Colorado Gay Men's Figure Drawing Group
We are monthly gay men's figure drawing group meeting regularly since 2010. Gay and gay friendly artists and models gather in an private setting to produce art that is more edgy than typical art groups explore.
The nude male models are posed in classical, sensual and occasionally sexually provocative ways. They are chosen for their beauty or their sexual energy and not for their experience as models. In general the poses are held for about twenty minutes with appropriate breaks.
Open to sketchers of ALL skill levels including beginners, hobbyists and fine artists. It is a fun group with members of many ages and sizes. Sexuality does not matter as long as you are comfortable with an all male group and models who can occasionally be frisky to overt in their posing.
We typically meet on the second Thursday of each month in Boulder and in Denver every third month. A 5th Thursday usually means a special bonus session where members can pose too.
Modeled after groups in NY and SF. See their websites to get an idea of what we are about.
Our group features:
Open drawing session, no instruction. Format: 5 2 minutes gestures, one 10 minute, five 20 minute poses and some five minute poses. Light snacks and drinks, fun music.
Bring your own sketching materials & a donation for the model ($5 - $10 suggested)
Bringing food or drinks to share is very much appreciated but not required or expected.
1) if you are using a messy medium, like pastel or charcoal, please put something down to protect the floor, clean up after yourself and please do not blow dust from your drawing into the air.
2) no chemical solvents, turpentine or any other agent/medium with a strong chemical odor.
3) please do not use headphones, ipods or other personal music delivery systems.
4) PLEASE RSVP EACH SESSION.
Bonus weeks: Sometimes we host a casual members pose and draw night. No hired models, we will take turns posing and drawing eachother. Anyone can come and no need to pose.
Interested models and artists email for details. Put "Drawing Group" in the subject line. Tyler_alpern@yahoo.com
Info for Models:
Pay: We're a small group, so the $30+ gratuity is based on attendence. Sometimes models can earn up to $100, but $50-$75 is average when turnout is good. $30 is the minimum.
Poses: are really what the model decides where he wants to take us. The model will be nude but will not have to do anything that he would be uncomfortable doing. At a minimun, just a bit more provocative and sensual than a normal figure group. Some models would pose with a hard on, some would not. Some models might do leather gear, others not. If two models wanted to pose, the two could pose together, The model will be incharge. Sensual and seductive is fine, no need to be more explicit unless the model choses to go there. Lack of experience is not a big deal but lack of enthusiasm, creativity and sensuality would be a problem.
Requirements: I will need a photo or 2 of you to promote your session on our private, members only site. I won't use the photo on the public site. Keep in mind that the photo not only documents your looks, but shows the artists what kind of energy and ideas you'lll share with the group. Dull photos means low turn out and you make less money. The photos have to lure in the artists and make them want to draw you. Interested models should send pics and detialed modeling fantasies. I need to know that you can bring creativity, eroticism and enthusiasm. I need to how you will express that in your poses, be specific about what will turn you on in posing. A one or two sentence response such as "open to anything," does not show me that you can bring it. Let me know if you are interested in solo or partner posing. I'll likely pair you with some one so I need to have a sense of your looks and limits. I hate, hate, hate it when I pair up some guys and then one complains about the other once I book them. PLEASE let me know if there are any types you can't pose with. Keep in mind it is modeling, not dating. Be specific if you have limits on the other model's looks. The blunt reality: I am not against older or heavier guys posing for our group but please be able to also find a partner to pose with that has a strong contrast of some kind to you such as: skin color, body type, age, look, etc. MOST NEW MODELS WILL HAVE TO BE INTERVIEWED OR AUDITION FIRST. No longer booking newbies who don't show, auditions should weed out the flakes.
I've got a lot of models to choose from so if you don't give me details when you contact me, I won't have much to go on and will likely hire someone else who has shown me that they can make the session worthwhile.
Confirmed models who cancel will be moved to the bottom of the list and no shows certianly will not be asked back.
Our Next Sessions:
Boulder: May 12, June 8, June 28, Julyy 27 2016
Denver: July 14, 2016. Denver sessions every 3 months: Janurary, April, July & October.
Email to reserve your spot and for location details: Tyler_alpern@yahoo.com
This new group is open to all ages, sexualities and gender identities and feature models expressing a wide gamut of sexuality not exclusively gay men as our group does. Like our group, there is no fee, just tips for the models. Check out http://outboulder.org/ for more details.
Click here for a gallery of digital art from our sessions.
Joc & Barry drawn below
Email to RSVP for each session and for link to website with complete directions to locations and more model photos.