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About the Author

Andrew Cahner is an art model based in southern California. He has modeled for numerous schools, art groups, professional artists, and photographers. Works inspired by Andrew have been featured in art galleries and have been sold internationally. He is fascinated with the artistic process and motivated by creative collaboration with artists. Andrew believes in the dignity of the nude figure in fine art, and is inspired by the works of Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442169699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442169692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I learned a lot even though I'm not a model and not going into modeling.
Parka
Every working artist and every classroom that uses models should have a copy of this book in their studios.
Aisling D'Art
Very informative with good tips and practical steps to take if pursuing modeling.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aisling D'Art on October 7, 2009
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The Art Model's Handbook, by Andrew Cahner is one of those books I look at and exclaim, "Why didn't anyone write a book like this before..?"

If you use artist's models in your studio, work as an artist's model, or have ever thought of working as an artist's model*... you need to own a copy of this book.

Yes, I usually say, "Read this book at your public library first, and see if you want to buy it." However, this is the kind of book that you'll refer to so often, you may as well buy a copy and save yourself multiple treks to the library.

This book is 141 pages of to-the-point information. There's no fluff, and the author is knowledgeable, experienced, and addresses issues on both sides of the canvas (or sketchpad).

Author Andrew Cahner has left nothing out. He tackles the difficult aspects of nudity in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, he tells you the two things that every model must bring with him (or her), and then lists many items that will make your work easier and create a more professional environment.

Chapter by chapter, Cahner provides useful tips and the kind of information every artist -- and artist's model -- needs to think about before, during and after a modeling session.

For example, the author provides some brilliant ways to research poses, so you don't stand in front of the group, blink, and ask shakily, "Err... what do you want me to do?" (Likewise, if you're working with models, these resources will avoid wasted time while the artists try to think of poses, and the model responds, "Okay, how about this?".)

There's even a list of useful links to find modeling work, online.

If there's anything missing from this book -- from either the model or artist's standpoint -- I can't see it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arthur krummel Jr. on January 19, 2010
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i have worked with nude models for nearly 50 years. some were very good, most were mediocre or bad. the biggest reason they seem to fail is their lack of a full understanding of what it takes to model properly.

i wish they'd all read this book. there would have been fewer boring poses, fewer models in motion.

this book will take the art of being an art model from step one through how to write a professional contract.

there are rules of conduct. suggestions on what to bring to a job. how to find a modeling job. what the pay range might be.

all of this advice comes from a model who has years of experience and knows the business.

there are interesting interviews and personal anecdotes.

being a figurative artist i urge any prospective or even working nude model to please read this book. you could save artists hours of frustration and find yourself working much more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on April 8, 2011
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Kelly Borsheim, who is quoted in the book, offers most of this on Internet for free. Other sites fill in the few blanks. It is the most basic information, but serves some purpose if you have little or no exposure to life drawing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Baker on January 11, 2010
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I've been modeling for artists since I was 10 and moved into figure modeling 4 years ago. There is nothing I wish I'd had more when I first got into modeling than this book. The Art Model's Handbook encompasses nearly everything a model should know before they ever book their first gig. This should be mandatory reading for not only new models, but artists/art departments that use live models.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lars Lundblad on December 23, 2009
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I found this handbook useful and a beginner in life modelling should have to read it. For us who are experienced life models the book can be useful to. (I have done nude modelling 25 years now.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iver T. Johnson on January 11, 2010
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Here is a new work which engages all those who participate in figure drawing; models, students, educators, artists and coordinators. As a teaching artist myself, I have been a model coordinator for fifteen years.

I recommend this handbook for its much needed basics of modeling and tips of the trade. The book is well written by a model who knows the business from the small details to the larger overview. I've already purchased a second copy to loan to prospective models. The author is commended for putting such useful knowledge into print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Resb on April 10, 2013
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The Art Model's Handbook by Andrew Cahner exceeded my highest hopes. Andrew Cahner clearly details what to expect, how to prepare, the responsiblities of models, students and teachers. He discusses approaches to posing, from short gesture poses to longer poses used in sculpture - including the admonition that some poses can be very difficult, even painful to maintain for an extended period. Prospective and current models are advised to build a repertoire of poses, practicing until the different sets become as close to second nature as possible: it's critical that the model hold the position desired by the artists and teacher so as not to disrupt angles, shading or other aspects of his or her form in order to check notes of what to do next. Cahner lists a range of artists from classical to modern to assist the model in exploring different styles; I found this list the starting point to a week-long, very enjoyable exploration of the history of figurative art. A life model himself, he interviews experienced professionals in the field who provide their own hands-on experiences: what it's like to pose, what artists and teachers value most from their models, legal considerations and concerns about personal security, particularly when contracting for sessions outside a classroom setting. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of posing for life drawing classes or fine art photographers will find this book highly valuable. Though posing for photographers is not the focus of the book, I was searching for guidance in this regard after I signed up for a 'boudoix' style photo shoot via Amazon Local Deals, and wanted to gain the perspective of models, artists and photographers in the life drawing field to help me make the best of the opportunity. Andrew Cahner's The Art Model's Handbook is the starting point for anyone interested in this field.
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