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A Little Digital Guidance On Posing Subjects

As any aspiring and establish artist likely knows, if you are working with human subjects, posing is always a key part of the process. While some may have poses picked out right from the beginning, others may need some help or be looking for something different.

Whether you are working with drawing, painting, photography or even sculpture, a posing guide can be helpful. And while there are many posing guides available, it’s not always easy to have to carry them around or find a place in your studio to store them with the gazillions of other things you have in that area.

That’s when a digital posing guide, one in e-book format, can really come in handy. One such option that I highly recommend is the collection of guides by Justin R. Martin from the “Pose Muse” series. There is a bundle of volumes 1-4 available with a special 10% promo code for readers of this blog. Order from the link below and use the code gumroad10off for the deal price.

As the author’s website states:

“Over 500 creative references in the Poses for Artists Book Set! Dynamic, sitting, standing, fighting, couples, and various other poses. Immediate pdf delivery today plus access to our free weekly figure drawing poses.

Check it out. It’s well worth the investment.

“A Season of Song” By Sarah Puhala

Sarah Puhala is a talented actress, singer and director who I have had the please of knowing for several years. Sarah got her she has B.A. in Theatre Arts from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University and has a resume that would blow your socks off. So, to say she is an artist would be a massive understatement.

Only recently, however, did Sarah decide to venture into something a little different. She took a shot at using some art supplies previously owned by her late Aunt Mary. And the result is spectacular!

Take a look for yourself at the artwork she titled “A Season of Song” drawn by this young lady who modestly suggests that drawing is not her specialty.

And for more on Sarah and her work, you can check out her official website at and you can find her on the IMDB too.

An Example of Kickstarter’s Applications for Artists

One of the challenging things about being an artist is finding a way to fund your projects. While some don’t have to do this, the vast majority will have to at some time or another.

Among the fairly new and often most successful methods is crowdfunding. And of one the more artist-friendly options is Kickstarter.

A case in point here is a talented artist I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. That person is Justin Martin who recently launched a campaign for his latest posing guide Poses For Artists Vol. 5 which is the new collection for the series that you can see at

So, if you are either looking for a great posing book, or a method to get your own work seen, you might want to think about doing some crowdfunding.

MK Hughes Personal Art Projects (Part 2)

Here are some more of the projects from my talents artist pal, scenic designer, set designer and prop builder MK Hughes. You can check out me on her site

Book Review: ‘Poses for Artists Volume 1’—Dynamic and Sitting Poses

If you stop and think about it, the majority of book reviews focus on works of fiction and non-fiction, that are primarily text, with few or no visual elements. This one is an exception to that rule in that the book Pose Muse collection of titles, specifically Poses for Artists Vol.1 Dynamic and Sitting Poses by Justin Martin, is a guide to posing subjects for art enthusiasts.

The book is filled with 110 pages of poses, primarily geared toward those who work with pencil drawings, but its content can easily be adapted to other artwork. As the publication’s title states, the emphasis is on a couple of very different types of posing. Sitting poses, as a concept, are pretty simplistic. Naturally, they focus on the subjects being in a seated position. Dynamic poses may be a bit more of a term that is less familiar to novice artists, or those just getting into the arts. The term refers to a body position associated with movement. For example, it may deal with someone that looks to be in the activity of running or jumping.

Instead of simply showing poses in their completed form, the author provided his samples in the format of drawings, with lines and shapes that make up the structure of the final work, and can help those who need it to become more familiar with the underlying elements of drawing the human body. In that regard, it’s kind of like those learn to draw, type books that help readers with animals and dinosaurs. Perhaps you remember those as a child.

He uses vibrant samples, that avoid the boredom that can sometimes come with black and white drawing and posing guides. The use of such tones can also help to foster an interest in the arts in the first place.

As I stated, this guide does seem to be focused on drawing. However, there is no doubt that it can be applied to other artistic efforts. For example, as a photographer, I can see this as a valuable reference piece when it comes to posing a client for anything from basic portrait work to model photography, in order to build upon the current poses that you use or add some ideas for future sessions. Naturally, that can be adapted to have the same benefits for anyone who works with painting. The shapes and lines in the book can surely work as the basic outline that a painter uses to start the process of a new piece of artwork.

One of the best parts about this book is that it has value, not only for people across different types of art using different mediums to create their work, but also has something that can be of value to artists of all different skill levels. And as such, it can also work for a variety of ages. While I might not recommend it for really young children, I’d say anything from high school on would be appropriate.

All in all, this book, in either it’s digital or print format, is well worth the investment for anyone who is interested in learning to draw or pose their subject. And, if you are looking for more poses, the author also has volumes that go into how to work with poses for standing, fighting and working with couples among other things.

The author indicates that one of his primary goals is to get people to WANT to draw. The content he provides goes a long way in doing that.

The publication, available online at PoseMuse and through, is provided in both a traditional print format, and as an e-book for those who prefer their publications in digital format.

MK Hughes Personal Art Projects

These are some of the projects of the talented MK Huges, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the last couple of years and would highly recommend that you check out her work. Her website is

Are You Looking For A Gift For An Artist?

If you have a friend or family member who is an artist and are looking for the perfect present for them this Christmas and holiday season, you might be having a tough time. After all, it can be hard buying for creative-minded individuals. But, I have found something that may just be exactly what you need.

If the artist you know uses people as subjects or is planning to try to start to do this, some sort of posing resource can be ideal. That’s where the books (available in both print and electronic formats) at Posemuse will do the job and more. With everything from sitting positions to poses for fight scenes, the site has a complete series of guides that can help in nearly any scenario.


Posing – From a Model’s Perspective

If you read this blog often, you have surely come across several of my posts talking about the importance of posing your model as a photographer or artist. But, perhaps it is also important to factor in the value of posing skills and technique from the model’s perspective.

While any artist or photographer can benefit from a posing guide, models can benefit just as much from such publications. This is especially true when it comes to either a new model or a model working with a new artist.

A great series of guides is the one by author Justin R Matrin on the website You can get his work on Amazon also.

While the works tend to focus on drawing, they can easily be applied to any type of art and I suggest you check them out if you are on either side of the camera or canvas.

The Multi-Talented Sydney A

While some artists stick to one type of art, on occasion, we find people who work in several forms. Sydney A is such a person.

I first came across her work with ink and color drawings and I can assure you that her talent is impressive. The detail, color and style she displays in her work is something special.

Here are some samples:

As she states it in her own words:

“I’ve been practicing since I was little, and I took some art classes in junior high and high school. After I found out I was allergic to the paints I preferred to use, I switched over to black and white ink, and now I use colored ink as my preferred medium. While I will also do pencil crayon drawings upon request, they aren’t as good as the ink ones and tend to take longer.”

But her skill set doesn’t stop with drawing. She also has a talent for photography and tends to focus her skills on nature and wildlife.

I encourage you to check out her work for yourself.


Kurtis Sinclair and Transitory Art

Do you remember when you where young and doodled in the pages of your notebook during class? Or perhaps you even do it as an adult when in a rather mundane conference or the like. Well, artist Kurtis Sinclair takes this concept to a new level with what he calls transitory art.

Check out these examples:

According to Sinclair, he leaves index card drawings all over the city like an Easter bunny hides eggs.

And he sees his work as the kind of juvenile distraction you find in the margin of a math textbook.

He doesn’t claim to be the best artist but that’s not necessarily his purpose. The goal is to offer a sense of creative entertainment.

You can see some of his stuff on the Transitory Art Instagram page and visit the official site at


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