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    how long do models sit for during a class?

    those of you who take a figure drawing class, how long does your instructor make the model sit for when you are doing a fairly detailed drawing with shading, etc.?

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    As long as needed, as long as the model gets sufficient breaks to rest. We've drawn poses from five minutes to 10 or so hours (which spanned to two sessions). I think two and four hours were average long poses with us.

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    Varies depending on the class/session...

    Typical life drawing sessions have a range, usually starting with short poses (1 - 2 minutes or less than a minute) then going into medium length poses (5 - 10 minutes) and then longer poses (usually 20 minutes, maybe 30 or 40 minutes.)

    Some sessions have hour-long poses. In classes that focus on super-finished drawings, there could be multi-hour poses (four hours seems to be the average max time for a pose that I've heard of, though it could go longer. I had a sculpture class once where the pose ran into several days.) Multi-hour poses usually have breaks for the model periodically.

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    What they said.

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    Like the others have said, most start off with gestures and move into 15 minute, 30 minute, and maybe hour-long poses.

    I just want to add that some classes are specifically aimed at long poses (and indeed, it'll be hard to find a live model holding a long pose elsewhere; most colleges' open figure drawing nights follow the above pattern of gestures and medium-length poses). In these long pose figure drawing classes, the model might hold the same pose, or maybe vary between two poses, for the entire length of the course (so 20 or 30 hours, by the end?). These are great for practicing good rendering and getting some portfolio pieces, but you want to be quite confident with proportion, process, gesture, etc first.

    You said figure drawing, but just to mention it, figure painting classes tend to hold poses longer as well. As they would have to, since using color with oils takes a little longer than black and white charcoal (generally speaking!). You might still start with gestures or quick paintings before moving into a slow, polished work, though.


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    most figure drawing classes won't have poses longer than 30 minutes or maybe an hour.
    "Long-pose" figure drawing (they'll have some special name) and figure painting classes tend to have longer poses.

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    anywhere from continuous, slow movement to 30+ hours.

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    Twenty minute sittings, with a five minute break between each one, and longer breaks every few hours, are standard. Some models are comfortable holding a pose for longer stretches, but pushing it past 30-40 minutes without a break is incredibly rare.


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    thanks everyone, this helps me a lot.

    I especially like your reply JesseM, very specific

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