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High Quality Full Color Photos of the Figure in 360-Degree Rotation.

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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. For many people, learning the figure is complicated by social taboos that make it difficult to find nude art models to study. This fact makes an already challenging subject even more difficult and is the problem that we wish to solve. As a result, we hope to encourage more and better figurative art.

Where to start!


More Pose Credit Flexibility

A customer asked about what to do with "odd" numbers of Pose Credits. There are lots of poses that cost 1, 2, 3, or 4 Credits, so that's one way to use them. In the Pose Tool, if you do: Sort By, # of Photos, Up the lower cost poses will tend to be at the top.
But, we thought it would be nice to give people the choice of "topping up" their credits. As a solution, we added 1-Credit and 3-Credit packages. Check out the Pose Credits page to find them.
Thank you for the question! It lead directly to an improvement in the site. 6/7/2016

New Session for StephanieR

Figure drawing, painting, sculpting reference photos from the 2nd half of Stephanie's 1st shoot. This session features sitting and reclining poses, mostly nudes though a few are clothed and many with multiple angles. With about 800 photos taken at 50MP, it's a large download at 2.2GB!
You can see the alternate angles on the Session Download page by clicking a thumbnail then the Show All Angles link and go to the second page. Some of these poses are particularly revealing in rotation, so please skip this product if that is an issue. See all the poses on the Sessions page. 5/12/2016

New Session for StephanieR

These are the poses in Stephanie’s 1st Session Download with standing and sitting. This may be our first Session Download with the new 50MP camera. With 700 photos, it’s big at 1.8GB!
We’re getting better about doing portraits and alternate angles. You can see those on the Session Download page by clicking a thumbnail then the Show All Angles link and go to the second page. See all the poses on the Sessions page.
Rather than having one large expensive download, we break photo shoots into multiple sessions to make the cost lower. And we try to group similar poses together to hopefully create useful collections—for a low per-pose price. 4/27/2016

New Sessions for Shoney

There's lots of casual, ordinary, everyday activities in the Shoney Sessions.
  • Most of the standing poses in the first set followed a theme of ordinary activities like shopping, sweeping, walking, waiting.
  • The second set has lots of casual sitting poses and also a few more artsy "posed" poses.
  • The third collection of art reference poses took place at ground level with more "posed" poses. It also has the expression Poses, great for drawing or painting portraits, doing graphic novel or comics, or any other work where expressive close-ups of the face and hands is important.
See all the poses on the Sessions page.
Rather than having one large expensive download, we break photo shoots into multiple sessions to make the cost lower. And we try to group similar poses together to hopefully create useful collections—for a low per-pose price. 4/06/2016

New Simplified Pose Sketches by PoseMuse

Please let us know what you think!
The author describes these this way "PoseMuse offers simplified poses to help jump-start your drawing and remove the anxiety of staring at an empty page."
PoseMuse poses have been very popular and generated a lot of excitement on Tumblr, which is where we learned of them. Just like Art Models' photos, they can be used, royalty-free, as the basis for your own art. Sometimes the detail of Art Models' high-res photos can be daunting. We're hoping PoseMuse sketches can help people get started.
You can see the initial selection the same way as any other pose: in the Pose Tool or the iPad App or at TheArtModels. Just search for PoseMuse in the models list. You can see all the views in a Pose collection by clicking the "views" links in the Pose Tool.
Whether we do more or not depends on you! So please let us know. Are they useful? Are they priced right? What do you think?
Thank You! 3/25/2016

New Poses for Shoney

The Shoney poses are now complete, all 85 of them! (It was a big photo shoot). There's a good deal of variety for life drawing; reclining, sitting, kneeling, crouching, laying down, standing, ordinary activites, as well as more typical figure drawing "posed" poses. See them all in the Pose Tool. 2/25/2016

New Sessions for ElenaS

ElenaS has a more normal figure than the super thin model types, making her a good choice if you're looking for a more typical person as an art reference. We did a mix of casual and staged poses. See them all on the Session Downloads page. 2/1/2016

New Session for SaraLiz

See all the poses on the Session Downloads page. These are the portrait poses for SaraLiz, including over 180 photos. 1/22/2016

New Sessions for SaraLiz

See all the poses on the Session Downloads page. The portrait poses will be added later as a separate session. Rather than having one large expensive download, we break the photo shoots into multiple sessions with similar poses to make the cost lower. That's one reason the portraits, for example, are done as their own session. 1/05/2016

New Model StephanieR!

