A question I’ve been asking myself lately is, “Am I a better art model or an artist?” After-all, I use to draw for hours in my room after I got home from elementary school. It seemed as if the world disappeared, leaving just me and my imagination.
By the time I got into high school, I’d already been named artist of the month after winning an art contest. And even had one of my masterpieces featured on the front cover of a magazine. Don’t ask me what the name of the magazine was, because it was very long ago. But I sure felt honored to be asked if my art work could be used.
Unfortunately, just like after I left high school, I haven’t been practicing art work much. About 7 years ago, when I got back into it, I was going to the art studios during the week, where they have nude models. And Saturday’s, which only has costumed models. Me personally, I prefer the clothed models because I find it more of a challenge.
Sadly, this rediscovered obsession with art didn’t last long. At the time I was working too many hours at a job that I’m grateful to be no longer working for. To make a long story short, they lacked respect, morals and ethics. All the things that I live by.
Yet still, the answer whether I’m a better art model or artist hasn’t been answered
I suppose it all depends upon who you ask. If you were to ask me, I’d say I’m a better artist.
There’s many issues that exist that I believe doesn’t make me a good art model at all.
I’m not a female
This statement is not to take any credit away from the female art models that are favored the most by the art studios. During the time I was drawing at the studios, I drew some amazing models that totally deserve to be a favorite among the artists.
These incredible models were able to hold a pose resembling a Greek statue. Had a unique look that would make any artist get goosebumps thinking about drawing them.
And had your typical female curves that are aesthetically pleasing to draw.
Me being a male, I have your typical blocky male look. I definitely don’t have the aesthetically pleasing curves that the females have.
Plus, now that I’m focusing more on bodybuilding, even though I’m not Mr Olympia, I’m not very pleasing to draw. Thinner male models seem to be preferred, if they are to be used.
Artists trust female models more
Just like they suggest only working for legit artists that you know you can trust, the same goes for artists.
When it comes to trust, it means everything when an artist is going to use a model for their inspiration to create art.
The model should always show up when scheduled to work, and preferably be a little early. All of which I always made sure to do. If the model doesn’t show up, then the artists are put in quite a difficult situation. They must either find a replacement as soon as possible, or cancel the entire session completely.
Then there’s the safety concerns. Just like a model wants to be safe, so do the artists. I’ve never heard of an artist being physically or verbally assaulted by a model, but there’s always a first time for everything. Artists sometimes work alone in the studio, which sometimes might even be attached to their home.
Just like you wouldn’t want to be alone in a secluded area with a stranger you hardly know, the same things goes when hiring models to use in the studio. I’m not saying that females can’t also be dangerous under certain situations. It’s just less of a concern because males are usually bigger and stronger than females.
You must be able to hold very still
Even though I’ve been told that I’m a great model and able to hold poses very well, I’m sure many of the female models can hold them much better.
As a natural bodybuilder, I know my bodies musculature pretty well. I know what feels comfortable and what poses I’ll most likely be able to hold the longest.
A typical pose is held for about 20-30 minutes with a 5 minute break afterwards. Some people complain that they get very tired while holding poses for such a long time and get sore the next day.
For someone like me, I don’t get tired easily because I’m use to fatiguing my muscles with weights. And I never get sore the next morning. Then again, I suppose it depends upon what type of shape you’re in.
So, am I a better art model or artist?
It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to ask me because I’m kinda biased. My first answer is that I’m a better artist, even though I don’t practice art as much as I should.
I’m also pretty sure if you were to ask Rochester Art Supply, where I bought all my supplies from, they’d also agree that I’m a better artist than model. Along with the Hungerford Building where all the artists that I use to draw with are located.
The only one who might disagree with you is the Art Center of Rochester, who I’ve posed for once. They would most likely say I’m a better model than artist. Then again you never know. I guess it all depends upon perception.
What was it like being an art model?
There’s a lot of misconceptions believed by people who aren’t artists. The first thought that goes through everyone’s minds is that you get naked in front of a group of people and they judge study every square inch of your anatomy.
This type of thinking is completely the opposite of what truly happens during an art session.
First of all, you don’t just get naked
While it’s true that many models get naked in order for the artists to draw them, there’s also clothed models.
As I mentioned from the beginning, I did pose for a sculpture artist, but I was only shirtless. And when I posed for the Art Center of Rochester, I also had all my clothes on, except for my sneakers. Many artists like to draw the shape of your feet for some reason, which isn’t a big deal.
Whether you’re naked or fully clothed, the artists aren’t there to judge you or sexually admire you. Sorry to disappoint all of you, but there’s nothing sexual at all going on at the studios.
The artists there are so focused on creating art, they don’t think of you as a naked person. They look at you as a piece of art to draw.
I’d highly recommend someone being an art model even if it was just for one time
Have you ever heard of the old saying, you must get out of your comfort zone in order to grow as a person?
When it comes to art modeling, this saying is very true. The first time I was about to model for the sculpture artist I was very nervous. At the time I never modeled before and didn’t know exactly what to expect.
I was sitting in the parking lot waiting for her to return my phone call, and was very nervous when I answered. At one point I was thinking of leaving when she didn’t answer my call. But I made an agreement and had to go through with it. I decided to move past my comfort zone and try something new.
I’m glad that I did, because I not only got the chance to try something new, I also gained a ton of confidence and met a lot of great people along the way.
The problem with most of us is that we lack confidence in what we’re e capable of accomplishing, and also our own worst enemies when it comes to how we view ourselves.
This can prevent us from meeting new people. Getting promoted at work. Or even starting that new business we always dreamt of because we lack confidence.
So, before this post gets too long, let me ask you this question one last time.
Am I a better art model or artist?