Model Resources

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.