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1) What is DFW Art Models? Mission Statement
(Answer by Dave Kramer ~ WebMaster)

DFW Art Models was created in the Spring of 2000, because there was a need in the art community to help artists find models for their classes and projects. This site is the first of its kind focusing around life drawing. We are here to promote the study of the male and female figure in a non-sexual way. To study and reference the nude or costumed form with respect.

1) Our prime purpose is to help artists pursue the study of the male and female body in the traditional academic way. To help life drawing, life painting and life sculpting groups find good reliable models.

2) Our secondary purpose is to help individual artists find good reliable models for nude or costumed art projects, either from life or photo reference.

3) Our third purpose is to help establish professional behavior between artist and model.

4) And finally to inform and encourage the community in life drawing/painting/sculpting classes.


2) Why do artists work from live, and mostly nude, models?
(Answer by Steve Armes ~ Fine Artist)

It has been a long held belief that the best way to learn to draw and render is by studying the human figure. Artists have made it their goal to learn to convincingly draw the figure in every conceivable action. The reasons for this has centered on the artist’s goals, and the best road to achieving those goals.

Throughout the last several hundred years, works involving the human figure have been considered the noblest creations. Not only is it because we are interested in ourselves, but the figure has an intrinsic beauty that lies in its expressiveness, action, color and variety. Therefore, the academies and workshops of the 18th and 19th centuries sought to produce artists who were masters at recreating the human form. This was considered excellent training for all, even those who would never make use of the figure in their subsequent work. For to render the figure requires great diligence and accuracy. Errors are easily spotted that might not be noticeable in the drawing of an animal or a tree. In addition, the figure is alive, requiring the student to capture its action and life. Although many artists will ultimately paint the figure with clothing, the study of the nude figure is essential to being able to create the structure beneath the clothing.

Today, life classes continue as a part of the artist’s training. However, they are much varied in structure and aim. For a few, the life class continues the Academic tradition of careful, accurate renderings of the figure. For such classes the lighting is carefully controlled, the pose thoughtfully established, the drawing time is long, often spanning several sessions. (The typical life drawing session is 3 hours. Hence, some posses could last 9 to 15 hours, or more for painting and sculpture.) For others, the life class is as much social as educational, with artists enjoying the inspiration of fellow artists as well as drawing from the model. Often these groups will have short poses lasting 5 to 15 minutes, then changing. Such artists do quick sketches rather than carefully rendered drawings or paintings. Classes vary with regard to instruction. Some have no instruction; others have very little.

For the person organizing a life drawing group, the first issue is the goal of the group. If the artists want to do long and careful academic studies, the poses will have to be long and the light controlled. Natural light from high windows or skylights is best. If artificial light is used, the light on the model should be from a strong, diffuse, single source. This light must be strong enough to overcome any incidental light in the room to light the artist’s work. The pose should be one that accentuates the rhythm and life of the figure.

If the goal of the group is to allow participants to explore more contemporary approaches to art involving experimental approaches, the poses and lighting may be less controlled. In such groups, the poses tend to be short (ranging from 5 minutes to 20 minutes).

Whatever the aims of the group, a few things remain constant. The model should be treated with respect, since issues of propriety and modesty are paramount. The model should be instructed beforehand to bring a robe to wear when not posing. The model should be given a break of 5 minutes or so every 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the difficulty of the pose. It is advisable to keep the model engaged through peripheral conversation, but not preoccupied to the point of moving or constantly chatting. If the model will resume the same pose after a break, tape can be used to block in the model to allow for reposing. It is beneficial to vary the poses from standing to seated to reclining, as well as varying front and back views.

To see more about rules of behavior for models and artist
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3) What is a life model?
(Answer by Steve Armes ~ Fine Artist)

An artist's model is someone who, above all else, can "hold a pose" for a reasonable time (usually about 45 minutes maximum without a break). It's also someone who can, if required, pose nude with dignity & self confidence. Naturists call it "body acceptance." Nudity is not pornography. It's the free expression of who you are. It's beautiful. An accomplished model should be able to create poses that satisfy & stimulate the artist. Modeling is also hard work. Models deserve respect & fair compensation. Regrettably, this is not always the case. "Minimum wage for art modeling in 2004 is $25 per hour x 3 hour minimum ($75)".


4) What is it like to be an artist model?

Modeling for professional and student artists is worthwhile for me because I enjoy being a part of the creative process. I watch the work progress, and I’ve learned a great deal from it. I also think contributing to other people’s creative endeavors puts me in the path of positive energy flow that will result in good things for my creative ventures. While modeling, I listen to the artists’ conversations or I drift off into my own thoughts. It can be a meditative time. Physically, modeling is sometimes challenging but it is also graceful and powerful. Being bare in front of a group of people is a good practice in self acceptance. It is very freeing. ( Jana - Artist Model)

I guess the best comparison is to be an actor. To be on stage entertaining a live audience. The audience is there to study a naked actor: to draw or paint the essence of a nude human figure. Something artists have done since time began. For the model, it's a chance to be immortal. Maybe your likeness will be seen for centuries to come. The human body is at the very center of art. It's flattering to be an artist model. Nudity is the truest form of self expression, an art form of its own. Pity those who who are doomed to live their lives hiding behind clothing. (Steve - Artist Model)


5) Will the whole world know I model for artists?
(Answer by Dave Kramer ~ WebMaster)

Not if you don't want to be. The site allows the model the option of being visible only to the instructors and group leaders in a password protected area. When you fill out the Model form the first question is your desire to be listed publicly or privately. If you do choose a private listing, you will greatly reduce your exposure to other artists and photographers.


