Tips for working with a nude model

Here are some tips for working with a nude model, based on extensive experience in model workshops at our studio. 

If you want to achieve expression of life in the image of the human body, practice drawing from observing a living body. Knowing human anatomy, proportions, understanding the rules of perspective, drawing from photographs are just tools. The main way to learn is to work with a live nude model. Join groups of artists, and it does not matter to beginners or experienced, or organize such a group yourself.

In conducting classes with a nude model in our studio, we follow the following order:

Part 1 in working with a nude model

 5-6 simple poses lasting 8-10 minutes each pose. 

It is advisable to change the angle of view by rotating the model so that each participant in the class can see the model from all sides. 

Such exercises help to develop the perception of the whole composition.

Tips for working with a nude model

Part 2 in working with a nude model

A long pose on a particular subject ("sleep," "rest," "thought," etc.) lasting an hour. 

This exercise allows for work and accuracy in details and in-depth study of body parts. In an hour, you can practice not only drawing, but also painting and sculpture.

Tips for working with a nude model

Part 3 Working in front of a nude model

8-10 dynamic poses lasting one minute each pose. 

In this exercise, you must turn off all analysis and thought, act as spontaneously as possible. Such an exercise makes it possible to get a sense of the human body.

And one more tip:

Never start with an outline. Use lines only at the stage of accuracy and corrections, or even try to make drawings using only "wide strokes". 

Remember the Rodin's advice In the topic:
"All the artists The big ones explore space. Just knowing The volume of their power lies. Remember one thing: there are no lines, there are Only volumes. And when you paint, never to Think about the lines, and focus only on the volume. after Everything, volume is what controls the contour. "

Tips for working with a nude model
Drawing in wide brush strokes

Tips for working with a nude model

Alexander Cherkov guides and talks in a nude model workshop 3:36

Tips for working with a nude model

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Registration studies at the Cherkov Studio in Givatayim - you are welcome to join:

Art workshops in a personal track - Painting, sculpture and drawing studies under the guidance of Alexander Cherkov for adults and young people, beginners and advanced. The studies are in a group setting with guidance and personal treatment for each participant.

Art workshops for children - Painting, sculpture and drawing studies under the guidance of Sophie Cherkov for children of primary school age, beginners and advanced. The studies in small groups with guidance and personal treatment for each participant.

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