Approaches[ edit ] Artists take a variety of approaches to drawing the human figure. They may draw from live models or from photographs,  from skeletal models, or from memory and imagination. Most instruction focuses on the use of models in "life drawing" courses. The use of photographic reference—although common since the development of photography —is often criticized or discouraged for its tendency to produce "flat" images that fail to capture the dynamic aspects of the subject.
Chris, who prefers to be identified solely by his first name, is a figure model, meaning that a couple nights a week he strips bare for art students in academic settings, casual drawing groups and professional artists. We sat down to chat about getting into this particular modeling business and the nature of being scrutinized by the artistic eye. How did you get into figure modeling? Was there an ad? It was an accident actually.