One of the first things people want to know, once they sniff out my sketchbook, is how weird it is to draw from a nude model? How often do I draw from nude models? What’s the most awkward thing that’s happened during a session with nude models? How do I get over seeing their junk? Do I actually draw, you know, it?
Well, I’ve never drawn from live models. I guess I’m lacking in that “Real Artist” department, sorry. Most of the reason being that, most organizations now-a-days only let you observe or take a nude session if you’re above sixteen (for many, eighteen), and that number only just happened in my case. I say yes, I draw from photographs on certain occasions, sometimes nude. Which of course puts the idea into their heads that I draw straight from hardcore Japanese fetish porn magazines.
Which, to set the record straight, I don’t.
In college, I’ll have sessions with nude models. Actually, I’ll probably be taking classes this summer with nude modeling. It doesn’t really bother me, because I guess I don’t have a bizzare fear of the human body that a lot of people seem to harbor? We all have butts; it’s not really a secret.
Actually, it’s sort of perplexing how many people are absolutely scandalized by skin and how artists (for the most part) are not. I asked around with some of my more-experienced, college-educated, actual-real-life-artist friends, and I got a quote from my buddy, Carter:
“It’s because the media shows all this skin and then shames it. Like, they post pictures of Kim Kardashian in a thong all over the f___ing place, and then call girls who wear thongs sluts unless they’re fat, then they just call them gross, and boys who look beyond the appropriate 3.4 seconds perverts. So the general public is afraid of anything sexual because it’s not even art anymore, it’s just media and the media is shameful, at least in the US. Artists don’t really care about that, because they draw beautiful things and, well, the human body is a beautiful thing, regardless of what media does to it or says about it.”
And I thought that was a pretty cool explanation, to say the least.