Life Drawing Models

Nude Models for Artists

Nude life provides models for a wide range of clients and artists, such as photographers like Harley Weir, production companies like Netflix and publications like The Mirror, to name a few.

We also provide models for your day-to-day life drawing classes across the whole of the UK, as well as thousands of hen party life drawing classes a year. We have over 2000 life drawing model applicants in our system, so just reach out if you would like access.

You can rely on our agency to maintain high standards of competence, conduct and reliability in providing life drawing models and nude models for wide range of services and requirements. We act as a reliable and trustworthy bridge between artists and models for both parties. 

Finding a life model 

For centuries, artists have hired models in order to draw, paint, and sculpt the human form. Not even the advent of photography could replace the formative exercise of rendering a person from life. Indeed, if an artist wants to learn about the subtleties of color, tone, and anatomy, there is no substitute for such direct observation.

Taking the first steps toward finding and working with a model may be an intimidating prospect, but by using Nude Life’s life drawing models service, you’ll navigate this time-honored relationship with ease and hopefully build a relationship with a model that can last for a while.

Life Model etiquette

It’s standard to give the model a five-minute break every 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the difficulty of the pose. Ask your nude model to take on the task of timing, so that you can immerse yourself in your work, without the distraction of watching a clock.

Knowing the boundaries

Models allow artists to stare at them with an intensity that is abnormal out of the studio. They hold poses for long, dreary hours, yet maintain alertness, all in the service of someone else’s art. In turn, it’s important for artists to remember that there are limits to what you can ask of models. The following rules are key to a respectful working relationship:

  • Never touch the model: Other than taping, you shouldn’t invade the model’s personal space at all. They’re in a very vulnerable position, and rearranging their hair, tweaking their clothing, or manipulating them in any way is inappropriate. Instead, describe how you’d like them to move or alter their pose, and tell them once they’ve done it.

  • Don’t take pictures: You shouldn’t photograph or video a model without permission—even if the person is fully clothed. They’re being paid for a life session, not for the future use and potential distribution of their image. Some models do allow photography, but they may charge extra for the privilege.

  • Keep spectators out of the studio: You’re responsible for helping the model maintain their dignity and privacy, so only working artists should be present when they’re posing.

  • The model has the final say on the pose: You can request a pose, but it’s the model’s right to refuse it if it’s uncomfortable (physically or emotionally)

Paying the model

Local life-drawing groups can tell you the standard hourly model rate in your area. You should prepare the correct fee in advance, so your tired model won’t have to wait while you search your wallet for money. Along with payment, make sure to give sincere thanks; the model’s presence has enriched your work in a way that no inanimate subject could.