Figurative Illustration Workshop

The Figurative Illustration Workshop is a costumed figure drawing session. The workshop is held in at Chicago’s Platform Studios. Sessions are held one a month when time and space permits. Workshops are $25 each cash or credit collected at the event. Sessions run for approximately 5 hours from 12-5pm.


General Information

• The workshop is $25. Cash or credit at the event.

• The workshop will be once a month, check our Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter and we'll let you know in your inbox.

• The workshop will be five hours in length. 

• Some sessions may have a nude model.

• Please visit this web page prior to attending a session for confirmation as sessions may be canceled up to the day before. Any cancellations will be posted at least 2 hours before the session should begin and emailed to the newsletter group.

• Easels, drawing horses, and tables are also provide first come-first serve.

• Artists must bring their own drawing/painting supplies. If you are painting with oils please use Gamblin's Gamsol solvent.

• Cell phones must not be used at any time. If a phone call needs to be taken, artists MUST leave the room.

• Photos/video of your work may be posted on social media.

• Instruction and critique is provide if requested...but please note that this is not an instructed class and individual attention may be limited and/or shared with others pending session size.

• Please email with any questions.

Session Timeline:

• 15-30 minutes of gesture poses

• 5 minute break

• set up long pose with a break every 15-25 minutes

There may be time after the workshop for the model to take pose requests. This will be at the discretion of the model and tipping the model is mandatory.


Photography is at the discretion of the model. Please ask the moderator and the model. If you’re taking photos please tip the model.


Platform Studios

The Figurative Illustration Workshop is graciously hosted by Platform Studios. The Studio address is:

1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60622

Parking in the lot and streets is free. There is also elevator access to the third floor.

life drawing sessions at platform studios nude models for artists.

Figure Drawing at Platform Studios

Platform Studios holds live model figure drawing sessions every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7:00pm-9:30pm

emma frost costumed model for the figurative illustration workshop at platform studios painted in oils from life.


Models interested in posing for the session contact me at

Please include a photo (a headshot is fine) and if you have costumes either a list or photo as well.

Models providing their own costumes will be compensated with a bonus to the base modeling arrangement.


Meet your host

I’ll be your host, Aaron Miller, for your workshops. I’m an illustrator that works in the imaginative realism genre of art. Well known for my work in the gaming industry with Magic the Gathering. Occasionally my good friend Jeff Miracola will come to the workshop and film the session. Check out the video below to see what goes on at a Figurative Illustration Workshop session. Jeff Miracola also runs a summer workshop in Milwaukee, WI, the Fantasy Art Workshop Illustration Intensive. Of which I am one of your instructors.


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