Life Models Wanted

Model for our Life Drawing Club

As a group of experienced and skillful draughtsmen we prefer models who challenge us (and themselves) with surprising and special poses. We do a lot of gesture sketching with short (2, 3, 5, 8, 13 minute) poses or slow-motion movement. We expect models to be able to improvise endless series of dynamic and expressive poses or facial expressions. We like to work with dancers and dance students, actors, performance artists and skillful artist’s models. Models with special appearance (characteristic faces, less common racial characteristics or physical disabilities) are welcome for a change. We pay € 45,- per evening.

Model for Visual Artist (private)

As an artist, I am fascinated by empathy, the ability to (sort of) read thoughts, to be able to physically and emotionally ‘feel’ (imagine) what someone else is feeling; to put yourself in someone’s shoes. Through my work (with models) I practice empathy and in my artistic work I hope to invite the public to a similar empathic experience (with my work).

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth – what have I done?

dialogue with a drawing

dialogue with a drawing

That’s why life drawing (and modeling) is a continuous artistic research for me

  • into identity:
    • Human emotions
    • Personality
    • Desired identity
    • Vulnerability: self confidence, shame and uncertainty
  • into physicality:
    • Somatic, how it feels to be/have a body or how you experience that body,
    • What you can express with a body,
    • or what it communicates; the perception of a body, how postures and tension in a body (or an image of it) evoke emotions in the viewer.
  • into encountering the other; the interaction between subject and object, artist and model, beholder and drawing:
    • on exposing yourself to the other
    • on watching and being watched, seeing and being seen; objectification and recognition,
    • on how to trust, spend time and pay attention to really watch (see), listen to (hear) and sense/feel someone else
    • on how to open up to what presents itself with the other and honestly meet someone else – be in dialogue (M. Buber)
    • on mirroring; recognizing yourself (your humanity) in the vulnerability of the other (E. Levinas)
  • and into how to depict all this
    • how to draw what is not visible (feelings, experiences, energy, movement)

Long term collaboration (as muse, side job)

Dovydas sensing

tranquile somatic meditation

I like to work with a limited number of steady models and invest in a durable collaboration. My regular models tend to be creatives themselves; they study dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts or architecture or have recently graduated.

I strive for a shared artistic research and creative process. I’m not interested in drawing bodies frozen into a static pose (models holding positions), but want to feel somebody’s (lively) energy. I wish to align what I’m trying to portray and what my model is trying to embody.

getting the shivers - fast sketching - agile poses

getting the shivers – fast sketching – agile poses

I try not to impose a specific working method on my model, but try to find a working method together with my model that suits us both. Like I try to explore the subject we’re working on and the energy I experience in my model, and try to adapt my drawing technique to it (with or without succes), I want my model to let go of common expectations about modelling (shut up, don’t move and be pretty) and instead try to explore how modelling can be a both a creative activity and a satisfactory experience (and share your findings with me).
Modelling can be a physical and emotional journey and I hope this journey may be personally or artistically as meaningful to my model, as drawing or sculpting a model is to me.

I strive for continuity in the process. With most models I work once or twice a week. Sessions usually last 3 to 4 hours (during the week mostly in the evening and in the weekend mostly during the day, but otherwise might be possible too). I like to agree on a fixed time slots as default, from which we can deviate whenever necessary – always taking your schedule and your level of energy into account. I pay my steady models so you don’t have to worry about finance or finding side jobs.

You live and study in Rotterdam or its surroundings,
you are regularly available for a longer period of time (months/years),
you wish to express yourself (as a model) with your body (posture),
you want to try new things, challenge yourself both physically and personally,
but you also have the perseverance to finish something.
You can share your experience with me, so we can learn from it.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below and let me know your pursuits, what inspires and motivates you, and what you would like to investigate as a model. I will then invite you for a first (unpaid) acquaintance/trial session. We will talk about our interests, but we will also get started modelling and sketching. The aim of this session is to experience each other’s energy/atmosphere, to determine whether we want to continue working together and if so, to make our first appointments.

Single session or short project

For variety – when I’m not working with one of my regular models – I like to be surprised and get to know interesting new models. There are more people who wish to model for me than I can invite. I therefore only invite people who seem interesting to me, so please try to describe how you distinguish yourself from average:

  • Are you young (up to 25) or old (above 75)
  • Or do you have an interesting body? Are you lean muscled (a living anatomy model)?
  • Can you do special things with your body? A handstand? Are you particularly sportive?
  • Do you have specific ideas about what you would like to depict? What kind of photo/video, drawing or sculpture to create?

Try to write sufficiently about your personal history and pursuits, your body and physical abilities, your ideas and ambitions. The better you are able to describe yourself… the more likely I will contact you to make an appointment. One-time sessions are always unpaid, but you can get some of the results.

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