Being A Live Nude Model For A Drawing Class

| March 10, 2013 | 5 Comments

Nude Model For a Life Drawing Experiences At A University

I Was a Nude Model For Art Students in College:

Nude Model – There is a wide perception of nudity on my campus at Western Oregon University. Some are okay with it, others are against it. What I had not expected is a big difference in what someone draws in a life drawing course. There are all different kinds of art and different styles of painting and drawing. Over the last few months I have been hired off and on to be a sometimes clothed other times nude model.

The first time I decided to be drawn was in the nude. At first, I was nervous and even shaking more than normal. I suspect that the professor even realized I was nervous and had my other poses sitting down to make me more comfortable. It was easier after a break, because I realized the students were very professional and respected me. I’ve heard stories about how the model and the students do not talk, but I wanted to be different.

I engaged the students in conversation during break. I wanted them to understand that nudity doesn’t have to be awkward nor shameful; it can be beautiful and natural. It was interesting to see different perspectives of myself. Some I liked and others I didn’t like as much, showing that maybe I still have a long way to go before I have completely accepted myself in my own skin, since they captured more of my flaws. I do not even know if the artists who drew me with my flaws found it ugly, just that they only drew what they felt inspired to draw. As I went around the room I noticed more and more differences.

I noticed the men avoided drawing my penis while the women seemed to not care one way or another. After all it is just another body part, and it is a life drawing course. I thought it would have maybe been just one or two men, but it turned out to be all of them avoiding it.

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“Right now my dream job is to be a nude artists’ model.” –

What is stigmatized about the male penis that even some artists today refuse to draw it?

I have heard various speculations on it. One reason is that the male penis is often viewed as grotesque and something to be ashamed about. Many have heard in the news last October that the Leopold museum covered up naked men because they had received numerous complaints about their advertising and artwork. To avoid an outrage from the public, there would be a red strip that covered the male penis on about 180 works of art while nude women would remain uncovered.

Have we become such a backwards society that even the sight of a male penis scares people? I realize that there are many reasons why some individuals have become afraid to even see a penis because for some that means reliving a bad sexual experience they shouldn’t have had to go through.

I hope that through de-sensitizing people to human anatomy, we can achieve a world where any anatomical part is not viewed as ugly or shameful. One of the first steps would be to open up to the artistic viewpoint of the anatomy.

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In another nude modeling session, I was a lot more comfortable. I felt confident that the students would act professional, and they did. In fact, it was pretty easy to interact with the artists on my breaks. There seemed to be less reservation among the genders toward drawing the male penis. I was pleasantly surprised since there was not a distinction between men and women drawing anatomical figures. I hope this trend continues.

With all my experiences, the nightmare of showing up to school naked wasn’t as horrible as my dreams made it out to be. It was well worth it and I hope to do it again soon, especially for an art class who respects and admires the human figure in all its splendor and glory.

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Logan Green is a naturist blogger located in Oregon.