News

Fundraising Life Drawing Events

Hi everyone

A concern has come to our attention that we wanted to share with you.

In the current climate, with the war in Ukraine, and the floods in NSW and QLD, there are a lot of people out there trying to do what they can to raise money for relief efforts. This is to be commended, however people can engage entirely in good faith and still have serious issues.

The concern we had is that there are operators out there who will use these situations to their own advantage. If you are approached to participate in a fundraising activity, please ensure you do your due diligence before accepting the job.

It is also possible you will be asked to perform or work or provide rights to publish or share existing photos or artwork for no pay as part of this arrangement. While you are welcome to accept an unpaying gig for charitable purposes, we recommend strongly that you are highly cautious of these gigs, especially when they are online.

As with all modelling jobs, the other LMS working conditions still apply for gratis jobs, and as with photography jobs, a model release is needed to ensure that the photographs are only used in a manner to which you agree.

Gigs where cryptocurrency or NFTS are involved in any capacity are particularly insecure, as the platforms are vulnerable to hacking.

If you have any questions about fundraising activities you have been approached about, please contact the committee, or Posey Corps to discuss.

The Committee

Classical vs Sexy posing

The Committee has recently received a number of queries regarding types of posing that could be called sexy, explicit, or erotic. 

Some models may have been told that sexy, explicit, erotic posing is more fun, or will get them more work. We understand that this being taught by another Melbourne based business who run modelling workshops (which is not associated with us and we will not name here). Further to this, we would add that posing in underwear is sexualised in a way that posing nude is not. 

We are diverse and come from a wide range of cultural understandings and experiences of nudity. If we want life modelling to be available to a diverse range of people that means keeping the understanding of what it is ‘standard’ so people can judge if the service they are hiring is culturally safe for the group and for the model.

We received an email from a group who had hired a number of models who had posed in a sexy way that made the group uncomfortable. The group asked for advice on how to respond to this; how to tell models not to pose in this way.

Sexualised posing is not appropriate for a standard life modelling job. This includes anything that is heavily genital focussed, or provocative in any way. We don’t mean to suggest that open leg poses are always out, however some poses will ‘present’ the genitals, while others are more sculptural.

The committee is bringing this to your attention for a couple of reasons, but the main one is CONSENT. Sexy/explicit/erotic/boudoir etc. are all valid forms of expression, but this type of posing:

  • must be negotiated in advance and agreed to by all parties
  • is more akin to sex work than life modelling, and has different responsibilities and considerations, and may include additional risks
  • should attract a significantly higher fee, starting at $150/hr.

By engaging in sexy posing without having had very clear conversations about this, a model may be exposing the artists to something they may not have agreed to see. This is especially problematic in educational settings, where you might have had to fight hard to have a model at all.

If you are okay with sexy posing, but are still paying the standard fee, you are undercutting sex workers who do this for a living, and you are setting up an expectation that other life models will do the same for the standard fee, which is not an expectation that is to be encouraged. All LMS members have been advised that sexy posing is an additional service and that it is to be negotiated ahead of time, that it attracts a significantly higher fee and is not something they are to agree to unless they are confident.

If you engage a model who is posing inappropriately for your group, we encourage you to have a quiet word to them about posing in a more classical way. We also encourage you to send this feedback to the Committee, via poseycorps@gmail.com

Hen’s & Buck’s Events

A related topic has been working for hen’s or buck’s events. The Committee regularly receives requests from non-susbcribers relating to hen’s or buck’s events, and generally will refer them on to specific models who are also experienced in this area.

Bookings for hen’s and buck’s events are not the same as usual life-drawing. Most of the time, there will be quantities of alcohol, as well as a vaguely (or wildly) titillating atmosphere. People attending these events are unlikely to have been to life-drawing events in the past and are less likely to be familiar with the etiquette of modelling, especially with regard to making personal comments and taking photos (see also use of alcohol). 

For this reason, hen’s and buck’s events are more expensive for the hirer and more work for the model. We understand the standard fee starts at $150/hr for this kind of work also. 

Modelling in underwear

Modelling in underwear is not standard life-modelling. The Committee generally discourage modelling in underwear because, as mentioned, it can be seen as erotic and contributes to scandalising the genitals. If you have not been able to get agreement to have the model pose fully nude, we recommend requesting poses in a bathing costume, bikini, gym wear or other form fitting clothing.

If you require clothed poses of any form, including costume, this must be negotiation beforehand, not least because the model may not be wearing suitable garments to pose in. Models may request an additional fee to pose in costumes. 

Minimum Fees and Travel Costs

Changes to Minimum fees

The Committee advises that as of 1 July 2022, the minimum rate for drawing be increased to $45.00/hr, for at least two hours, and the minimum rate for reference photography be increased to $85.00/hr, for at least two hours.

The last update to model fees was 1 July 2019, generally fees will increase every two years.

Choose one of the following options:
For jobs which require over 90min total travel time (round trip) the LMS recommends the model be paid half hourly rate for all travel time.
OR
For jobs more the 100km (round trip) from the models home the LMS recommends the model be paid at the Australian Tax Office kilometre reimbursement rate for the entire distance.

Time and kilometres are both based on driving time. Models using public transport only are encouraged to charge based on driving time/distance.

Generally speaking, the kilometre reimbursement will be a higher cost than the time reimbursement. It is up to the models’ discretion which is the more reasonable fee to charge.

CANCELLED LMS Summer Life-Drawing Salons

We’re back in person with our Summer Life-Drawing Salons

January 8-17 2022, two sessions each day

Morning 10:30am – 1:00pm (short poses)
Afternoon 1:30pm – 4:00pm (long pose)

Hosted at Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill

Tickets are available online here.

