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"As close as possible to what you would see, if you were observing the models directly with your own eyes."  —Butch Krieger, from the foreword

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Through careful research and consultation with a variety of artists, the authors have created a truly useful art reference. Packed from cover to cover with over 100 poses photographed at multiple angles, Art Models provides a supplement for routine work such as practicing with new mediums and studying body features and also creative work like planning compositions. By encouraging extra practice and planning, Art Models makes studio time with live models more worthwhile and rewarding for both artists and models. See full previews at the author's livemodelbooks site. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Live Model Books; Dvdr edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976457369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976457367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quality photos with a good variety of body types, and both men and women models.
Eric S. Phillips
Although there are a few dynamic poses, the majority of them are constructed and trite, showing little or no tension in the muscle or weight in the form.
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If you are an artist(painter, sculptor, etc.) and you just can't afford live models this is a great book.
Kevin Nazario Bartolomei

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JJ9786 on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
About the models,
If you buy the book expecting to get airbrushed ultra skinny fashion models, you might be disappointed. But, if you want naturally beautiful models photographed in clear lighting so you can see every bit of them, then this book is great. And there's a nice range, from Susan who is slim and athletic and has a classic Greek-sculpture face to someone like Jen with her amazing natural figure and more modern look.

The previews above give a good idea of the range of models but it's kind of hard to see how beautiful they are. And a couple of my favorites, Jessica and Jennifer (who have pin-up style figures) are missing.

So, if you want supermodels, go buy a fashion magazine, or if you want erotic models airbrushed to look like plastic, go buy a men's magazine, but if you're looking for attractive naturally beautiful models, this is the book to get.

The poses are good too.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PhotoKid on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was surprised by how many photos they could fit in a 160 page book. They're on just about every page and they fill the page. And since the book is 8.5x11, the photos are really big.

Other pose books I've seen put the photos in little frames. Maybe little photos and lots of white space looks nice, but it's a bad idea if you really want to see the models. Would you rather work from big color photos or little ones that you can't really see?

The quality, size of the photos, and the sheer number of them is stunning. Definitely the best bang for the buck of any pose book out there.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I first received this book in the mail, I was quite impressed with its quality. There are several models featured in the book, the lighting in the photographs is inoffensive, and the pages are beautifully printed. I soon discovered, however, that the book itself would be of little use to me.

While the book initially appears to provide an abundance of photographic material and a variety of models, a few flip-throughs will reveal that many of the poses and models are incredibly similar. It focuses mostly on the female figure and provides female models who, but for one, appear to be young, slender (but not athletic), and white. They are all heavily made-up, they have no visible body hair and their genitals (while intact on the DVD) are nonexistant in the printed images: they have been airbrushed out. I find this choice particularly offensive considering that the male models did not receive the same treatment, nor do they adhere to the same idealistic standards. The one female model who is an exception to being thin is also not white: though she is a beautiful and capable model, I feel it is unfortunate that she alone bears the burden of "otherness". Although the average western (American) dress size for women is size 14, and the majority of people in the world are non-white, there is only one model out of nine that reflects this reality.

Variety is not just lacking in the bodies of female models, it is also absent in their poses. The poses are, for the most part, very passive, static, and inactive. Although there are a few dynamic poses, the majority of them are constructed and trite, showing little or no tension in the muscle or weight in the form.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mothhead on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
The photographs are high-resolution and well-lit. The models show a variety of poses and each pose is shot from multiple angles. It's also nice to have different body types represented. However, the photos are too small to see much detail of hand, foot, or muscle tone. Also, some of the poses are ridiculous. Maybe you can get an idea from their titles. For example, "country boy" (complete with wheat sprig sticking out between the man's teeth), "super surfer", "razzle dazzle". There are silly props too. For example, one nude half-reclining in a chair is reaching for a bowl of chips. Adding to the cheap effect, the book is arranged not by theme, but by model (first names only).

A much better reference is The Figure in Motion by Thomas Earley. The photos are black-and-white and somewhat grainy, but they are full-page, graceful and dynamic, and much more thoughtfully chosen for use in studying anatomy or for incorporating into compositions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Miller on February 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book created for the support of figurative artists! It seems like this book has it all, from drawing reference material to inspiring examples of actual artwork based on the reference material, to helpful perspectives from the authors and models, in short everything. It is so very heartening to find a work so committed to the art of the human form that is not tempted to sully the human body in any way. This book is clearly not just a "project" for the authors, it is a work of love and passion, indeed it is a work of art all its own and in its own right.

P.S., this is supposed to be 5 stars, and I can't figure out how to change it....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Wraxall on January 26, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book/CD set is a must for anyone producing visual images of the human form. The photographs are art in themselves, beautiful enough to enjoy for their own sake without intruding on the creative process of an artist/user.

Tastefully done with wonderful models and well worth the investment. A treasured addition to my art study library.
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