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Photographer

T-town Photos

Posts: 177

Tempe, Arizona, US

Do any of you have experience modeling for figure drawing?  If so, what are your rates?  I am trying to get an idea of a fair rate for figure drawing, because I want to start a figure drawing club with some of my friends.

Oct 20 12 07:14 pm Link

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hgldhlhgfh

Posts: 576

Dumont d'Urville - permanent station of France, Sector claimed by France, Antarctica

Oct 20 12 07:16 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 37022

Boston, Massachusetts, US

For figure drawing, I generally made around $15/hour in the southeast.

In the northeast, I've made about $20/hour.

Oct 20 12 07:34 pm Link

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MatureModelMM

Posts: 1335

Detroit, Michigan, US

In the midwest, it seems to run from about $12-$15 per hour at the low end, to about $20-$25 at the high end. Assignments are usually flat rated, maybe 3 hours for $50 or $60 would be an average range.

Generally, you get whatever the artists group, gallery or college is paying, they are the ones who set the rates not the models. With private modeling for individual artists a model sometimes has the ability to quote a rate or negotiate, where you can't in the other situations.

A few of the galleries, colleges, and artists groups will also sit out a tip jar for the model, but not all do and you definitely cannot bring your own in cases where they don't do this.

Oct 20 12 07:42 pm Link

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Figuremodel001

Posts: 309

Chicago, Illinois, US

The rates shown seem about the same as the Chicago market, generally over a minimum period of 2 to 3 hours you should see 15 to 25 per hour; generally toward the higher end for 2. Point being a 45 to 50 or so for the time frame. I would expect to go higher for a one hour program; althoughI have never encountered one for drawing. They have been involved with photo.

Oct 21 12 11:11 am Link

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ashara

Posts: 988

Brewster, New York, US

Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for models.

Oct 23 12 11:08 pm Link

Photographer

True Colours Photograph

Posts: 203

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

T-town Photos wrote:
Do any of you have experience modeling for figure drawing?  If so, what are your rates?  I am trying to get an idea of a fair rate for figure drawing, because I want to start a figure drawing club with some of my friends.

In Oz, usually $25.00 per hour, minimum 2 hours.

Oct 24 12 04:17 am Link

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Michael DBA Expressions

Posts: 3222

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

ashara wrote:
Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for models.

Yes, there are, but the best way to find such gigs is to inquire at colleges, community fine arts centers, and anyplace else that offers art classes.

Oct 24 12 04:28 am Link

Artist/Painter

Two Pears Studio

Posts: 3424

Wilmington, Delaware, US

I try and keep it to $45 - $50 per sitting of three hours.

I almost never work with traveling models as their rates are determined by their expenses. Most often they are to high for me.

Oct 24 12 04:56 am Link

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QuietAsKept

Posts: 5935

Baltimore, Maryland, US

ashara wrote:
Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for llamas.

Excuse me if I'm threadjacking but here's a list of places.

http://www.artmodelbook.com/figure-draw … ectory.htm

Oct 24 12 09:38 am Link

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Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I make $20 to $50 a hour, in NYC.

Oct 24 12 01:22 pm Link

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CarlottaChampagne

Posts: 214

Los Angeles, California, US

I've seen it anywhere from $10-50 an hr. Usually $50 means they might take reference photos as well.

I have to share this with yall! Figure model drawing class...fail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5eBnXLHWxQ

Jun 06 13 11:20 am Link

Artist/Painter

MainePaintah

Posts: 1811

Saco, Maine, US

I have run many figure drawing groups, in my studio and in other places.

Around here, the going rate for figure drawing models is $18-$20 per hour for a 3 hour session ($54-$60).

Here is what we did: We would dived the model's pay by the number of artists who came to draw that night ( say 10 artists into $60= $6 per artist).

Then at the end of the night when we passed the hat to collect the model's pay from everyone, we would also encourage "tipping" the model a few dollars each. They usually made an extra $20.

Jun 06 13 11:43 am Link

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philip painter

Posts: 235

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

The rates I've seen are generally $15 - 20 an hour.

Jun 06 13 01:11 pm Link

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fit_60

Posts: 329

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

In Chicago it is $20 per hour. In Montreal I can get $30

Jun 07 13 09:23 am Link

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Elizabeta Rosandic

Posts: 951

Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

Sabine Luise wrote:
I make $20 to $50 a hour, in NYC.

Samesies.

If it's an open sketch type of deal though, the norm is about $50 for a 4 hour session in the northeast. Prices go up if you're modeling for an artist privately.

