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  • Sorting is a great way to find what you want. For example, would you like a pose that other artists are not using? Sort by Popularity (least). Sorting sometimes works best when there is more than one model because many options tend to be the same for one model, like BMI or Gender.
  • Use the My Lists button. This is where you find all the poses you have selected and you can do things with them all at once. It also shows all the poses you own, and all the poses in your Favorites list.
  • If a search produces no results, unselect one of your search options, or set it to "Any", and try again.

Using the Pose Tool

  • Make thumbnail photos bigger.
  • Tap any thumbnail photo to see a larger preview. Tap that photo to see all views of the pose.
  • Tap a checkbox to select a pose and add it to "My Lists".
  • Most Poses cost $6.99 or just 5 Credits. Get Pose Credits here. Buying a pose adds it to your Library where you can download the complete set to your device. 2 poses are added to your Library at first login so you can tryout the process for free.

Why Buy when the Pose Tool is Free?

Figure drawing pose irinav665 closeup as an example
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  • 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 photos available.

What is a "Pose"

davec001 figure drawing photo A Pose is usually a collection of photos of a model in one position.
For example, 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."
sculpture example photo 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.
cath041 figure drawing portrait photo 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.

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