GUIDELINES FOR MODELS
A model should…
- Always be on time and professional.
- Be dependable – everyone has to cancel sometimes, but we do so as little as possible.
- Find a suitable replacement when we do have to cancel, or give the artist (school, workshop) plenty of time to find another model whenever possible.
- Be as still as possible while posing.
- Be courteous and respectful.
- Avoid talking while in pose.
- Turn off their cell phone while on the job.
MODELING FOR FINE ARTS
Fine Arts includes drawing, painting, and sculpture. Sometimes photography is requested, but usually in the form of quick informal photos taken for the artist’s reference in completing a piece. Any photo work MUST be negotiated and consented to by the model in advance.
Being a fine arts model requires entirely different skills than being a photo model. One key difference is the length of poses – fine arts requires gestural poses be held for several minutes, and long poses can require returning to the same pose for multiple sets.
Photo and Fashion Modeling require quick poses and costume changes, with young, slender, glamorous models usually considered the ideal. In contrast, fine arts uses real people, and your “flaws” are often what makes you the most beautiful and in demand.
Fine arts also has an entirely different focus than the erotic arts. More than one “wanna-be” aspiring model has embarrased themselves by not understanding the artists’ and instructor’s priorities and expectations. In any booking for a school or artist, unless otherwise specifically requested and understood in advance, models should choose their poses with the expectation that the focus is entirely classically artistic and non-erotic.
The focus in fine arts is on the creation of a new work of art by the artist. In an art class the focus is on learning to use specific artistic techniques and materials. Never expect drawings or other art works to look like a photograph of you. Avoid commenting on any artist’s work based on you, and absolutely never eve criticize anything about a work. The artists’ creations are inspired by what the model provides, but usually only partially resemble the model in a literal sense.
If you like a piece, it is acceptable to ask permission to photograph it, but only if you can quickly do so during a break or after class without inconveniencing the instructor or artist. The key is to ask first, just as you need them to do before photographing you.
There’s a lot more that can be said about modeling well – good luck on your journeys, and I hope you get the chance to write your own chapter.