Looking into Figure modeling and also getting professional photos done for free.

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    Oct 06, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,
    So I am going to get some photos done, some artistic nudes and stuff and I have no clue what I should do. Get a tan not get a tan, ya da ya da.

    Not only that I am looking into becoming a figure model for an art class and I am going to have to send in photos and all those thing. I also really don't know where to begin with all that.


    Any help you guys can give that would be awesome. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    i've done various types of modelling, and art class modelling should not require anything that you've described. if you WANT to have all these aesthetic "improvements" they'd be for your own comfort: an art class simply draws the body before them as an exercise. i wouldn't worry about tanning and all that for an art class gig.
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    Oct 06, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    Most photographers I have worked with in the past have not wanted recent tanning if they were doing color photos as it can make you look unnaturally red. I'd ask the photographer.

    As to drawing classes, I have modeled in the past for those and I agree with DancerJack, the tanning would be for you only. The students actually draw the body as a series of shapes and contours with shading based upon light. Classes usually deliberately vary the type of model they use too so as to challenge the students more.

    I have never had an art professor or artist ask me to send in photos. Typically I have been asked to meet with them prior to the class so that we can get to know one another a little bit, and so that they can explain expectations. I have had professors at the very least ask me to take my shirt off and at the most to get completely undressed and step up on the platform so that they could get a look at me and also to see how I would react to it. The whole interview takes an hour or less.

    Good for you that you're considering posing for life drawing - That is one of the most selfless acts someone can do to help an artist achieve a higher level of creativity.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 06, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    The majority of figure drawing models in any session I've drawn in had average bodies at best. Once they are up there, you just drawn what you see. Your tattoo may present you with some limitations.
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    Oct 06, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Thanks guy yeah. I still haven't had any replies from the emails I sent out to local art schools and stuff. But fingers crossed. And good to know about the tanning I was worried I would look all crazy up there. I do have that pretty large tattoo but the photographer didnt seem to mind so I am not too worried.
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    Oct 06, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    If you are going with a professional photographer you will probably be asked to sign a model release...be careful of this as you will be giving up all rights and claims to the photos. Chances are this will never be an issue for you but your photos could also be used as stock in the future....meaning that you could show up in random advertisements in print ads or on the web. I did a shoot last year and got some GREAT photos out of it. It was however irritating when my photo was used in an advertising for laser wart removal in the Dallas Voice. I signed a release so there was little I could do but learn from my mistake.
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    Oct 06, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    Omg that would suck soo much. I will talk to him more about it when I go. I am not too worried about it long as I am not on laser wart removal stuff ha ha.
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    Oct 06, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    What an intelligent commentary, kudos to you.


    BrianOSU2000 said

    Good for you that you're considering posing for life drawing - That is one of the most selfless acts someone can do to help an artist achieve a higher level of creativity.
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    Oct 06, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidWhat an intelligent commentary, kudos to you.


    BrianOSU2000 said

    Good for you that you're considering posing for life drawing - That is one of the most selfless acts someone can do to help an artist achieve a higher level of creativity.


    Many thanks! I never realized how much it helps them until I received a thank you letter for doing so. I can't draw to save my life, but at least modeling one can be part of the creative process. =)
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    Oct 06, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    BBadeau saidHey Guys,
    So I am going to get some photos done, some artistic nudes and stuff and I have no clue what I should do. Get a tan not get a tan, ya da ya da.

    Not only that I am looking into becoming a figure model for an art class and I am going to have to send in photos and all those thing. I also really don't know where to begin with all that.


    Any help you guys can give that would be awesome. icon_biggrin.gif


    Join www.modelmayhem.com and set up a profile, and see if any photographers in your area are willing to test with you for free, a test is basically a free shoot, where the photographer gives you photos as compensation for your time.
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    Oct 06, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Thanks that is a pretty cool site.
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    Oct 07, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    ickymuffin saidIf you are going with a professional photographer you will probably be asked to sign a model release...be careful of this as you will be giving up all rights and claims to the photos. Chances are this will never be an issue for you but your photos could also be used as stock in the future....meaning that you could show up in random advertisements in print ads or on the web. I did a shoot last year and got some GREAT photos out of it. It was however irritating when my photo was used in an advertising for laser wart removal in the Dallas Voice. I signed a release so there was little I could do but learn from my mistake.

    Ohh. That's awful. But kinda funny. Did people approach you and say "you look familiar"?