I’ve taken two college drawing classes where I’ve had nude models. Most of the models seemed to be students attending the same school, earning a few extra bucks that the modeling job provided. What I liked about that was that they were real people with real figures and not model perfect. While I look at them almost objectively to find the angles, shading, coloring, proportions, I also find a lot of beauty in the form. I highly enjoy painting and drawing flesh. (I also have a small obsession with hands.)
Personally, I would never model nude for artists. Not because I think it wrong or shameful, actually quite the opposite. I would image that being a model for artistic purposes would be liberating. Besides, these art students are immortalizing you, albeit maybe not very well, but you are part of their development to become an artist. I find that something special.
I can’t remember which site I posted some of my art, but with it I had one nude model painting (the last picture in this post). As you can see the painting is not complete, but that wasn’t necessary for the assignment. Anyway, I was forced to take it down because the image had been reported. I was shocked that someone could be so offended to report it. Did they think it was pornography? I could understand if it was in a crude position or even a full frontal, but my painting was neither.
It made me wonder if some people think anytime there is nudity, it must be pornography. Are we still so Puritan that we can not praise the beauty in the body? Are we trained to believe that we can only display and see naked bodies for indecent purposes? Can we not look at others and see life and beauty and admire it? For women it is a little bit accepted, but lets not even talk about admiring people of the same sex.
Nudity in itself is not always pornography, even if pornography is inclusive of nudity.
So, without further ado, here are some of my drawings I did for my drawing class (most from 7 years ago!).
Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called Nike of Samorthrace
Year: c. 220-190 BC
Type: Parian marble
Height: 328 cm
This is one of my favorite statues. The statue originally had arms and a head, but I prefer it without. I always get a sense of hope and beauty and Victory looking at it. It is what a woman’s soul should look it. Ready to defend, fight, and overcome all obstacles.
I saw a miniature of this sculpture in a gift shop once, I should have bought it.
Such beauty. Such power. Such grace. If only my soul looked like that.
What would you choose to have represent your soul?
It was a beautiful day, so we went to the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. I adore going to art festivals. I don’t have the money to buy anything, and honestly I rarely see anything I would actually display on my wall. For it to be wall worthy I would have to love it or have a personal reason for putting it up on my wall. I almost bought some jewelry, but decided against it. There were a few artists’ works that I enjoyed looking at, but like most people there, I walked by most after a few glances.
If I had a sufficient amount of art work I would apply to festivals. While the majority of people come out for the weather and food, you still get a lot of exposure and maybe a few of them will buy something.
Here are few random pictures I took at the festival:
Tim Walker is known for his extravagant and romantic style and his photographs are featured on Vogue. If I had my way, at least once in every woman’s life, they would be pampered and given a photo shoot to have their beauty captured on camera.
The first photo is sensual and erotic, while the the second photo is charming and delicate, but both are lovely.
Sculpture by Beth Cavener Stichter. I found this sculpture making me think about being lost and hurt, hiding from the predators. After reading the artist’s reasoning behind the sculptures, it added to my interest.