I never really thought too much about the people who model for art students while they’re practicing drawing the human form – I saw Felicity, and I sat up and paid more attention when it was Jesse Williams on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, but I mean. I never really spent much time thinking about the gig.
When you do start to think about what it might be like to sit naked in a room full of strangers, though, you might come up with any number of questions – and still, you might not hit on the idea that the whole prospect can seem a bit…chilly.
You might have an idea that the whole thing is somehow s^xy, but models are here to tell you that is not at all correct.
And protip: if you’re hiring a nude model for a drawing class, please invest in space heaters. As many as you can get.
But wait. Maybe too warm a room isn’t a good idea.
Better shoot for a comfortable temperature.
There are bound to be awkward moments, but there are good ones, too.
Artists have to suffer for their art, but these are just models looking for a paycheck.
They shouldn’t have to suffer just because it’s taking you forever to figure out how to get that hand just right.
Make sure they’re warm or else.
And yes, I know that hands are hard.
I don’t know why but there is just something so wholesome about this thread.
Have you ever been a nude model? Drawn one?
Tell us in the comments what the experience was like for you – I’m more curious than ever now!