How To Pose ~ Guidelines for Life Models at Spirited Bodies
# What you do with your eyes is up to you. If you wear glasses you may prefer to model without, that way you won’t be distracted by which artists are looking at you and where. On the other hand, being able to see artists may give you a more direct energetic contact with them, which can in turn feed into their picture.
# For longer poses in particular, fixing your eyes on one point in the room is a useful way to aid meditation, stilling the mind. It lends you a more striking quality too as you seem focused.
# You can’t always fake it – if you’re not in the mood, sometimes it’s better to address that. Don’t be too strict and allow yourself to move the one part of your body which is a little freer – your face.
# If you’re really not feeling it, it’s ok. Break the pose, have a stretch, or just leave the room. If you can let us know why then great, if not don’t worry.
# Go with what suits you. It’s good to push yourself, but your posing should reflect who you are. If you’re a slacker, just let that be. If you’re an athlete, bring that out. There’s somethings we can only suggest, the rest is in your hands. You are all different and that’s what makes this amazing.
# If you can find connections with other models, go with it. If it’s not happening, just listen to your own body.
# Listening to your body is key. Moving from one pose to the next can be like a sequence telling a story from your body. Also you can alternate muscle groups from one pose to the next so that your comfort is afforded.
# You will get uncomfortable. How much you want to push yourself is up to you. I still regularly get myself in regrettable poses which make me wish I’d never accepted the job. But I also know that by the next pose or the break, I will have a sense of reward and achievement. Obviously if it’s really awful I stop.
# Nip it in the bud – the tingles. If you feel pins and needles coming on, do something early on, or it will get exponentially worse. Don’t feel bad about this.
# Emotional issues may arise for some of you; this is normal. There can be a sense of vulnerability to modelling nude, plus you have much quiet time to think. You may feel stuck there like an object and any awkward sensations relating to this could be ripe for emerging. Don’t try to block it, and don’t let it overcome you either. Take your time, do what you need to do. We want you to enjoy yourselves most of all and have a positive experience.
# Seamless continuity of group pose. This is an unusual scenario – and it is not modelled on a traditional life drawing session. You probably won’t all change pose at the same time. I may suggest to each of you when it’s a good time to change pose, or you may decide to do so independently. This way most of the group pose appears to remain the same for the duration, with only subtle changes happening throughout.
# Listen to your body and each other! You are part of a bigger picture telling a story of individuals as well as collectively.