A pose that looks graceful on one body might look clumsy on another.

artist life model

The meeting of the viewer and the artwork is a meeting between the living and non-living. Traditionally, one is looking and the other is looked at; one is moving and the other is static.

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. Apprehension at being seen naked is normal.

Quentin Crisp, Interesting facts about Q. Crisp

Life models are useful for studying rules and body proportions involved in figure drawing ratio, but whether they are relevant to aesthetics is unclear.

life art model drawing figure

life art modeling

The truth about life modelling is somewhat different : "Modelling in general is regarded sceptically by many biologists"

A leopard can't change its spots.

weird drawing model

I want to paint a picture which makes me light-hearted: what should it be about? You are already naked.

I will not make a statement and then put a question mark at the end to make it sound like a question.

The canvas belongs to those who inhabit it, even the most idiotic pictures ever.

insouciant swimmer

If my question is hyperspecific and meaningless to anyone but myself, what does art do? What exactly are we looking for? Question mark captured all of the questions I have been asking.

life art models

Can art ever be innocent?

Truth is the daughter of time; acceptance of life as it is, not as it is supposed to be. Models are simplified, but not simplistic, art is love clothed in beauty.

Posing is living, art is completely personal.

A pose that looks graceful on one body, with individual proportions, might look awkward on another.

Sarah R. Phillips, Modeling Life


The human foot is a twenty-six bones anatomic. Beneath drawing's daunting complexity lies a simplicity that gives grounds for hope. "The arts matter because they encourage the imagination".


People want black-and-white rules.

grounds for hope

Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?

male posing

The artist's arousal is seen as positive as long as it is used toward the production of art.

Sarah R. Phillips, Modeling Life

To be successful, artists must pour their heart and their soul into their work and translate a physical presence directly into image.

If it was that easy, they wouldn't have come to look for figure drawing tutorials.