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,
"An essential addition to any library that serves the studio arts."
Barbara Furbush reviewing for the Art Libraries Society of North America
"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.
Author Awarded Honorary
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
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
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Painting on book cover: “Trois Couleurs Noir.” Oil on canvas. © 2004 Antoine de Villiers. Used with permission.