Model Musings

Greetings from a recently baked and broiled New York City! The hellish heat wave has now passed, thank God. Still, summer is in full swing, and for nude art models working during this season it means no need for studio space heaters 😆

Speaking of art modeling, Museworthy reader and model Dave kindly sent me an article that I thought was well written and enjoyable. “The naked truth about nude art modeling” by Robin Eileen Bernstein. One of the models quoted in the article, Alan, is a good friend of mine. The piece has lots of good insights throughout. Folks interested in the subject as either artist or model might want to give it a read. Thanks for sharing, Dave!

And since we’re talking about posing nude, here is a work-in-progress of my torso from an ongoing summer gig, Sculpting the Figure at the New York Academy of Art. By Matt White:

13 thoughts on “Model Musings

  1. artmodelandrew says:

    “‘You can really screw yourself,’ said MacKenzie. ‘You don’t necessarily always know what’s going to hurt your body.'” This is so true.

    My favorite line is “It looks like me, but a Japanese version of me.” Every artist sees the world through their own lens.

    • Bill says:

      That’s why I have a rule that the only thing that I’m going to do to hurt my body is to eat too much chocolate.

    • Dave says:

      Yeah, that line stuck out to me, also.

      I recently did a long pose with another model in which I stood with an arm draped around the top of the chair in which the other model sat. The pose felt easy at first, but that arm went completely numb within 10 minutes. So then I had to worry my dead arm would fall off the top of the chair and whack the poor woman in the head. The arm went numb every time we resumed the pose (6 times). Amazingly, the arm never fell off the chair.

      I’ve modeled hundreds of times but yet I never would’ve guessed that pose would be deadly. So, yeah, you never know for sure what’s coming when you start a long pose.

      Claudia, I love the torso casting!

      • artmodel says:


        Oh can I relate to your arm numbing story! Chair backs are often a problem. I’ve found that sometimes tensing the limb on purpose – not a lot, just slightly – can stave off the numbing, at least enough to get through a set.

        Glad you like the torso! It’s coming along, and It’s great working with Matt.

        Thanks so much Dave for sharing the article! Much appreciated. Good find 🙂


        (I don’t know why my comment reply threading isn’t working properly, lol)

    • artmodel says:

      Andrew, yeah the first comment you listed is totally true! Even with years of experience a model can run into problems. I thought I had ample cushioning under my foot recently but it still ending up failing me!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂


  2. Bill says:

    Very, very nice. And they may not need a kiln to fire it if the weather heats up again 🙂
    Side topic: I saw that Steven Assael has had to move his studio? I hope that your other artist friends in NYC can retain their digs — developers can be insatiable 😦

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, that’s correct! Steve did have to move into a new studio. He was in his previous studio for 19 years so quite a big change. But at least he’s still in midtown. Developers are insatiable indeed. This city is in a constant state of flux.

      Thanks for your comments!


  3. Ken says:

    Robin Eileen Bernstein’s article may be the best I’ve ever read on modeling. The many perspectives of the models interviewed were interesting and some echoed my own feelings. Modeling clears my mind (enabling me to forget everything else), heightens my focus on my trade craft and gifts me with the acceptance and gratitude of talented people that I respect. Sometimes, after a session, I’ll wonder if I shouldn’t be paying the artists for allowing me to model for them. I’ve often thought of how much modeling has improved my self-image and confidence. For the right person, I think modeling could be very beneficial.

    Claudia, thanks or sharing the article!

    All the Best,


    • artmodel says:


      Agree with everything you wrote, and especially the last part. For a certain type of person, art modeling provides an emotional and mental boost unlike any other activity. It compares to nothing else, really. And yes, that “acceptance and gratitude of talented people” is another huge reward. Their expressions of praise and appreciation for what we models do mean so much. After all these years, I’m still humbled by it 🙂

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments!


  4. cauartprof says:

    Claudia, I look forward to reading the article. Love the sculpture in progress! You are an inspiration.

    • artmodel says:


      So wonderful to hear from you! Glad you like the sculpture. It’s a great class and I’m enjoying watching the work progress. We’re having fun too 🙂

      Thanks for your comments and kind words. Hope you’re having a good summer!


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