Friday, October 30, 2009

Artists' Models Online

Sometimes there's a pose that I want to paint but I don't have a model or one of my own reference photos to refer to.  If I want to know just how a leg would bend in a certain seated pose or how a torso twists and affects the shoulder alignment, I can go to a few websites to find out.  shows computer generated figures in action sequence poses.  The figures are, unfortunately, under flat light so this isn't useful for discovering shadows but some of the poses are useful.  I like the dancer series.  shows real people - not all nude or perfectly toned, which is nice - in a huge variety of poses.  Also good is that the poses are photographed in rotation so that you can view them from all angles.  As well, some of the shots are done with more dramatic lighting so that the form is clearly modelled.  The drawback is that you have to pay $5.99 to download the images that you want. is a very cool site that shows computer generated, flayed models.  Yes, no skin.  The idealized male and female models manage to project energy and attitude as they pose and show you their uncovered musculature and ligaments.  Somehow, it's not at all disturbing.  You can use your cursor to rotate the pose 360 degrees and there are even drawing exercises such as a timed 30 second drawing that you can do from randomly-generated poses. 

The Internet is a great resource for artists.  Let me know if there are any great artist-friendly sites that you follow and I'll check them out for the blog.


Erik said...

You might want to check out Daz3d:
I haven't used it myself but it seems to be a freeware alternative for Poser (the software used for the poses in the website).

Dee said...

Hi - When I'm warming up (before I go to a figure drawing class), I like to do gesture drawings using this site:

Ingrid Christensen said...

How cool is that? Thanks for the website, Dee. I'm going to use it for sure.

Anonymous said...

Also "Croquis Cafe" on YouTube is excellent, it's like going to a life drawing class.
Chris Open.