Since I brought you all into my usual figure drawing space last week, I figured perhaps some of my fellow artists might want a little intro or brush-up on how to follow polite protocol when drawing from a nude model. (I also have links at the end for those of you who think you may want to try nude art modelling yourself!)
For the most part, this entire summation points back to respect for the model. Basic rule of thumb: be polite and don't be a creeper. Not too hard, right?
So here's your handy lil nude model session guide, and make sure to check out the vid for more detailed explanations behind everything and to see me make some pretty goobery faces while discussing creepers!
Nude Modeling Etiquette Rules:
During Figure Session:
- Give the model their personal space
- DON'T BE A CREEP
- No talking to the model - ask the moderator if you see a pose adjustment, etc
- No talking to anyone else
- No cell phones or cameras out ever
During the Break:
- Allow model to robe themselves privately
- Don't discuss that session's or previous sessions' models with fellow artists
- Only talk to the model if they make themselves part of the group and welcome conversation
- Do not ask the model personal questions or out on a date, nor talk about any aspect of their body
End of Figure Session:
- Help tidy the studio
- If you think you may want to hire the muse for your own work - definitely watch the video where I share my experiences with that and best advice on how you can do so without being a creeper;)
So hear me out on this week's vlog for details about each rule so you (and your gracious model) can feel great about drawing the figure from life! Yay!
Here's a great resource for well-explained etiquette rules:
And a very reassuring blog for students who are nude-session-newbies:
Plus the most comprehensive guide for models you could ask for:
originally posted: June 6, 2017