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VINE VOICEon 16 December 2008
Once upon a time, two naive kids named Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and discovered that not only did they have bodies, but that their bodies were different. For one thing, it took three fig leaves to cover Eve unless she carefully draped her hair, but only one small one for Adam when the weather turned cold.

Since the big "Garden of Eden" debacle, artists and students (and peeping toms, among others) have been studying the form of the human body, trying to recreate the nuances and curves on cave walls, canvas, paper, papyrus, dinner napkins, bathroom walls and whatever else was at hand. Naturally, not all were successful.

Unless you're Picasso or Willem de Kooning, you'll probably want to put things in their right places and proportions, and the best way to do this is by using a professional Artist's Model. Unfortunately, models don't grow on trees, so if you're model-deficient I'd like to recommend this book with the accompanying CD.

The book features 56 crisp, full color, two-page sets of nude male and female models in various poses, each pose being shown from 4 angles. The CD expands on this with 24 views for each pose, each of which are "zoom-able" to allow the artist to get up close and personal with the subject. The sets include frequently requested poses with high contrast lighting and even some two-model scenarios.

Male models include the hunky Jesse, the boy next door Michael, and the vintage Dan, while the female models range from petite to average-sized. There are quite a few poses by Carolyne, who was six months pregnant at the time, but please note that there aren't any Rubenesque or mature female models. The book includes a serial number to get free poses from the related website, and the CD contains over 1600 photographs.

For art students on the go, this book and CD are the next best things to toting around a live Artist's Model, and are a lot less likely to cause a commotion in public places.

Amanda Richards
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on 17 April 2012
I use this if I can't get a life drawing class during the weekend. I use a 10" tablet viewed through Kindle and the images look really crisp, having the pose rotate through 90 degrees simulates a live model very effectively.

For anyone looking for a cheap and convienient life model this is the next best thing to a live class. So long as you time yourself, say two five minute sessions and then two twenty minutes of the same pose, then you'll find the book very effective.
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on 15 March 2011
I use this CD-Rom when the model hasn't turned up for my life drawing class, there's a transport delay and 16 students are impatiently drumming their fingers on their easels. There are loads of poses, each one very well photographed, from the same height but moved round slightly (presumably on some sort of turntable) so they can be seen all round. The images change at the click of the mouse so the tutor's in control. It's a useful filler, but I wouldn't teach a whole lesson from it unless desperate, as much of the joy of life drawing is incorporating all those tiny little twitches and muscle spasms into the work, in order to bring it to life. My biggest niggle is that none of the female models are over a size 12, so there are no voluptuous Rubenesque figures to challenge the artist.
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on 12 December 2015
solves a real issue for any impecunious artist but being readers choices edition some poses work better than others and similar, consider specific category editions are a better investment
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on 13 October 2011
Just what I was looking for! Really good prints and excellent discArt Models 3: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts
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on 13 August 2009
this book is full of very good quality colour photographs, however some of the poses just don't look right and some of the props used are odd, like the nude couple having tea, they are sitting cross legged with a tea service between them, also some are badly lit, and some of the models have to much make up on.
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on 30 July 2014
Very good thank you
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on 16 April 2010
It's OK, but some of the poses, I doubt if they where ever posible in a real life class? I know I couldn't hold some of those poses, for any period of time. Perhaps an all femail and all male book, would have been better. But at the end of the day, it did give me some ideas for when I do my next class, so it is worth buying, just for that.
Thanks Paul
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on 22 January 2015
Great ideas.
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on 30 October 2014
brilliant
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