Nude modeling: Session 3

I’ve been asked to be a nude model for an artists’ life drawing session this weekend. It has been more than a year since I posed for artists, in a similar session in Montreal.

It’s a different group this time, in the Laurentians, but the format will be pretty much the same: 3 hours of poses, with a break midway through. It appears to be a traditional workshop: I will do poses in the four positions — standing, seated, reclining, and semi-reclining or prone — for various lengths of time, with 20 minutes being the longest pose and 2 minutes being the shortest.

I like to use props in some of my poses, though not all of them have proved popular in the two sessions I’ve done before. For example, a gold mask I brought along to wear for one pose during my last session was not well-received. But the thigh-high boots and feathery flogger I used for one long pose were pretty popular, though I won’t be bringing them along this time.

I like to incorporate things we use in our daily lives, such as smartphones. For sure, I will do at least one pose in which I appear to be fixated on the small screen and oblivious to the world around me as I walk down a busy street — I see people doing it all the time in downtown Montreal, though they aren’t naked. Still, I imagine many nudists/naturists do the same thing in some social nudism settings, so it is not an unrealistic pose.

I might bring along my hair dryer for a pose, too: it’s a staple of my existence. I use it every day (no lectures, please).

Of course, I will do some traditional poses as well. One thing I have to work on is hand gestures, and I will put a lot of focus on that.

And, yes, if any artists from my first two sessions are looking in here, I will bring along my Irish whistle for a sitting cross-legged pose.

There’s no money involved in this weekend’s workshop, just as there wasn’t any in the first two. I don’t go looking for these sessions: the organizers have asked me to do them. Apparently, they do ask nudists/naturists to model because they know we are not so hung up on body image and are not shy about being naked in such settings.

It is good experience for me: I would like to actually earn some money doing this sort of modeling for artists eventually. One member of my nudism group in Ontario — he’s 79 — supplements his income by modeling for art students.

That’s the great thing about being a nude model for artists: age, size and such don’t matter. They need all sorts of people — the more variety, the better for them.

How about you? Have you done this sort of modeling? Any thoughts on poses to share?

— Jillian

18 thoughts on “Nude modeling: Session 3

    1. For the long standing poses, I stare at the wall beyond the artists and visualize myself canoeing on a placid lake. Surprisingly, it’s not difficult to hold a pose, easier than you might expect. Only once did I get overly ambitious and tried a pose I couldn’t hold for the designated length of time.

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  1. Would love to try it but the locale art studios are too caught up with the religious right in my area. So nudity is treated somewhat like a plague when I have mentioned I would love to pose for the.


      1. We are in the heart of the bible belt so if it got out these women would be publicly humiliated. But I’m determined to try it and enjoy the opportunity when it comes.


  2. Have fun JIllian. I guess this means you will not be at our swim on Sat. evening. Too bad, it’s a little closer to your home.

    Enjoy the experience. Even though you have done this before, I am sure every time is different. Good to get some different poses in your head before hand…
    I think I could only stay motionless if I could close my eyes.


    1. P.S. I did one reclining pose once during which I closed my eyes, but I’m guessing artists want our eyes to be open most of the time, the eyes being the window to the soul and all that.


  3. Hope the session went well! Will be looking forward to seeing a report, soon.

    I think if I tried posing with eyes closed for more than 10min. I’d probably be asleep! Plus, I like seeing what the artists are doing. You can learn a lot by watching how they are doing things, and it’s interesting the different methods each use, even if you can’t see just how it looks until after the pose ends.


      1. Yup, looking straight at an artist could be disconcerting, unless asked to do so. But, taking in what’s going on around you while posing, (while maintaining focus on your spot on wall.) Artists can be fascinating creatures to observe in their natural habitat. I’d miss all that if my eyes were closed.

        Also, getting something of a free education in drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. while posing is an added benefit of modeling.


      2. I do look at the artists, but I know that we models are supposed to stare off blankly into space beyond them. I did one pose this past weekend while wearing sunglasses, as part of a summer scene. So, I was able to look at the artists without them noticing, which one of them remarked about. “She’s probably watching us.” Fortunately, the session was quite informal. But for a more serious session, we models are supposed to be statues.


  4. It’s very nice to know that people are doing Favours to each other . I fee where I am . I’m the only artist in the town and I have to get naked sit by the mirror and take my own pictures for reference


  5. Anyway . I’d really like someone els model for me . Since my art is all about feminism sometimes I do need a female body for reference . . If anyone out there live in Dubai . ❤️ please contact me 🙏🏻


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