Following the rather weird encounter modeling for the group of students in the cold dimly lit bar in Manchester my next modelling session shortly after was rather more ordinary
While I was really happy to accept the request it did somewhat concern me as to whether I had enough experience to fill that amount of time with enough distinct poses given that this was a more proper and educational group compared to the previous sessions I had done.
After beach bum of emails the tutor and I concurred a rough programme for the session which will begin with a series of about five poses of one minute each, followed by two or three standing poses continuing between five and fifteen minutes and a few seated poses lasting around twenty minutes. This would subsequently result in a short break to be followed by just one seated pose lasting for the remainder of the session of about 50 minutes.
This at least gave me a chance to think of what I should do and also a chance to try a few poses at home while timing myself to find out how long I could hold them. While not always an issue for the seated poses, the more dynamic standing poses can prove to be difficult and sometimes even painful with arms and or legs held in unusual locations for any duration of time beginning to ache or cramp up.
So beach bum turned up at the designated time on the day and affirmed the planned programme with the coach and did the session as agreed. beach bum , chiefly ladies of a particular age, were all very enjoyable and were all quite complimentary, which given that this was only my third session, gave me added confidence for the future.
The session must have been a success as, before I left the studio that afternoon, the tutor had asked me to return for two more sessions a month later.
Fortunately I had quite a few art books and also scoured the internet to locate a great number distinct poses that I could use, so I managed to fill the sessions satisfactorily.
Since then I have been working with the tutor for this group on a regular basis and have modeled for almost twenty sessions. Luckily there's been some change in the artists attending over that point so I've really been able to duplicate some of the poses more or less as I originally performed them or with only slight variation.)