Interview with a life model in Bath, UK

Presenting the work and ideas of a successful professional life model

I had the chance to work with Julian in a number of occasions at Bath Artist Studios and The Curfew in Bath. His imaginative and natural poses, as well as the useful props he provides, always offer the artists a very good opportunity to draw and sculpt from life. I thought that interviewing him would provide the readers of CHROMA with an insight to his work and also give artists and life models alike with some ideas coming straight from a successful professional in the field of art and life modelling.

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How life drawing helped me change the way I see myself

What led me to become a life model

Steve, a life drawing model and artist, shares his experience with us. “As a child I was bullied at school and abused at home. Art was my escape route. I had a very negative image both physically and emotionally for myself as I grew up, until the day I forced myself to undress and look at myself nude in a full length mirror. As I calmed down I saw a head, 2 arms, 2 legs and a torso. For the first time in my life I started seeing a human being looking back.”

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Life drawing in a pub

Julian – 5

Do you ever feel that you have been doing the same thing over and over again, that a change is needed, and you would like to challenge yourself meeting new people. Well, this week, I had the chance to try a different life drawing experience. A different venue, a different group of artists, a pint of beer to start with and a pint after we finished. This week I went for a life drawing session at the Curfew, Bath.

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A fantastic life drawing session

Linea – 5

If you have been to more than one life drawing sessions, you have probably experienced exactly what I am going to talk about in this article. It is very true that not all life drawing sessions are equally successful and productive. There are many different parameters that can affect your performance. No matter what, my recommendation is to never give up. That’s the only way to keep learning and trust me; the next session could be the best one you have been so far!

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Marina-Eleni Derveni

Human form through impressionistic prism

I enjoy drawing human forms, either portraits with charcoal or full model figures with acrylic paint. I was interested in drawing since I was a little child and learned on my own. Later on I took various lessons. I definitely want to study art more thoroughly in the future!”

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The importance of natural poses

Julian- 4

This life drawing session made me think the importance of drawing a pose that looks natural. Models can bend and stretch and settle in all sorts of poses. Depending on the result that the artist wants, strange poses might be useful. How easy is it though to capture those poses and plot them realistically on your paper?  This time we had the opportunity to explore life like poses as well as a slightly strange one.

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An “aesthetically NOT pleasing” drawing

Linea – 2

Although that was the exact words my tutor used to describe my long pose drawing – I am personally very pleased with the work produced. My confidence was further strengthened by the model’s quite motivating words. Keep reading about the last life drawing session below.

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Learning through short poses

Linea – 1

A balanced drawing session

This session was dominated by the model’s tranquility, her nice poses and balanced work behind the easel. After three weeks working with the same model (although he was very good) it was a pleasure to see someone new. With quite good mood, and following a very fun weekend I really enjoyed this life drawing session.

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HEADS UP

HEADS UP

Easily understanding the neck

Being able to draw the neck muscles accurately can instantly make a portrait look much more professional and complete. It is so easy to understand how to draw the neck properly that is literally a shame trying to “guess”. All you need is two points and five lines connecting them…simple as that.

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Drawing the human figure, fast

Andrew – 3

The Beauty of  drawing fast

If you are one of those people who can’t spend too much time doing the same thing – you will totally relate with this story. This attitude follows me in my art; I admit that being static for too long and working on the same subject for ages is not my cup of tea. Something that became apparent in this recent life drawing session.  Same model and same pose for the 3rd week in a row. I really had to do something to entertain my self. Something that actually revealed a new attitude towards my drawing that I am going to follow from now on.

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