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Nude Drawings & Muse Reflections

 Nude is natural beauty. Naked is vulnerable and exposed.

Nothing like the real thing... a LIVE nude in the middle of a room, enticing tice curvaceous lines into action with a stick of charcoal on newsprint! 


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Drawing 'life nudes' is an important tradition of an artists' learning curve developing observational skills with techniques. Drawing in a group could be the toughest challenges but think it to be the most profound experience for anyone beginner to professional to shiver at the challenge of a nude in the room! I recommend that anyone embarking on an art career, no matter what STYLE or medium you work, everyone should embrace the challenge of a LIVE nude. 


We, the artists see the nude but are exposed and NAKED in how well we express it! May you enjoy all my NUDE drawings and be inspired to draw or just to appreciate the nude as a muse!

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Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Drawing a figure from a photograph is frozen in time. It doesn't show all the goodie bits hiding in the shadows and light blasts out the skin texture, blanks out subtle reflections that grace the unique skin tones. Photography gives little feedback energetically from the muse. 


Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model Bonnie

Drawing from LIFE is the most important step. BEING in the moment, right there before our eyes and easel, the nude model emanates their personality to which the observing artists try to capture in their drawings. A perfect rendering may be beautiful in its execution but find a drawing that expresses the nude with just a few lines expertly is a master.


Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model ????


Old pencil portrait  from a photograph.
Old pencil portrait
from a photograph.
Like most people who start out in a drawing, I used photographs to draw. Its a great boost to the ego when you first start out drawing and people say to you with their optimistic responses, that your portrait looks just like the photograph. 

I wanted more from my art-making process then to rely on the photograph. Don't get me wrong, I love photography and come handy for references, but I was aiming to paint mind-scapes using my own imagination. An artist develops a skilled eye for SEEING more than what a photograph communicates.


Robert Genn in his custom designed,  plein air painting boat THE MACKENZIE.
Robert Genn in his custom-designed,
Plein air painting boat THE MACKENZIE.
R.I.P. Robert passed away in 1936- 2014.
Starting out with my painting journey I had developed an artistic friendship with Robert Genn. He is an international well-known landscape artist living in Crescent Beach, British Columbia. Read here to view Robert Genn's paintings.

While Robert liked my fresh approach to painting figures with lots of colorful imaginary nudes, he did say to me,  it was time to study and work from real nudes. I laughed with him saying how I have been trying to get friends to pose naked for me and was not having my way! Robert offered me the opportunity to join in a private drawing group with professional artists in the lower mainland of BC. Intimidating as it was for me to be in a room with experienced artists, WOW, I was blown away by the experience and was HOOKED to do more life drawings of nudes. 


Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model ????
Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model ????




Nude Drawing by Minaz Jantz. Model Bonnie

Checking around the Lower Mainland, I discovered there were several non-instructional groups that hired professional life nudes and for about $15.00 drop-in fee or for a better deal buy 10 sessions. I attended various art schools, animation schools and art community groups who had a public space rented for non-instructional life drawing. 


Portable Art Case for drawing paper and surface.
Portable Art Case for drawing paper and surface.
Read more here about my favorite art tools.
Usually, there are easels offered but not always so had to check beforehand. Sometimes I would have to sit on the floor, cross-legged, as the room was full so used to bring the hard drawing case that my sister made for me, as it became my table and carrier of large pieces of newsprint. 


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Elizabeth

WHAT SUPPLIES? All you need for drawing nudes is a large sketch pad like Strathmore ACID-FREE newsprint 24"x 36" for about $10.00. I like charcoal pencils, Conte and vine charcoal for active sketching and making quick shadows. Bull Dog clips will be useful to clip the sketch pad to the drawing board for a secure surface to draw. 

The drawing room will be set up surrounding the nude which can be centered in the room so everyone will get some kind of view.  In these cases, it is possible to get a rear end aiming for your vision but at the end of a drawing session, it is all about shapes and difficult poses are actually good challenges! 

For Canada life drawing groups... go here to reference locations where life drawing groups will offer professional nudes to draw... 


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Peter


 The pace of the life drawing sessions will start off with warm-up sketches of 1-5 minutes called gesture drawings which gives us time to get our eyes & arms warmed up, get familiar with the nude in the room, and BREATH. The model can only stand or sit for a short duration on certain poses which will last 10-15 minutes and the last pose will be where the model can hold themselves relatively comfortably for 30 minutes. There are short breaks throughout the drawing sessions. Before you know it, 3 hours is GONE. 


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

In the drawing above, our model Melanie will go into a meditative state, holding her poses for long periods, sitting very still but one day in this above drawing, we had to say to her that her legs are turning purple and to take a break!  


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

It's not EASY to hold positions or even sit still. I found true for many pro models, that they take up YOGA and meditation so they can perform the pose.  


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Bonnie

The nude model at times will bring in props, clothing, and even music to set the mood. Sometimes the drawing group makes requests for certain poses and supply the model with items such as long poles to help them hold a more active stance. 


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Rachel

You do not have any control of what nude shows up in these ' pay as you go' groups. It's good to draw all body types and ages including male and female nudes.


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

 I moved into Vancouver city center and was living in a work/live loft and had a great space to organize a private drawing group with a few other artists. I was so happy to be able to hire some favorite pro nudes I met during the art school drawing groups. The going rate to hire a pro-nude was $25.00 an hour and had to book 3 hours minimum. I gathered a few others interesting in drawing from the nudes and split the cost. Much more relaxing atmosphere for all of us and no bad spots!

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Bonnie

The models enjoyed coming to a nice LOFT with an intimate group of artists and so they would recommend us to other models. The models will have other jobs usually so getting one for our own time slot did prove to be tough at times. We enjoyed breaking in new models who were just getting into the circuit hired by art schools, photography schools, and private drawing groups.

 To read and view more about how some of the drawings that became final paintings...go here.


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Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Leroy


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Bonnie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Devon

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Devon

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Jamie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Peter

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Peter

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Jim

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Peter

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Ona

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Ona

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Ona

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Ona

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Rebecca

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Rebecca

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Rebecca

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Rebecca

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Devon

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie

Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model Melanie


Matisse has always been one of my favorite artists' and here is a couple of quotes he stated that expresses something special about drawing from the nude form.

'When an artist or student draws a nude figure with painstaking care, the result is drawing, and not emotion.' Henry Matisse


Nude Drawings by Minaz Jantz. Model ????


'The living model, the naked body of a woman, is the privileged seat of feeling, but also of questioning... The model must mark you, awaken in you an emotion which you seek in turn to express.' Henry Matisse

Get ART, get naked!  Minaz

2 comments :

Fred Stephens said...

Having just acquired 2 of your works.
A charcoal Devon and a oil Devon in Skirt

Artist Minaz Jantz said...

Fred, thanks for letting me know you are the new keeper of 2 of my artworks. I gather that Jo had passed them on to you. May you enjoy them. Devon was a professional nude model who came to pose for us at The Workshop loft in Vancouver years ago.

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