What are the Figure Studies?

Fifteen years ago, as a project for a friend, I set myself the task of photographing models in specific poses from all angles to help him with his painting career. Over the next few months, I learned how interesting it was that people were willing to show up and take their clothes off for a stranger. How useful it is to see a model from different angles, and probably last but certainly not least, I’m not cut out to be a photographer.

My friend loved the studies and used them extensively. Though the quality of some were not the best, keeping a person still while you spin them around on a giant lazy susan can be a challenge, but he gladly said there was more than enough detail to accomplish his goals.

A short time later, he and I moved on to different projects. I began writing, and he chose to move painting into the hobby category since being poor was not his thing. So, with no further need for the images, I shoved the drive in a drawer and thought no more of them. That was until recently when at lunch, he suggested that if I do nothing else with them, I should, at the very least, put them out there for other people to use. Since they take up massive amounts of space due to their size, I wasn’t sure how my hosting service would feel about that. But here we are, you’re reading the introduction, and I’ve not received an email bitching about my use.

The clothed images are free on FiguresandForms.com. At AlexanderCollas.com, you can find a sample image and a censored contact sheet of each pose available for sale. I’ve tried to keep the prices cheap, but a lot of time is involved in supporting the site, as well as the cost of hosting and storage space.

I do want to make a note about the quality. As I said, some are a little blurry, and some are under-lit. If you see a set you like in the free section and wonder if that entire set is of equal quality, let me assure you it is. I did the whole shoot in one sitting; therefore, if you like or dislike the quality of a specific pose, you can assume you will feel the same about the rest within that model’s catalog.

I am offering single poses, complete pose sets for a specific model (sitting, standing, laying, kneeling), and the entire model catalog shipped to you on an SSD drive to save downloading.

For the legal bullshit, I will let you read the very non-legal TOS below. I want to emphasize one thing before we get to the TOS. Sending an image of the completed piece for us to use on FiguresandForms allows us to show how our images can be used. In return, we’re happy to include with the picture your name, the works name, and, if you wish, your website and contact information.

Below are the Terms of Service as included with the images.

These figure studies were a series of shoots I did many years ago to help artists, of all types, who might not have had access to models. The pictures were of a large format, for the time, so the artist could clearly see the details of the models form. Some are a bit blurry due to natural human movement, but the detail can still be seen. Each pose of 7 to 9 images allows the artist to see the full 360 degrees of a single pose.

I am happy to provide the pictures to artists, sculptors, cover designers, or anyone else to use. You are welcome to recreate the image into a piece of art as long as the original photograph is not included in any way. If the actual image is used, it must be altered significantly or added to the rest of your work. This does not include merely resizing or cropping. Painting the pose as is or sculpting it is perfectly fine. We, above all, want to help fuel your creative process. If you can, but it is not mandatory, please credit our pose, Alexander Collas, or his website, www.alexadnercollas.com, when you can so we can create more and better poses for you to use in the future.

If you plan to resale your art, regardless of media, we request you send a photo or digital copy of the final product along with how it is going to be used (book cover, sculpture, painting, etc.) to art@alexandercollas.com. We will add it to our online gallery, and if you include your name, contact information, and/or website to learn more about you, we will include that as well. These images cannot be shared across any media in their original format. The changing of size, resolution or other manipulation does not constitute a new image and is still covered under our copyright. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@alexandercollas.com

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy

Alexander Collas

Last updated: 7/2022

Feel free to write me with any questions at: Figures@deathnailmedia.cmom

So enjoy, and all feedback is welcome.