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Nudes Gallery


'Nudes Gallery' is a series of drawings & paintings involving years of  'life drawing' studies of nude female and male models. NOTE * THIS BLOG PAGE SHOWS an artist's interpretation of NUDITY. *




The nude has always been a favorite topic for me to paint and draw. The nude body offers many challenges with its subtle complexities and unique movements that each muse undresses before our eyes. 


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2018 Waterlily Nude Dance Watercolour, pastel & hand-stitching with Scottish Flax Thread by Minaz Jantz
2018 Waterlily Nude Dance
Watercolour, pastel & hand-stitching with Scottish Flax Thread
by Minaz Jantz

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Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Melanie
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Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Ona
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Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Peter
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The Purple Nude by Minaz Jantz

The Purple Nude was an oil painting created during a life drawing session. 


Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Rebecca
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An artist who captures the pose needs to move fast to build the figure in steps. Quickly, I like to use charcoal sketches for making my lines and to stay away from the details at first. Move the curvy lines and strike fast some shadows to create action and volume. I got to step back from the drawing and look at the nude at the same time to see if the marks are creating a figure that looks alive. Its magic every time when I can catch the essence of the muse. There are rhythm and purpose for every curve, nothing is random. 


Cherry Blossom Bliss by Minaz Jantz
Oil paint on 30" x 40" canvas. SOLD

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Bonnie
This life drawing became part of a 30" x 40" oil painting ABOVE.
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The professional 'life drawing' models are amazing people who find their way to our little band of desperate artists. They become our muses offering their nude bodies for us to study, stare and paint for up to 3 hours in a life drawing session. They develop an ability to stand and sit still for long periods of time so the artist has time to get all the gestures, shadows and nuances. 


Moonlight Present by Minaz Jantz
Oil Painting on 30" x 40" canvas (sadly destroyed).

The best models it seems are those who practice YOGA and develop an ability to have body recall with their body positioning so when they need to take a break, they can come back to the very same position. This ability is what makes a professional nude model worth every dime! It is VERY important for the continuity of the original lines and gestures made by the artist in developing the drawing. 


Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Devon
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Chic Power by Minaz Jantz
Charcoal & acrylic wash on mahogany wood panel 9" x 12"

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Bonnie
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Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model ????
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Many models enjoy music in the background and some models bring their own music while they are moving around for lively poses and setting the mood. It is an awesome experience to draw and paint the human figure LIVE!


Reveal by Minaz Jantz
Pastel, Ink, Fabric Trim, Gold Ink, Tissue, Beads SOLD

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Bonnie
This life drawing of Bonnie was put into a multi-media painting ABOVE.
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The best nude models are booked in advance by art studios & schools and every artist who has drawn from their favorite muse wants to have the best spot in the drawing-room. 


Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Peter
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Art studios will offer group drawing for a small fee but it can be brutal competition to find the best spot in the studio room so get there early. BUT even with getting there early, is always a surprise what view you might get when the model shows his behind to you! Its when you say to SELF, I am here to study shapes and make them believable so get over it!


Contemplating Nude by Minaz Jantz
Pastel on Canson Pastel Paper 9" x 12" SOLD

Painting solely from photography can be a trap, losing some of the nuisances that express each unique body. The lighting is never right with photography showing the skin too light and shadows are too dark which flattens the figure. Nothing is like drawing or painting from 'live' nudes. 




Jesters Fancy by Minaz Jantz
Acrylic Painting on Canvas with gold foil. SOLD

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model ????
This life drawing was used as a symbolic torso in
a series of paintings BELOW.

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Narcissism Envy by Minaz Jantz
Oil on gesso W/C paper, foils, pastel, micaceous medium. SOLD

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Devon
This life drawing was used in the multi-media painting BELOW.
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Novelty Nudes in the Mirror by Minaz Jantz
Oil on gesso W/C paper, foils, pastel, micaceous medium. SOLD

Its an amazing experience for any artist to take some time out from their regular routines and find a place that offers 'Life Drawing' and enlighten one's observational skills. 


Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Rebecca
This life drawing was used in the multi-media painting BELOW.
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Oil on gesso W/C paper, foils, pastel, micaceous medium. SOLD
Oil on gesso W/C paper, foils, pastel, micaceous medium. SOLD

Martini Eclectic by Minaz Jantz
Oil on Canvas SOLD



When artists have a life drawing session with the professional nude, it will be about 3 hours in duration which the nude will warm up with 5 to 15-minute poses and with the last one to be 30 minutes. I work in charcoal and conte as it moves about painterly and can capture quickly the gesture lines, adding the varying thickness of lines and smudges suggesting shadow with soft edges.

Life Drawing by Minaz Jantz Model Melanie
This life drawing was used in a pastel painting BELOW.
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Tiger Lily Lust by Minaz Jantz
Pastel on Canson Pastel paper, SOLD

Nude Jazz by Minaz Jantz
Scratch Clay Board, oil pastel, SOLD

Tea Pot Genie by Minaz Jantz
Acrylic, Ink & Foil, SOLD
ZZZZZebra Magic by Minaz Jantz
Acrylic on Canvas, SOLD


May you enjoy the beauty of the nude, Minaz

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