We are just starting the process of developing and editing the photos, but you can see the first pose now in the Pose Tool. 12/17/2015

For years, we have been doing one big book release in September with a 128-page hardcover book. This year we're trying something new; publishing an eBook as soon as it's ready. Because we're not doing a print book, we wanted to make the eBook as useful as possible and we've created a companion website to deliver more material than can fit in an ordinary eBook. Download a sample epub to get all the details. You can also read about it on these pages:


New Sessions for Thea and Daniella

This is Thea's second session and Daniella's first. See all the poses on the Session Downloads page. 12/02/2015

New Sessions for MattB, KathyB and MonikaS


New Pose Tool Viewer

The Pose Tool has been redesigned to eliminate Flash due to some recent security issue and diminishing support across mobile devices.
  • To see all the views in a pose, click the Views button underneath the thumbnail. That opens a lightbox.
  • When you click a thumbnail photo, the pose preview is opened in a lightbox.
  • Clicking inside the lightbox moves to the next pose.
  • When the end is reached, the lightbox closes.
  • Clicking next and prev will switch between the contact sheets.

New Melissa Sessions

Melissa is a fitness model and provides a great figure reference for feminine musculature. The Session was divided into 2 parts - one with clothing (1A) and one nude (1B). Both have a mix of the artistic and the mundane and each has poses using props that we hoped would provide more interest as an art reference. Please let us know what you think, using the Contact Us form. 06/30/2015

New AnaIv Sessions

AnaIv's fourth Photoshoot was big, so we divided into three, more manageable, pieces. Session 4A is a collection of all the non-nude poses (although not always clothed, see the preview thumbnails). 4B has some more artistic poses in a dramatic lighting. And, 4C has expression poses in half rotations. There's some overlap between 4A and 4C, in that 4A has many of the same poses as 4C, just cropped to make them non-nude. 06/10/2015

New Chelle Sessions

Uploaded the Chelle Sessions—A mix of ordinary activities and some more traditional art poses plus a few close-ups. Note: some of these poses can be revealing. 06/09/2015

Now in Stores

Sessions are now available through bookstores (we’re excited!). Until now, you could only get them from our website. Check it out on Amazon, for example, and leave a review if you like it! We’ve been working with our distributor on this for a couple months. 06/09/2015

Free Tutorial by Samantha Youssef

A critique and lesson by former Disney Animator Samantha Youssef. Her insights in this lesson are amazing. She takes really nice sample pieces and makes them more dyanmic and lively in just a few brush strokes, on the fly. If you want to improve your figure work, it's well worth watching!
She'll be using our photos in her upcoming book, Movement & Form

New Pricing

Prices have been adjusted for certain poses that contain more than the standard 24 views. There's no set formula but, in general, poses that have many close-up views and/or portrait views have been increased slightly. The Pose Tool has been updated to display the purchase price more prominently both in dollars and credits. Previously, you had to hover on a thumbnail to see that information, now it is displayed under each thumbnail. 04/14/2015

Free Session Download

We’re doing a promotion for the new book. Buy it on the release date, April 7, and get a Session Download free! Email us your receipt (admin  the@symbol and you’ll get your choice of Session Download (under $25) from this website. Limit 1 per person. We’ll also honor any purchase before April 7. 03/24/2015

New Star Sessions

Uploaded the first Star Sessions. A mix of ordinary activities and some more traditional art poses. The poses have been done for a while but we overlooked uploading the Sessions. A thank you to the customer who requested them! 03/24/2015

New Bailey Session

All the poses from the Bailey bodybuilder Photo Shoot are now up in a Session Download. The photos are largely unedited, straight from RAW camera photos through developing to finished photos. Even though we usually do only a light editing to remove transient blemishes, no editing at all has been requested several times by people who want natural skin textures, imperfections and all. 03/10/2015

New Kerri Sessions

All the poses from the Kerri Photoshoot are now up in 2 Session Downloads. The Kerri photos are largely unedited, straight from RAW camera photos through developing to finished photos. 02/24/2015

A professional Ballerina directed by a Disney Animator

These two sessions have all the poses from the photo shoot directed by Samantha Youssef of Studio Technique. They are divided into two groups. The poses selected by IriniaV and the Art Models team and one for the poses selected by Samantha. Many of the poses directed by Samantha focus on body mechanics that are relevant to learning animation and some of those will be featured in her upcoming book "Movement & Form." 01/19/2015

New Special Sessions Available

Recently posed on Facebook about which poses seem to be the most popular based on downloads per day. Someone asked if we had plans to bundle those top poses into a special package. Sounded like a good idea, so here they are. We did one for males and one for females. We chose them based on poses that had been available at least a year as of 12/31/2014 and ordered by number of times they are downloaded per day. We omitted a few poses, such as ones that were repeats of the same posture by different models. 01/04/2015

New Mobile Friendly Site!

