As long as there have been artists wanting to draw the human figure, there has been the need for someone to model for their drawings. The work of a life drawing model is essential, but it can be both difficult and rewarding.
Modeling for life drawing involves posing for an artist, or a group of artists/art-students to draw the human figure. A live model is an invaluable resource for artists to work from, because representing the human form, such as creating portraits, is a very challenging skill.
As with any form of modeling, a measure of confidence is required as the model will be posing in front of a group of people. The artists will be looking at the model intently for each pose, as they try to represent the model by drawing, or painting.
Life drawing predominately requires the model to pose in the nude. Poses are done tastefully — nude not lewd — with the inspiration for the poses coming from activities that people do in public.
There are no specific requirements for physique, because people come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. There are different things that artists can learn from drawing a body whether it is skinny or plump bodies, young or old, male or female.
Being an art model requires the model to be able to stay still, and hold their position for the duration of the pose. [More info about art modeling]