Email us for discounts available for bulk purchases

Attendees must provide proof of vaccination (or valid exemption) to enter this venue.

LIFE DRAWING EXTRAVAGANZA

Six models in one afternoon

Presented by Hawthorn Artist Society and the Life Models’ Society.

Saturday 11 December, 2 – 4.30pm

The Basement, 360 Burwood Road,
Hawthorn, VIC, 3122

Featuring models: Adam, Isha, Sarma, Paul S and John Mc.

Bring your own materials; our easels and boards available as usual.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend. Booking through Hawthorn Artist Society website.

November Extravaganza Cancelled

The Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person LMS Extravaganza for 14 November 2021.

Despite Victorian goverment restrictions easing, COVD-19 case numbers are still concerningly high, and the committee is loathe to host an event in the current climate.

We are planning to hold out in person LMS Salons life-drawing sessions in January, 2022 for fully vaccinated people (as per venue vaccination policy). Tickets for the salons are available here.

12-hour Draw-a-thon Online

We are excited to offer you 12 hours of non-stop drawing! Or painting! Or sculpting!

Here’s what you get:
2 hours of life drawing per session with 4 professional and experienced models over the 12 hours.

  • Structured drawing tutorials, games and challenges with cool prizes
  • meet people from all over the world
  • create from the comfort of your own home via zoom
  • take breaks when you want
  • join us for one 3-hour session or all of them.

The life modelling component is comprised of short to long poses and are untutored.

The drawing activities have been designed by a professional tertiary educator especially for online classes, and are tailored for experienced artists and newcomers alike.

This is a friendly and low pressure environment and we welcome all equally. Have fun, learn some new skills, win prizes!

Session 1 and 4 suitable for ages 16 and over.
Session 2 and 3 suitable for ages 10 and over. Younger children may attend if supervised by an adult.

Here is a rundown of the sessions
Please note: times are AEST. If you are not in Australia, we recommend using https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ to calculate your local times.

Session 1
9:00am – 9:30am – intro + drawing activity
9:30am – 11:30am – nude model Julia
11:30am – 12:00pm – drawing activity

Session 2
12:00pm -12:30pm – intro + drawing activity
12:30pm – 2:30pm – costumed model Tijana
2:30pm – 3:00pm – drawing activity

Session 3
3:00pm – 3:30pm – intro + drawing activity
3:30pm – 5:30pm – portrait of model Michaela (clothed)
5:30pm – 6:00pm – drawing activity

Session 4
6:00pm – 6:30pm – intro + drawing activity
6:30pm – 8:30pm – nude model Richard
8:30pm – 9:00pm – activity and closing ceremony

Art materials are not supplied.

Tickets available: https://www.trybooking.com/BTTPK

Screenshots or photos of the model are strictly forbidden. By purchasing a ticket you agree not to take screenshots or photos.

Life Drawing Online

The LMS Committee will be running Zoom Life Drawing sessions while Melbourne is in lockdown.

All artists are welcome to attend, feel free to pass these sessions on to your networks.

The session is suitable for all ages 16 and over. Materials not provided.

Sunday 26 October – with model TBC
TIME
2:00pm – 4:00pm (AEDT)

Prices are $18.00 full, $15.00 concession, $30.00 household (two or more artists using the same screen)
Tickets and dates for upcoming sessions are available from: www.trybooking.com/eventlist/lifemodelssociety 

LMS Models are entitled to a discount please email us for details. 

We can also provide custom sessions to your life drawing group at your convenience. If you are interested to engage our models and moderators or instructors please email us for rates.

Expected behaviour while attending a life drawing session

Do not comment on a model’s body
It is highly inappropriate to use objectifying language around a model’s physical appearance or gender presentation. If you would like to express your gratitude to a model, do not do so by complimenting their body. Instead, thank them for their time or tell them what you enjoy about their work. For example:

DON’T SAY

“You have a beautiful body.”

“Wow, you look great, have you
lost weight?”
“I much prefer to draw models
like you with a few curves, you
look like a real woman.”

“Are you a man or a woman?”

INSTEAD, TRY

“Your poses are so
challenging/elegant/fun.”

Never comment on weight.
“I enjoy drawing you because
you’re so expressive/
still/professional.”

“Hi, my pronouns are [she/her,
he/him, they/them, etc.].
What are your pronouns?” *

*Pronouns are widely used in place of a person’s name in a sentence, eg. “Drew is our model for today, they are a member of the Life Models’ Society”. Some of our models, much like the general population, are transgender or gender diverse. We encourage you to introduce yourself with your pronouns, ask the model what theirs are, and then refer to them by the pronouns they state. It is impolite to refer to someone by the wrong pronoun

Never touch the model or approach when they are posing
It is never appropriate to touch a model. When placing tape or charcoal markings
around the model as reference points for a long pose, care must be taken to avoid
contact with the model’s body, and we recommend that the markings are placed by an artist of the same gender as the model. Consent must be gained before approaching.
Please also refrain from walking around the room while the model is posing, as it is
disconcerting to have people moving around, especially behind you, and can create
uncomfortable draughts.

No photography
Unless explicitly agreed upon prior and paid appropriately, it is not okay to photograph the model, whether clothed or nude. Do not take photos of your work until the model is out of their pose, robed, and outside of the photo boundaries.

Be courteous, kind & professional
Models and artists alike are human beings. A model is not a mannequin to be contorted in any which way, and no two models can perform exactly the same. Being a Life Model is a difficult job, and is heavily influenced by how safe, energetic, creative, and comfortable the model feels in the class. Whatever you can do to create a sense of safety, comfort and professionalism is appreciated. As with any other
professional service, keep interactions courteous, without being overly familiar.

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