The Beta version of our mobile-friendly Art Models website,, is now live. It's a Beta, so things might break—please let us know. Now you can view your Library photos without having to download and open a .zip file, just use your login from You can also search the whole Art Models catalog and buy and use Pose Credits. It works on a variety of screen sizes and devices. Hopefully, we can get a lot of people trying it out, so please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested. Thanks! 12/23/2014

New CatH Sessions Available

CatH poses are now available in Session Downloads. One download contains a dressing sequence, plus details, and close-ups. The other has more conventional poses.
See all the poses at the Session Downloads page. 12/23/2014

New AveryA Sessions Available

The Avery session had lots of close-ups and portrait style photos for painting and drawing, which has been a frequent request. Since people were asking, we did those as soon as we had a model back in the studio. Those were combined into one Session Download, while the more conventional sets with 24-point rotations of the full figure were put together into another Session. That one contains a mix of "posed" poses, casual, and some more painterly poses.
See all the poses at the Session Downloads page. 11/18/2014

Movement & Form

Samantha is posting information about her book project, which will use photos from the session she directed with IrinaV. It sounds great. Very exciting! 11/9/2014

In the Studio with Samantha Youssef

Recently, we had the honor of working with Samantha Youssef of Studio Technique . Her credits include Lilo & Stitch 2, Bambi II, and Tarzan II. She is an accomplished artist and animator who has been invited by top studios and universities around the world to teach master classes to their top artists. She planned and directed a shoot with IrinaV, a formally trained ballerina. Samantha is also trained in ballet. With the two of them speaking a common language, combined with Samantha's knowledge of exactly what would make a great art reference, the shoot went beautifully!
See the poses she planned and directed as they are developed in the Pose Tool. 10/3/2014

New JohnyG Sessions Available

People have been asking for more male model poses in general and for JohnyG sessions in particular. Here they are, all three parts of his first session. We tried to do a variety of poses, from classical to modern, everyday and more unusual. The photos were taken about a year ago and are finally finished editing. 9/23/2014

Updated Art Models iPad app Available

We've created an app for iPad to make it easier (we hope) to access and view the Art Models photos when using an iPad. Try it here. Photos now loop around from first to last and last to first when swiping through views in the Library. Much better than having to swipe through all the photos to get back to the beginning. Also, a number of small improvements made and a bug fix. 8/28/2014

New GingerYoga Sessions Available

These are sets of Yoga based poses photographed in rotation as each posture is held. They are the same poses Ginger did in the video series. Ginger is not a yoga professional, so it's not meant to be a teaching aid, but rather a series of reference photos of an average body in yoga postures.
See the poses at the Session Downloads page. 8/1/2014

New DanM Sessions Available

Both halves of DanM's second session are now available. DanM excels at dynamic poses, like this sample, but we also mixed in some ordinary everyday activities (drinking coffee, writing on a notepad). Many poses were inspired by Joseph Sheppard's Drawing the Living Figure. Take a look at the Session Downloads page. 7/30/2014

New Art Models iPad app Available!

We've created an app for iPad to make it easier (we hope) to access and view the Art Models photos when using an iPad. Try it here.
  • Search the entire catalog of Art Models poses anywhere you have an internet connection.
  • Keep track of your favorites.
  • Download and view complete poses from your library right on your iPad.
  • Zoom and pan the high-res photos.
  • Add poses to your library using Pose Credits.
  • Unclothed poses are hidden by default as a parental control. Log in using your existing website username to show them.
  • Once viewed, photos are cached for fast viewing without re-downloading.
It is version 1.1, so it may have a few bugs, but please give it a try and let us know what you think by replying to this email.

Figurative Art Starts with the Artist's Model.

Click image to restart. Painting with nude art models overlayed.
Several Poses can be combined into a larger composition as shown in this 19th century painting by Winterhalter. Click the painting to restart the animation. From technical drawing like Da'Vinci's Vitruvian Man to exquisitely beautiful painting like Winterhalter's Florinda, figurative art starts with the artist's model.
click image to restart Art Models' Jesse in the Vitruvian Man pose
parchment photo by Luc Viatour

This pose: "Jenni051" shown at 1/7th size.   See a full size sample.
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Live Model Books specializes in high quality photos designed specifically for figurative artists. This site provides carefully planned and executed photos designed specifically for people who work with the human figure. Our "Art Models" collections are available in Books, Disks and instant access Downloads.