Life Model And Anatomy Model - ContinueHi All. Since writing my previous piece Life Model and Anatomy Model I have given some thought to expanding upon it. My main advice is about what you as a model might find useful to take with you to a session. I would advise you take: a bath robe or something similar that you can put on and take off quickly and easily, a bath towel, a sheet or largish piece of material that you can spread out but is not too heavy, a piece of foam rubber to stand on, a couple of small cushions. Now down to the reasons. When you model at a private session the organiser will probably have most of the props. When you model at an education establishment you will find they do not have much in the way of props. Most of the people/students seem to expect you to cover up when you are not actually posing. Take a robe. The floors at some of the places you will model at are concrete and in the winter they are cold. The foam rubber over which you can place your sheet will keep your feet and your bum off the cold floor. Many of the stools you get asked to sit on are wooden and hard and the floor is hard as well. A small cushion(s) are needed. You may well find the establishment does not have any cushions so go prepared. The towel is primarily for hygiene reasons. You are going to sit on stools etc and you do not know who has sat there before; lay out your own towel over your cushions etc at least you know where it has been. Towels are easy to wash not so cushions so keep your cushions covered when in use. I expect the above sounds like common sense but you will be surprised at the number of models who do not give their ‘comfort’ etc much thought before they attend a modelling session.
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As I said before artists are keen to get as models on their books as possible. The demand where I live, way outstrips the supply. Artists want to draw people and they want a variety: male, female, young, old, fat, thin, short, tall etc. I once overheard an artist saying that she wished they could get a large lady or man to draw because she was fed up drawing skinny models. I am just an ordinary male, 65 years old who has a face many artists like to paint but I am certainly nothing special. Artists think I have a very Roman look and frequently dress me up as Julius Caeser in toga etc. It is a lot of fun. If you want to see what I look like go: http://thegrayandwiseproject.com/blog I am project number 4, the page is coloured blue and Titled: ‘Role Model’. My email address is also on the project. The web site manager saw some nude pictures of me on a friend’s web site and asked if he could do a profile of me. He liked the look of my face and body and thought I would make a suitable subject for his project. What you see on his web site is the result. He would like comments so if you visit the web site please say something. Please do not be rude but constructive comment is welcome. For all you aspiring life models I hope you will look at the web site because you will see that I am nothing special but as I am in reasonable demand to pose for artists/students so will you be. So go for it. Once you have broken the ice and got your first nude pose underway you will wonder why you were so worried. If you are still concerned go to a nudist beach and join in. You will see all shapes and sizes and although everyone will be nude at least you will get the feel for being nude in public. You will also note that nobody takes much notice of you. Artists/students are much the same; they see you as part of their work. But they are usually very grateful that you have posed for them and will give you encouragement.