My course has started doing self directed life drawing class. This is a great opportunity, but the model is bit awkward and people don't turn up for the class and then the model ends up just standing around and goes home.
I'm trying to make the most of all my resources this year, and want to be able to use this time to help me improve but I don't know how to direct a life model. It sounds silly but I don't know what poses to do or time limits ect.
Can someone maybe suggest some helpful poses, or perhaps someone who runs a life drawing class or attends one regularly offer some structure or exercises (such as warm up gestures maybe?) just so I can gain some confidence in giving direction.
You start off with gestures, ranging from 30 seconds to 2 or 5 minutes, depending on what you prefer. Just have the model pose as they like, obviously different each time. After than you can set up chairs and boxes to have them pose however you'd like, differentiate between standing, sitting and laying down. That can go from 1 to 2 hours~ This is a really good gesture website. Just pick a few poses you like and bring them in and have the model do it? Hope it helps
run the model through some interesting poses get creative. Don't have the model just lay down or sit, stand upright(rigid stuff yuck).
Turn 30sec-5min gesture drawings into animated sequences such as in this video starting at 00:08:52
pretend it is in the middle of a sword fight
pretend to aim with a bow
cower in fear
show emotion with body posture
in the process of picking something up
pretend to talk with someone(don't forget those hand gestures people do like when trying to explain something or if you are Italian)
fly like superman
hold a dance position
Stage a 5 person scene with the model posing 5 mins for each "actor" in the scene, have people focus in composition and staging, make people think about perspective. Just throw scenarios out there, think of a movie or a certain plausible moment and have the model do it. Make it interesting have everyone pitch in ideas and discuss compositions, get the the whole group involved and animated. Figure drawing should be full of life and story. So avoid boring poses and random gestures floating in midair, chopped limbs, and stiff rock drawings. Every gesture should have a purpose and a narrative to tell.
The sky is the limit. The model should be getting a workout with dynamic poses don't forget about breaks in between.