By Marion Boddy-Evans
- Be clear about your expectations. Do you want a nude pose or the model to dress up? Will it be a series of short poses or a long pose?
- Don’t always work from the same angle, move around the model considering different viewpoints and angles of light.
- Poses for quick, gesture drawings can be dramatic or awkward because they don’t need to be held for long. But even a five-minute pose needs to be easier than a two-minute one.
- For a long pose, unless you’ve something specific in mind, ask the model to suggest what they think will be comfortable.
- Use chalk or masking tape to mark key points around the model, such as feet, elbows, and hips, before they take a break. This will make it easier to re-establish the pose.
- Be aware of the model’s physical needs. Have a heater to hand if it’s cold, or a fan if it’s hot. Ask them if there are any drafts. Have clean, comfortable cushions and drapes for them to sit on.
- Put a notice on the studio door to ensure privacy and warn off unsuspecting visitors.
- Modelling is both physically challenging and boring, especially long poses. Be sure to let your model know that you appreciate what they do.
- Rather than clock watching or running the risk that you’re so involved in your work you forget to give the model a break, set a kitchen timer.
- How often you break a long pose will depend on your model, but most will want a break every 20 or 39 minutes.