Nude Modelling?

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  1. NewAgeDesire

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    I've been throwing around the idea of modelling as a side job to get through college. I'm an art student and am looking into modelling at other colleges in the area. I've noticed so far in my figure studies that all the models I've used are average, which makes sense.

    I'm wondering if any one here at lpsg has experience modeling for artistic purposes, not pornigraphic. I've got some further questions to ask about it but would rather find some people with experience.
     
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    i haven't done it professionally but some friends (female) have. Colleges pay relatively well here in Toronto ($20 an hour) but it's tougher work than it appears. Sculpture classes are the hardest because of the long poses. Good models with some creativity and sense of body as sculpture get callbacks. The best models I've drawn or painted had athleticism, theatre and dance backgrounds.
     
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    I'd like to model too but I think I'd want more than $20. I may audition at a university here or maybe a private school. I guess I can quit if it sucks. I'm not very big soft, but I'm really well defined all over so maybe that is good for an art class.

    I'd not against working as a dancer here. There are a few gay strip clubs here but I guess I'd have to be careful not to be taken as gay.

    My parents are pretty well off but they never give me cash for school and stuff, they just pay for my apartment and some expenses, so I never have much money in my pocket.

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    Yeah, I've done it several times. When I was in college majoring in art/design, I had to take a couple of figure drawing classes and because there weren't any guys around willing to model for the class, my instructor asked me if I was willing to give it a shot.

    At first, I hesitated but then I ended up getting talked into it. It's really not all that bad but my only gripe is when you have to be in these poses for long periods of time. I found that sometimes my legs would end up falling asleep. That would be so uncomfortable for me.

    If you decide to do it, you need to overcome shyness. That's especially true if the class is quite large.
     
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    Most classes I've seen are pretty small, < 20. As for shyness, I am shy, but not so much with my naked self, I dont' think I'd have a problem in an atmosphere where I don't know any one and I'm just viewed as an object. (kinda cold I guess) Also from what I've seen so far physical fitness is not a requirement. I do plan on working my abs to redefine them though.

    One thing I question is body hair. I'm not a grizzly but I definitly don't want to feel like I have to shave my ass. I don't know where I'd stop, my ankles I guess. :biggrin1:
     
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    I would recommend against shaving... the whole purpose of modeling for an art class is not to be physically beautiful or to sexually stimulate the class; but rather to give them a chance to draw something different, and to encourage the students to bring out their creativity in portraying differences in their subjects. Most of them have drawn/painted/sculpted female nudes, and that gives them the opportunity to portray the smooth textures. Let 'em have something new to work with.
     
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    I think most people have nailed it here ... yeah I did it ... not in college, but for photographers/artists ... and the pay is pretty crappy per hour .... and it's a very long hour holding a pose for what seems like forever. You actually get sore the next day from it!

    Even doing Adult Entertainment stuff like Web content or even video is not much better ... like I got $150 for a shoot ... the ladies usually get way more.
     
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    That's what I was figuring but its obvious that a couple of our models do, not sure why. I do "manscape" and shave my shaft and sack. I don't think it looks bad but kinda goes against the all natural idea. I guess that's their problem, if they have a problem. I've been doing it for a couple years now and don't plan on changing.

    I do imagine that my wicked tan lines would be fround upon. I only get them in the summer from work. I guess I'll have to keep changing my sleeve height to get a gradual fade.
     
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    You might know some of this, but I'm posting also for the benefit of those who are not familiar with art classes.

    Most of the models are average, and the pay is never more than US$20/hour, because there are so many males who read fantasy web site stories and rush down to their local college offering to "do it for free". Then they realize that it's not the orgy described in the fantasy story, piss off the instructor and students, and those who are serious about it have a tougher row to hoe. Female models typically "get sick" the morning of the class, or just plain don't show up. Hence, the schools generally don't take models seriously and aren't willing to pay very much.

    Because instructors want a variety of models you probably won't work very often, unless you work for 3 or 4 schools and mix it up. So don't plan on getting rich. Still, there are worse ways to make a buck.

    I find that while the students might note that I shave what little body hair grows on me, they like the fact that they can see what little musculature I have. That's what the instructors emphasize, shape and shade, and it's tougher to see with more and more hair covering the skin.

    It's true that athleticism or experience with creative dance helps, as you can hold more dynamic, interesting poses. You don't need to be drop-dead gorgeous or have a big dick or washboard abs, that's not what it's about. Certainly the students will appreciate someone who takes care of himself more than someone who does not. And we all see how youth is proferred in the media, so youthfulness is a bonus for getting invited back to work again, but the clock is always ticking on that one.

    I wouldn't worry about tan lines or marks left on your skin by elastic in clothes. As you know, the students are usually trying to figure out how in tarnation to draw anything resembling the model, so your worries don't even figure into it.

    As rawbone said, sculpture is the most agonizing, painting is better, figure drawing is the best because you typically warm up with gestures (very short action drawings) and gradually lengthen to 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes in length. Even though classes are 2 or 3 hours long, they take breaks of course.

    Basic rules:
    1) show up
    2) show up on time
    3) be comfortable in your skin and personable with the students (i.e. not creepy and stand-offish).

    Ask any more questions you might have.
     
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    Did the photography classes in grad school. Male models always physical perfection...whatever size dick. Women always seemed to be fat ...and ..well just fat.
     
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    Photography models were nude?? That's different. I have never encountered that. Where was it?

    I assume that you were a student, not a model?
     
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    Humboldt. Not all the time of course but the nude models always fell into this stereotype. The guys..."Look at this hard ass physique" The gals..."I don't need your approval"
     
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    I've done nude modeling for an artist friend of mine before, just as a favor. I don't have a "great" body, but I'm tall and slim, with nice definition. I posed for like 2-3 hours, and it was fun. I was SORE from the poses and positions he had me hold as he photographed me, and got very sweaty under the studio lights. :smile: Fun experience, I would do it again.

    For posing in a class, I would think you'd have to be comfortable in your skin, but do not be cocky. The students are there to learn; you're not stripping at a club for money. I would think the students and instructors will be concentrating more on how to detail your shoulder blades than what your package looks like!
     
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    I imagine other medium to large cities like Toronto would have small private professional drawing groups and learning alternatives to colleges. Most of my friends who model professionally find out about these groups. It's important that they be established so you are sure of getting paid and that the setting is respectful to your needs (change area if desired, refreshments, washroom etc.) I've been a participant in several groups in my city. Some are held in rented space. Some in the home studio of an artist. Pay scale is the generally the same. 3 hours with breaks, approx. $20 per hr. Most interesting place is a tavern with a private room (entrance is restricted during session). Kind of bohemian organization with a collective of artists that have been doing it for years. Fun but intense.

    Search out these venues as well but get some experience first. They won't invite a model back who is slack about giving a decent evening of work. I don't know anybody who finds it easy, but those I know pride themselves as being collaborators with the artists.
     
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