The Art Model’s Handbook
The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists

The Art Model's Handbook - The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists

The nude figure has been the subject of art for centuries and continues to inspire contemporary artists. Figure drawing is part of the core curriculum at art schools and college art departments. Art models young and old play an important role in this creative process. So how does one learn how to become an artist's model?

The Art Model’s Handbook explains what you need to know to model for art classes and professional artists. You’ll learn about the structure of a figure drawing session, how to come up with interesting poses, costume modeling, fine art photography, professionalism, etiquette, finding work, and security concerns. Awkward but important questions about nudity are addressed. Guidelines for faculty and sample policies are also included.

Figure drawing is a creative collaboration. The model serves artists better by understanding why they draw the human figure. Artists and instructors have a more productive session by understanding the standard protocols. Based on the author's experience plus interviews with male and female models, artists, fine art photographers, and art school management, this is the definitive guide for art models, artists, and workshop leaders.


"Often people interested in art modeling ask me about what it takes or how
to get into it. Since I discovered Andrew’s book, I just tell them all to read it!"

Fred Hatt, Artist and Life Drawing Monitor, Spring Studio, New York City

"An invaluable resource."
Wendy McClay-Triplett, Manager, Models & Props, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

"An essential addition to any library that serves the studio arts."
Barbara Furbush reviewing for the Art Libraries Society of North America

"There is no question that every art model should read this book;
but let me suggest that every figure photographer read it as well."

Figure Photography Magazine

"From my standpoint as an artist, I would love to see
more models read this book and apply its instruction."

Steve Armes, reviewing for DFW Art Models, Dallas

See the reviews page for more.


Honorary Member of the Figure-Drawing League Author Awarded Honorary Membership
in the Figure-Drawing League

"Andrew Cahner has now provided a thorough, wide-ranging how-to guide, The Art Model's Handbook... which will also be tremendous help to artists who work with models..." —Scott Kirkman


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The Art Model's Handbook: The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists • by Andrew Cahner
ISBN-13: 978-1-442-16969-2 • ISBN-10: 1-442-16969-9 • Distributed by Ingram. • Available from Amazon.com
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Painting on book cover: “Trois Couleurs Noir.” Oil on canvas. © 2004 Antoine de Villiers. Used with permission.