced this happening with a male model and most assuredly will understand
that it happens and it will not be an issue.
Finishing the Session1Get dressed.
When you are finished with your session, put on your robe and return to your private changing area and put on your clothes.
2Be prepared when you say goodbye to the artist.
Have your date book and pen handy when you come out of the change room in case the artist would like to work with you again. It's also a good idea to prepare a business card to hand to the artist.
- Once you've worked with the artist a few times, you can even ask for a letter of recommendation that you can use to help you find future work.