How to Become an Artist Model

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How to Become an Artist Model
Artists' models produce visually interesting poses for painters, sculptures and drawers. (wooden figure concepts image by Aleksej Kostin from

If you enjoy the arts but are not artistically inclined you can still play an integral part within the creation of sculptures, drawings and paintings. An artist model creates poses for an artist or group of artists, for training purposes or when an artist is creating a new masterpiece. The job often requires long sessions in which movement is minimal. In some cases nudity is required, such as in a figure drawing class.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Robe

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    Contact the art department of your local community college or university. Inform the department of your interest in becoming an artist model and ask what steps are required. You may also contact independent artist studios in your city to learn about open artist model positions. Ask whether work as a model would require nudity; many figure drawing classes focus upon a nude model.

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    Complete an artist model application with the hiring institution or studio. The application normally consists of your contact information, driver's license (as you must be 18 years or older) and your availability schedule. Submit the application with the school or organisation and wait for a response. Due to the high demand in art colleges for artist's models you can expect to have a response quickly.

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    Research figure drawing poses by going to the library and viewing art books. Artist models are required to achieve different poses throughout a drawing session, so you must be well-versed in standard poses. Practice posing in front of a mirror to create visually interesting lines with your body that you believe an artist would enjoy drawing or painting. Take note that as an artist model you must hold a pose for an extended period of time.

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    Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. Take several minutes to review the space and practice several poses before artists begin to arrive. If you will be modelling in the nude bring a robe to relax in before and after the session as well as during breaks. Never look an artist in the eye unless you are given directions to do so as this can be distracting.

Tips and warnings

  • Inquire if you will be paid daily or weekly before accepting a position as an artist model. If you are working for an individual artist, not a school or organisation, carefully review your contract regarding your pay schedule.
  • Do not apply for a figure drawing session if you are not completely comfortable being nude in front an artist.

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