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Art Models – Photos for Figure Drawing

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Just create a login then go to the Library to download Jenni026 and Jesse003.

It's a great way to see how the site works and what you can do with Art Models Poses. Includes 48 photos.

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Poses for figure drawing & portrait drawing. Choose your view.

When you buy a pose, what can you do with it? This demo shows how 5 of our Poses were used for portrait drawing and full figure drawing. Notice how the photos can be zoomed in and out for details. Plus, interesting angles can be chosen to get the view you want, like the first Pose—Adhira in profile. Models: Adhira, Joe, Edison, Ayame, Thea
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By Jane Shanahan
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By Tim Skinner. We bought this sculpture.

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Maybe you want to sell it; add it to your portfolio; share it online; display it in your home, office, museum, or gallery. You are free to do whatever you want with art created from our photos.

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The Pose Tool has been replaced with a faster, more modern, more mobile friendly version. If you like it, let us know. If you don't like it, let us know :). For now, the old version is still available.


  • Now most things happen without reloading the page from the server.
  • Photos are loaded only as needed rather than all at once.
  • After doing a searching, sorting happens in your browser without having to talk to the server, which makes things faster.

Mobile friendly

  • The display scales all the way down to the size of the old iPhone (we've tried it) or as big as a high resolution computer monitor.
  • Contact sheets have been replaced with individual photos that will fit themselves to your screen size.
  • Buttons have been made bigger and spaced out further. Text is generally bigger and more modern.

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  • "My Lists" have been added so you can take actions on groups of things, making it faster and easier to work with multiple poses.
  • You can also see all the poses you own and all your Favorites in the My Lists section.
  • Search and sorting options have been expanded to give more options, but separated to make them easier to understand.
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Please check out the new version and let us know what you think. For example

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If you do try out the new Pose Tool, how about taking a screen capture and sending it to us? It would be great to see how it looks on a variety of devices.

View Poses Without Downloading

This simple online viewer will let you view all the photos in all the poses you own without having to download them first. This video gives a demo.

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Cath in Pastel

See how this photo was used as a reference to create a pastel portrait.

CatH Portrait
CatH Portrait

Visit Michael Shackelton's Youtube channel to see many more.

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Choose Your View

artwork by Kjetil Hansen has Reference Photos for Figure Artists and it's Free to Browse so . . .

Why Buy a Pose?

Choose your view: You get all the views in high resolution, which lets you choose the one you like best and zoom in for details. Or use multiple views—like Kjetil Hansen did in this artwork—and reference them again and again; all for just $5.99 (or less) per Pose.

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Ginger in a sitting pose.
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The nude female and male figure in art poses

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About Live Model Books

Live Model Books serves artists, illustrators, and anyone who needs a human figure reference with high-quality full-color photos of the figure in 360-degree rotation. Our books, disks, and downloads make it easy for artists to get just the pose they want, exactly when they want it and at an affordable price.

Through our Art Models project, we seek to help people further their understanding of the human form by providing quality reference material that can be studied at length and in close-up detail.

One of the ways we do that is through the use of lighting, studio space and camera settings designed to create images of the human form that comes as close as possible to what you would see if you were standing in the studio with the models. Another is by providing a variety of formats that make the images both affordable and convenient—no matter how you choose to work.

The human figure is a challenging subject. It is a complex form of light and shadow, with subtle variations in color and texture, possessing both complex angles and smooth curves and all interacting in an endless variety of configurations. That is challenging enough but for many people learning the figure is complicated even more by social taboos that make it difficult to find nude art models to study. This fact makes an already challenging subject even more difficult. That is a problem we wish to solve and, as a result, we hope to encourage more and better figurative art.

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