What makes for a good figure drawing pose?

In all the drawing groups I attend, there is a common challenge: good poses. I’d like to hear from artists, models and collectors on what you think makes for a good pose, specifically for figure drawing groups as opposed to photography.

We all want interesting poses, even if it’s a classical statuesque pose. The model has to be able to hold still for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes (with brief stretches as necessary), so there are practical physical limitations. What is it that clicks or triggers creativity? There are many different answers, but to start the conversation, here are a couple of mine:

  • I like dynamic poses with twists and diagonal lines.
  • I like poses that show emotion (face and/or body).

About shungaboy

Gay male artist, NYC
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One Response to What makes for a good figure drawing pose?

  1. aguywithoutboxers says:

    As one who has modeled nude in the past, I’m uncertain as to what is “good” or not. I’m the subject, not the artist! Good post. It’ll be interesting to see what the artists think, though. Nice post! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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