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Models 2 Go
on 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.