Nude Drawing Models
If you prefer Non-Nude models, please see
Art Models 9
a non-nude figure drawing reference.
Where to Start
Jump right in and explore the Pose Tool, which has thousands of Poses
Free to search and browse for inspiration
over 100,000 photos! (including those on the contact sheets.)
If you are learning how to draw the figure, this huge catalog of pose reference photos will give you
loads of material from which to practice.
Seasoned artists will find life drawing figures for all
kinds of work; personal projects and those for sale.
Get 2 free art reference Poses:
A great way to get a feel for how the site works is to
Create A Login and click the link in the
email (we won't spam you).
2 free fullsize poses will be added to your own
Pose Library, one male and one female.
When you download the poses you'll have 48 high-resolution photos to use for drawing, painting, sculpting,
sketching, or other art projects, completely Royalty Free! (see Policy.)
Want Help? Please Contact Us
and let us know where you're getting stuck. We're generally available M-F 10a.m.-4p.m. Eastern Time.
A Small Sample of Subjects
And many more . . .
Poses are photographed in rotation at high resolution.
The animated image shows how a pose can be zoomed-in and rotated for portrait and detail views.
You can see any part of the figure close-up from multiple angles.
Create finished sculptures with the 24-point pose rotations.
Practice painting portraits with a zoomed-in portrait view.
Practice gesture sketching with the full figure model pose.
Practice drawing hands, drawing feet, drawing ears, or any other challenging
part of the body from multiple angles as you view different angles of the pose.
Look for the action poses (Art Models 7, for example) for comics, graphic novels,
and other dramatic subjects. Many have alternate views such as ground level looking
up or overhead looking down that are great for studying foreshortening.
Find Figure Studies
The Pose Tool is great to find additional male and female art models
in thousands of reference poses—all free to browse and use. Searches can be done
by criteria like
- Gender (male and female models)
- The lighting used
- The position of the model (crouching, kneeling, sitting, standing, etc.)
- Nude or Clothed
- The Poses from one particular model (over 80 different models)
Number of photos in the Pose
To support the site, we do actually need to sell poses. So, the sample photos are of limited resolution
and show just one view when enlarged.
For choice of viewing angle and for the greatest detail, you can buy high resolution Poses in a variety
of formats. There are many options to choose from, such as
Use the photos as a reference, and the art you make is yours to do with as you wish 1.
Why Buy when the Pose Tool is Free?
- The Pose Tool is free to browse for inspiration in finding nude pose reference photos.
There are over 100,000 images of life drawing figures to view!
- The sample photos are 512 pixels and the Poses you can buy are as high as 48 megapixels!
They give incredibly rich detail in hair, skin, eyes, feet, hands, face, and other areas.
- A Pose you buy has many photos at these high resolutions so
you can choose the view that works best for your art project.
- Your purchase helps keep the Art Models project going, making these pose reference
What is a "Pose"
A Pose is usually a collection of photos of a model in one position.
a nude model standing in the contrapposto position or the T-pose will be photographed from 24 different
angles (once every 15-degrees as the model is rotated). Those 24 art reference photos
are collected into one "Pose."
When the project first started, we imagined our customers as sculptors. They would be looking
for anatomy reference photos and also traditional male and female nude artist's model photos
but they would need to see all around the figure to create a complete sculpture. That's why
we do the multiple angles.
It turned out people who draw, sketch, paint,
design characters, draw comics, etc., all found that the multiple angles gave them a large amount
of freedom to choose which view they like best.
As customers requested more portrait reference photos, expression photos, action
poses (which can't be held for a rotation), human anatomy, and other non-static poses, we
started adding Poses without the standard 24-view rotation.
To see what views are included in a Pose, tap the thumbnail photo to bring up a preview then tap
the All Views button.
Art you create is Your Art to use or sell as you wish!
Policy: The photos may be used as a reference for creating traditional art which may then be sold.
For example, a drawing, painting, or sculpture is permissible under these guidelines,
whereas a work which uses the actual photos—such as a collage—would be prohibited.
The photos may be used for games, videos, and digital art if first manipulated in a
substantive way, for example, as the basis for a wireframe mesh, skin, or texture.
However, they may not, in whole or in part, be resold, repackaged and sold, nor given away.
If you would like to use our photos as part of a product, class teaching art technique, or other offering,
please Contact Us
and provide as much
detail about your project as you can. We license photos on a case-by-case basis.