6) What do artist models make pay wise?
(Answer by Dave Kramer ~ WebMaster)

The going rate in the DFW area:
for a 3 hr. life group pose is $60 - $90. Some pay more some pay less.

If an artist needs a model to shoot for photo reference only to use for a painting or sculpture, the going rate is:
Clothed $50 - $75 per hr.
Nude $75 - $100 per hr.

Artist's pay rate are different from a photographer's because:
1) Artists use photos only as reference and not as the final product.
2) With life painting groups we need models that will pose for weeks at a time, and most of the art produced in life sessions is just for practice, and may be stored away never to be seen again.
4) Artist make far less money per hour than a photographer would make. We artist appreciate deeply the models we work with and feel they are an important part in the creative process.


7) As a model, who has access to my phone number?

Being Listed and having access to the phone list is only given to legitimate life session leaders in the Dallas / Fort Worth area (those who head up drawing, painting or sculpting life sessions). We check on each request before giving a password.

Instructors, unlike individual artists and photographers, need access to phone numbers for quicker response when lining up models for their group or class. If an instructor can't get a model to commit in a timely manor the class is wasted for a room full of artists.


8) Professional Behavior for Artists and Models. (a must read)

Professional Artist Behavior
a short list of do's and don'ts for artists in life sessions.
Models are to be treated with great respect. They are doing artists a great service by allowing us to study them in a way that most of us would feel uncomfortable in doing ourselves.

NEVER TOUCH A MODEL. If you need to make any adjustments (for instance, moving hair in order to see the neck) ALWAYS ask the model first.

DON'T PHOTOGRAPH THE MODEL without first getting permission and when appropriate. If you want the model to strike a pose for a photo other than the one established by the facilitator, This should be done outside of class as a separate photo session. (On longer poses some teachers and group leaders might take digital picture to help repose the model for the next session)

Models phone numbers should only be obtained from the facilitator or director and at model's discretion.

Models talk as much as you talk. Don't talk to them unless it is important.

Models are people too, watch your comments in all respects. If a model is moving and you need them to be still, in a polite way let them know you are working on an area and would they not move. If you would like to make suggestions, please discretely speak with the facilitator/director.

Each model determines the temperature of the room. When he or she is on a break, it really is a break, leave them alone, no measuring, etc.

The model determines what is physically possible in a chosen pose.

NOT A PEEP SHOW. Most models do not appreciate non students looking in just to see the nude model

Professional Model Behavior
a short list of do's and don'ts for models posing in life sessions.
1.  Models need to show up and on time. There is nothing worse than having a room full of artists with palettes full of paint and no model.

Never talk unless someone asks you a question, and when you answer keep it short.

Don't advertise yourself during the session. If an artist wants to use you for a personal project they will talk to you or the session director on a break.

If a model is uncomfortable about the pose, temperature, etc., they must tell the director at the beginning of the session.

Moving around makes it hard for artists to measure. Try to cut down on any unnecessary movement. If you are asked a question don't move to look at the artist when you answer.

When a nude model is on a break they must wear a robe that they have brought.

9) How can I Promote myself
(Answer by Dave Kramer ~ WebMaster)

Here are some important things you can do to promote yourself:

1) Update you profile every 90 days or you will become inactive. This site is designed to deactivate profiles that are not being regularly updated. If you have nothing to change in your profile, then just click the "Update My Profile" button, and you'll be good for another 90 days

2) Who's On Top! - The site automatically sorts the list by who has updated there profile last. So if you want to be on top then regularly update your page.

3) If you are a model, it is acceptable to email the different group leaders with a link to your profile. DO NOT call them unless they know who you are.

4) Post new images on your page. If you have costumes, or interesting outfits that you can model in, take a good photo with you wearing them and post them.

5) Be a great model. If you show up on time, hold the poses, and act professional in other ways your name will get passed around by other artists and instructors.



Trouble Shooting:

1) I'm having problems logging in.

A) When you sign up for the first time you are sent an email that you must respond to. If you do not respond to this letter you will not be able to access your account. If you did not receive an email you may have given a bad email address on the registration.

B) Some folks like to copy and paste their user name and password into the login fields. If you do this there is a chance you unknowingly added a black space. This would give an error.

C) you are putting in the wrong user name or password. If you know your user name you can click on the "Forgot your password?" link. Submit this form and your password will be automatically sent to you.

I am trying to make this site as automatic as possible, so don't contact me unless you have exhausted all possibilities. If all fails then email me with your full name, what category you are under and what help you need from me.


2) I'm having problems editing my profile.

A) There have been some problems on DFW Art Models' end that has caused problems editing profiles. If you run into a problem please email me with a detail description.


3) I'm having problems uploading my images.

A) Your can only upload JPG or PNG format images. No GIF or other format images can be loaded.

B) Your images are too large. Any image over one meg may not make it through the upload process.

If you are familiar with how to change image formats or sizes its time for you to learn how. If you don't already have one, there are many cheep and free image programs out there that you can get. Talk to a friend to help you.