Artist and Art Student

Clare Broome, Northern Ireland’s only full-time and professional life model discusses the importance to the artist and art student, of working with a professional life model.

“I don’t know if I can convey the postman as I feel him … Unfortunately he cannot pose, and a painting demands an intelligent model.”
Vincent van Gogh, 1888

A professional life model is, by innate feeling and studied practice, a complement to the professional artist and art student wishing to advance their skills, understanding and mastery of the human figure.

A professional life model has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assist and inspire both the artist and art student alike. Here Clare is drawn by Conor Fleck

A professional life model has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assist and inspire both the artist and art student alike. Here Clare is drawn by Conor Fleck

 

Any artist who wishes to work well must trust the people, equipment and materials around them to also perform their work well. A paint which refuses to mix, an easel that does not stand up, a framer who cannot frame a work or a gallery owner who is unsure of how to run a gallery – any one can frustrate and impede the creative work of the artist and art student alike.

A life model need not be a person of unearthly beauty – their purpose is to be real, present, a muse and an aide to the artist and art student. Many online pose tools exist and of course we are surrounded by the human form in print and in real life – so what marks out a professional life model?

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh. The effect that they make in space is as bound up with them as might be their colour or smell … Therefore the painter must be as concerned with the air surrounding his subject as with the subject itself. It is through observation and perception of atmosphere that he can register the feeling that he wishes his painting to give out.”
Lucien Freud, 1954.

A professional life model possesses an innate sense of self – not only a spatial sense of their human form, how it can be arranged and an ability to visualise a pose from every angle – but a real sense of who they are, a presence that is palpable to the artist.

The functional essentials of life modeling should not require mentioning – the ability to stay still, to time poses correctly, to maintain and develop the range of poses varying in length and complexity, to have an understanding of the nature of the work whether in a private studio, group or classroom – these things are the very basics and should be mandatory for anyone stepping forward to model.

Throughout the website you will see a number of specialized sections – this is also true of Art – it is very much a multifaceted discipline. I work with the tutor, artist and art student all within their own genre or specialist media in order to maximise the value to their work. For example, knowing what makes a pose work well for sculptors, being able to maintain and retake longer poses for those working in oils, providing costuming for those who prefer clothed figures and being able to withstand lower temperatures for those who may which to work the figure ‘en plein air’.

Clare is photographed here  by Gerry Coe, documenting a specialised costumed session for NMNI with Bill Gatt. The costuming is important in the context of the surroundings - and so are the poses

Clare is photographed here by Gerry Coe, documenting a specialised costumed session for NMNI with Bill Gatt. The costuming is important in the context of the surroundings – and so are the poses

 

As a qualified and experienced tutor I have developed, delivered and assessed training programmes – and continue to do so – these skills and experience mean I can relate to art classes, the tutors, students and management. I have also undertaken to train those who wish to life model for artists. Creating a pool of well-trained life models who can respond to the artist and art student in a professional manner has never before been done in Northern Ireland or Eire. I have made it  both a personal and professional mission to raise the standard of modelling across the island of Ireland and to raise the expectations of the artist and art student, tutors, teachers, art centres and, indeed, the general public, so that they never have to be hampered by inadequate amateurs when they are paying for a professional service or class.

Please contact me to discuss your needs as I have a range of modelling available e.g.

  • Life drawing for artists, all media whether 121 or in a group
  • Art classes & community groups
  • School aged students both under 16 (clothed) & over 16 (unclothed)
  • Tutored, Untutored or Managed (without tutor but run by the model)
  • Professional equipment, materials and texts
  • Life (unclothed), Clothed, Costumed and Portraiture
  • Specialised tailored sessions for your subject e.g Animation, Architecture, Anatomy, Fashion Illustration
  • Commissions – if you wish to commission a painting of me by a specific artist or in a specific outfit or pose
  • Substitution – if you wish a painting of yourself but only wish to sit for the final facial portion, I can body double for you for the rest of the painting
Working drawing of Clare from Life Drawing for Animation at UU. Here you can see the joint markers developed by Clare & Michael Bass for use in classes. These and other innovations are typical of tailored sessions with Clare and indicative of her professional and forward thinking approach.

Working drawing of Clare from Life Drawing for Animation at UU. Here you can see the joint markers developed by Clare & Michael Bass for use in classes. These and other innovations are typical of tailored sessions with Clare and indicative of her professional and forward thinking approach.

 

For more information please visit the Services page.

St Mary’s Teaching College, Belfast encourages life drawing within its campus, recognising the importance of life drawing to teaching and the study of Art. Students planning to go on to an Art college will require some life drawing pieces within their portfolio. Basic knowledge of life drawing, and some experience of it, is expected at many colleges. Measuring, tone, mark making and foreshortening are all important aspects learnt within life drawing. I also provide specialist modelling for the Animation Dept at University of Ulster who believe any student wishing to enrol with them should have experience in working with a professional life model. If you have any questions please do get in touch