How to Draw a Nude Model

When drawing a nude model, be sure to be polite, courteous and professional; plan out the drawing in advance and let the model know how they should pose for the drawing. Find out tips for planning and posing a drawing of a nude model and creating a comfortable work environment for them in this free video from a professional cartoonist and illustrator.

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Okay folks in this clip we're going to talk about how to draw a nude model. Okay. So obviously in this situation, you're going to want to be a very, very professional artist. You don't want to make the situation all uncomfortable for your subject and you definitely want to establish yourself as a someone who, you know, can work in all sorts of different perimeters and create a very comfortable and professional environment for everyone, not just your models but anyone else you work with. So in the case of working with a nude model, first of all, you're going to want to make sure that they know exactly what it is that they're going to be doing. You're going to set them up in their pose, make sure they know where they're supposed to be, what it is that you're going to be doing while you draw, what like the idea with the shape and the lighting and everything, the scheme of the picture. Basically, the whole idea of the bit of painting or drawing as supposed to be. So you're very clearly on the same page. Next you're going to want to set them up and the pose that you want them to be in, make sure everything is setup pretty well beforehand in terms of lighting, in terms of where you want them to be. Don't make them stand around and wait for you to get your, your act together. Make sure you have pretty much everything well-planned out before they even show up. So once you have them where you want them, make sure again, you're very, very clear with them, very direct. Make sure you don't come across in any way as sleezy because basically, they're you know, putting themselves in your hands. They are trusting you to be a professional. So once you have them there, really then communicate clearly what your intentions are, setup the pose. Now once you have them in the pose that you want, make sure that you're very clear that you need them to stay relatively as motionless as possible. Try to make them comfortable, play some music, but as you're sketching, try to make sure that they don't move too much. Now the main reason for drawing nude models is to study the human forms specifically and the shapes and different looks that you can create with the human body. So really take in the form. Study it the way the light hits its study, you know, exactly, how, what it is you want to do also in relation to the drawing; like look at it and then translate it somehow in the best way possible onto the page. That is the objective of the overall project and should be your objective as the artist to really capture what it is that you see in the most clear and beautiful way possible. Other than that, you know, stay true to your vision. Make sure again, you're very polite, very courteous and professional and that's really the best way to conduct yourself when you're drawing a nude model.


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