As an aspiring artist with limited money, I am faced with a problem: Models( or lackthereof). Ottawa is just bursting with all different shapes, colours and sizes, many of which I would love to capture on paper or canvas and( I’m hoping) eventually on various sculptural media.
But how does one exactly ask someone they know to model for them without possibly looking like a weirdo/perv?
During the few times where I’ve actually worked up the gumption and asked friends or acquaintances in the past to model for me they usually have one of these reactions: A)Extreme self-consciousness, followed by much hemming and hawing and blushing or B) Think I’m hitting on them and that this is a way for me to ‘cruise’ the ladies or gents.
It can be difficult as well because sitting is well..kinda boring..and if you’re nude or semi-nude then it can get pretty chilly.
Anybody have any tips because I’m tired of squinting at small, one-dimensional pictures of people on the internet. (Plus, when you type in the search for “woman”, all sorts of disturbing-WTF-retina burning stuff comes up! LOL)
Picture of the artist John William Waterhouse