When I first began modelling as a teenager I didn’t think much beyond doing the best job I could for the artists I was working with. When I became Northern Ireland’s only full time professional life model I was shocked at the often appalling service being labeled as ‘life modelling’ that some groups & artists were putting up with. On occasion I have also experienced some groups with little knowledge of how to work with a model & in 2012 I turned my attention to improving life modeling, & life drawing classes, in Ireland.
Having spent years as a professional trainer and mentor, developing, delivering and assessing classes, I developed an intensive training programme for aspiring life models covering all of the aspects of life modeling & is accessible by individuals wanting to model or in combination with sessions for artists, tutors & venue operators wishing to run or host life drawing classes.
I continue to develop & extend my skills as a life model & by training others to improve their skill levels I know I can help can make Northern Ireland a centre of excellence for life modeling, drawing & other figurative works.
Of course ‘No Man is an Island’, the best outcome of training is having trained models I can call on afterwards knowing that they will do an excellent modelling job. Richard & Jim have both successfully completed intensive Life Modelling Training with me & Jim continues to be in contact for further professional development & ongoing peer support. As a professional tutor I occasionally run workshop myself & call on Richard or Jim to model for me, or if someone comes to me with a late booking that I am too busy for, it is wonderful to be able to pass that on to Richard & Jim knowing they will do a great job.
Here is a little more about Jim in his own words & in the images from sessions Jim has worked in and images from a former female model who has since retired. In 2017 I will be running workshops with Jim so get in touch to register your interest in attending. A big thank you to the artists who contribute images, as always.
Completing training with Clare with his debut in Blick Studios, Jim has also participated in brief clothed poses at the Art College. Training included a range of poses & with a high level of fitness gained from outdoor pursuits, Jim has considerable stamina in for example, holding longer standing poses.
Very good, perfectly still, great pose, 4 hours Crescent.
Very good – nice pose!
4 hour life class – Crescent, Perfect model, poise ,position – everything.
Thank you very much.
Brilliant model – so still!
Good dynamic poses, good hand movements. Overall good variety of poses. Very good at long hold poses & very friendly 🙂
Posture and holding the pose are only an element of life modelling, Clare manages to evoke a narrative too. Truly professional and supportive of the requirements of an artist.
A True professional Clare did an amazing Job posing all day at the Sea Bangor event. several thousand people from all ages attended, that and the sound of two hurricane fighter jets doing a fly by Clare remaind composed whilst the artist (me) ducked with the sound ..claire never moved. I cant recommend her enough she manages to hold not only the pose but capture the narrative of the theme. Brilliant.
Clare is a highly professional model and a pleasure to work with. She is very reliable and concientious and is always pleasant.