Book Review: The Art Model’s Handbook, the Naked Truth About Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists, by Andrew Cahner
Andrew Cahner spent years as an artist’s model before penning The Art Model’s Handbook, and it shows. This is an excellent book for the curious or inexperienced, through the accomplished model, artist, instructor, and those trying to work with models.
Cahner explains what nude models must bring to the job, both mentally, physically, and in terms of supplies and back up. He then details what a gesture pose is, what it takes to hold longer poses, and how a figure class works. Advice about how to find work is excellent, as is the section about security and proper behavior for all parties.
He interviews models, photographers, artists, school booking personnel, and interjects his own experience and wisdom, for a 140-page “not too heavy and not too light” eye opener. Andrew is asking those who hire models to understand what they are offering, how they prepare, and how they wish to be treated. He is also suggesting to models how they might all improve their reputations, with helpful advice even non-nude models should know.
The book is available for $16.95 on Amazon.com, and more information can be found at www.artmodelbook.com.