Pose ideas for life models

This page provides links to several web sites that provide ideas for nude modeling poses.

Photos above reprinted courtesy of On Air Video, Inc., which maintains the copyright to these photos.

Life models will find this page a great reference for coming up with poses for upcoming figure drawing sessions.

Figurative artists will find this page a great reference if they want to practice life drawing between sessions. However, two dimensional pictures can never replace drawing from a live model.

See also ArtModelTips.com pages showing thousands of examples of nude modeling poses, using a variety of models:

Female standing poses * Female seated poses * Female crouching poses * Female recumbent poses * Male standing poses * Male seated poses * Male crouching poses * Male recumbent posesMultiple model posesMid-air posesClothed/Nude side by side

Web sites showing model poses

Sites with videos of actual life drawing sessions

  • Croquis Cafe – provides videos of different 1, 2, 3, and 5 minute poses each week. Beginning in Feburary 2014, these are videos of actual life drawing sessions with nude models recorded in real time.
  • Croquis Cafe 360 (YouTube) – Nude models in artistic poses are videotaped on a stand that is rotated to show the model from every angle.

Sites simulating a life drawing session

  • New Masters Academy – A site providing virtual on line life drawing sessions.
  • Art Models 360 – A new website providing 360 views of artist models of diverse body types
  • The Drawing Script – A site that generates a virtual online drawing session, with adjustable timed poses (includes nude, dressed, animals, and hands)
  • PixeyLovely.com – A neat site that generates a virtual online drawing session, complete with timed gesture poses
  • Quickposes.com – another site that generates a virtual online drawing session with timed or untimed poses
  • LifeDrawingPoses.com – provides a simulated gesture drawing session
  • LifeDrawing.me – A random life model pose generator (generates ideas but without pictures)

Sites providing life drawing poses

Sites showing classical nude paintings

Sites showing a variety of classical and contemporary life paintings

Sites showing a variety of paintings and pictures of figure modeling sessions

Huge searchable indexes of life model poses

Other sites that include many life drawing poses

 

Practical tips for maintaining long poses

  • Tips on Posing for Life Models – great tips from an experienced life model on how long you can comfortaably hold specific types of long poses
  • Chris’s life modeling poses – several examples of long poses and how long they can be held comfortably by an experienced life model (who is also open to providing advice to new life models)
  • Holding still – blog entry by nude model Brooke Lynn on holding longer poses

Effective google searches

The First Mourning (1888) by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Public domain.
The First Mourning (1888) by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Public domain.

iPhone apps showing model poses

  • Posemaniacs iPhone app –  provides a variety of random poses for nude sketching. Works differently than the web version (below). Available in a free and paid version.

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ArtModels360 art reference photos for sculptors, painters and students

Recommended Life Drawing Materials (Blick)

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