Jun 07 13 10:01 am Link

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CRIMSON REIGN

Posts: 826

Baltimore, Maryland, US

CarlottaChampagne wrote:
I've seen it anywhere from $10-50 an hr. Usually $50 means they might take reference photos as well.

I have to share this with yall! Figure model drawing class...fail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5eBnXLHWxQ

OMG!! Guuuurl you are hilarious!!!! hahaha!

Jun 07 13 07:01 pm Link

Photographer

Viator Defessus Photos

Posts: 1186

College Station, Texas, US

When I TOOK a figure drawing class at a community college and talked to the professor about it, he said they offered $15/hour and usually rounded up to $50 for a 3 hour class.

The handful of times I've looked at the paper in College Station and the Battalion (School paper) the university was offering/advertising $20/hour for the figure drawing class.

So, it's about the same here.

Jun 08 13 01:26 am Link

Artist/Painter

JohnsonStudio

Posts: 4

Saxapahaw, North Carolina, US

Two Pears Studio wrote:
I try and keep it to $45 - $50 per sitting of three hours.

I almost never work with traveling models as their rates are determined by their expenses. Most often they are to high for me.

Same here; usually photo-only models (traveling or not) want their usual rate, which I just can't afford.

I've had a really hard time finding models for figure drawing/painting projects which don't involve photos...

Jun 08 13 05:08 am Link

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Katie Marie Gilbert

Posts: 55

Somerville, Massachusetts, US

ashara wrote:
Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for models.

Figure drawing and art groups on meetup.com are a good resource for life models. Also, befriending models in your area who do life modeling and artists who do figurative art can put you in contact with many schools, groups, and individuals that host figure drawing or pose for figure drawing.

Jun 08 13 10:52 am Link

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Katie Marie Gilbert

Posts: 55

Somerville, Massachusetts, US

In my experience modeling for groups, $20/hr. or $50/3 hrs. is pretty standard.

Jun 08 13 11:05 am Link

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amb300

Posts: 218

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, US

Jun 08 13 02:31 pm Link

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Kam Arose

Posts: 6014

Berkeley, California, US

amb300 wrote:
I thought about doing this, I am currently in college and might be able to, but sitting still for an hour sounds boring as hell. I have to be constantly doing stuff, or I get bored. I may still look into it.

What, you mean it's work?



OP: In the SF Bay Area, $20-$30/hr with a three hour minimum.

Jun 09 13 04:17 am Link

Photographer

David J Martin

Posts: 458

Amberg, Bavaria, Germany

ashara wrote:
Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for models.

I don't know where the right place to go is, I just know that MM is the wrong place.  People here seem mostly geared towards fashion, glam and nudies. 

Deviant Art is a place that is much broader in it's artistic bent, but I don't know how well the networking aspect is.

Jun 09 13 09:01 am Link

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-Ellie-

Posts: 276

Bozeman, Montana, US

There's not a huge demand for figure llamas in my part of Montana but I was posing for the university for $11.50 an hour.  Depending on the project, I posed anywhere from 2.5-4 hours.
It's a lot of fun and I wish I could keep doing it.

Jun 09 13 10:15 am Link

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ConceptsandConstructs

Posts: 10

Syracuse, New York, US

Most of my school bills are paid via figure modeling, usually the people inquiring already have a preset rate that they use for models. For a local university I get $13/hour, for a local art group they give me $50/3 hours, another group gives me a percentage of what they make based on who comes (as well as coffee and baked goods, lovely bunch of artists!). In addition most places will also give you a free drawing pass for each modeling session you do, and as I'm an artist I also consider that a form of payment.

Jun 13 13 12:24 pm Link

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Kelleth

Posts: 2531

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I do posing for a non-nude art class on occasion. It's usually $100 for 3 hours. And I've also done (non-nude) posing for individual artists and it's usually been a similar rate. Can't speak to nude posing though.

Jun 13 13 12:39 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Draw2Paint

Posts: 2

West Concord, Massachusetts, US

ashara wrote:
Speaking of which, besides going on craigslist are there any places/forums/threads/etc. that are catered to figure drawing and the like? I'm thinking of going to some local colleges to inquire about it, but I was just wondering if there are any places that people might frequent when looking to put together groups and are looking for models.

Craigslist is NOT the way to go in finding modeling jobs for an artist or art class. 

First place to look is any art school that teaches drawing and painting.  You will have to go to the Art department where there is one person that handles all bookings of models.  A phone call, or e-mail is fine.

Second place to look is on meetup.com and join a group with tags: drawing, figure, sketch, open studio, or painting.  talk with the organizer of the group.  You will meet artist during your sittings who might want to hire you.

Jun 14 13 10:00 am Link