If you missed the opening of Aleah Chapin’s exhibit at Flowers Galleries, then you need to get down to Chelsea ASAP. These huge oil paintings – figurative nudes – are unbelievably life-like. These are truly intimate works, lovingly rendered portraits of Aleah’s friends from her hometown of Seattle. Check out this video interview and then […]
This video was produced and posted to YouTube in 2010 by Nina Paley (The hardest working animator on planet earth) for QUESTION COPYRIGHT. It is a wonderful, joyous, energetic work that illustrates how all creative work builds on what came before. Photographed and animated by Nina Paley. Music by Todd Michaelsen. Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of […]
Carisha is an athletic, swedish-looking model who exudes an innocence and flair for fun that is obvious in her modeling work. Here in these photos, Carisha strikes poses that suggest she’s fishing for something. These are great reference shots for poses that are at least natural.
I found photographer Stefan Soell’s work on a nude model website. These shots taken at a riverside location present this beautiful, athletic model against the lovely views of this location. All are wonderful references for drawing the Nude.
I found this model online and was struck not only by her lean, muscular body, but also by her sense of self, as reflected in the confident, athletic poses she presents to us. Here’s ten images that are sure to inspire a Great Nude from one of you artists!
Lake Bell is a successful model and up-and-coming actress who has graced many fashion magazines and played noteworthy supporting roles in some recent popular films. But her appearance on the cover of New York Magazine during #FashionWeek was an attention grabbing role. Bell posed for the cover shoot in nothing more than a temporary tattoo […]
One of our favorite models in a series of flat reclining poses. Resting on a warm-yellow wooden floor, under a bright sunlamp, our model catches reflected light and displays a wonderful range of undulating shadows. These strong contrasts of light and color are always a challenge to the artist drawing from Life. In the video […]
TheGreatNude presented Sketch Sessions to the public at the Contemporary Art Fair NYC, held at the Jacob Javits Center, Oct. 19, 20 and 21, 2012. Liliana, a well-known Life-Model here in New York City’s figurative arts schools was one of the model posing for us that weekend. This video gives an overview to the fair […]
Mia was a wonderful model who worked for TheGreatNude a number of times, at our studio Sketch Sessions and at some of our live, and very public events. Here’s a collection of images from over the years. Thanks, Mia!
Here’s a great set of photos of the model Susann playing ‘Eve, the Apple-Picker” at an apple orchard location. These shots are wholesome and fun, and great references for drawing the nude female model in “normal” situations.
Here’s a great set of reference photos featuring a trim model with etherial qualities striking a series of “floating” poses. One can almost imagine this model as an angel or a figure in one of the Pre-Rafaelites’ paintings. Let us see your work!
Carisha is a tall, blonde, wholesome, athletic model who is playful with her poses. Here, she uses these railroad tracks as her props. All are wonderful references for drawing the Nude.
In the early days of TheGreatNude’s publication, we began producing “Sketch Sessions” featuring models and guest artists at our studio in Hell’s Kitchen. Guest artists would offer tips for drawing the nude. We produced everything inside a 8′ x 15′ space.
Here are some silhouette photos from a live Sketch Event presented by the Zoppa Brothers. Below are sketches produced by artist/publisher Jeffrey Wiener.
Artist Statement: To me art is a very personal thing. It’s all about visual communication between the artist and the viewer. If a piece of art moves you and speaks to you it is a great painting no matter the medium or style. If it makes you want to take it into your life […]
Artist Statement: Out of a dynamic and fluid background, I create a figure captured in a single moment of time. My most expressive works are those of my love. Our love is always evolving, each painting is an expression of our love at a particular moment. Biography: Born in 1960 in Montreal, L’OR discovered the pleasure […]
Artist Statement: It would be difficult to categorize my work according to a specific genre, style, or even theme – a subject intrinsically demands its own form of artistic expression. I have found that combining different art forms allows for the creation of a more complex visual language. My starting point is usually figurative […]
Artist Statement: The Dreamscapes Series were inspired by my travels to the Mediterranean coastal towns of Spain. I found that photographing in the impressionistic style causes the viewer to see the entire image with its palette of colors, form & light creating a mood, an emotion. My camera becomes my paintbrush, my instrument to convey […]
Artist Statement: I am captivated and drawn to the human form, the glow and spirit that comes from within. To capture this on larger than life canvases, feels to me, as an intimate and sensual merging of empathy and paint. The human presence stripped bare of pretense and accouterments is simply alive, revealing a deeply personal identity, present […]
Artist Statement: The common thread through out my work is my fascination with the figure; it’s timeless, beautiful and powerful. Additional inspiration comes from a variety of sources ranging from the old masters to modern day advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is to combine these elements, along with my own imagination into a […]
Artist Statement: As an Artist, I am constantly searching for ways to express my deeper observations on humanity. It’s that simple. Sometimes, I pack my largest thoughts into a complicated image. Sometimes, I focus on how beautiful we are as a species in a simple drawing of a nude figure. I have developed several “bodies” […]
Artist Statement: Always Somebody Moving. My imagery is the visual terminus of a much longer method, and perhaps its extra-visual meaning is to be found in the archeology of its making. Driven by a desire to first experience as manifest reality the symbolic content, my process starts with performances where my models and I make […]
Artist Statement: I count myself among a growing number of painters addressing the resurgent interest in the nude as motif. My approach is visceral, fluid, and direct. It is the formal character of painting that I am interested in, the composition, form and quality of color. Working from life with a wide array of […]
Artist Statement: I am a contemporary figurative artist working in the classical tradition of oil painting. I use narrative structures like allegory and myth to explore meaning in our common experience. I create images to evoke our spiritual human presence and emotional connection through art. The nude is my primary subject, and is to […]