my first figure drawing class in college - I believe I was 18
I got an anonymous formspring question last week that made me laugh a bit, but then think about my first experiences drawing nudes in college :
Now, this breaks down in to an interesting question for people who have never taken a figure drawing course. When is drawing a nude sexual? Is it sexual at all? Is drawing an 'attractive' person a different experience than drawing an 'unattractive' person? For me - no.
I know you won't answer this one; I'm in art school (female) and was freaked out at first about life drawing classes-- being that close to a nude was just akward! Now the idea of being the model gets me hot-- have you ever had those thoughts?
My first impression of art school was when Will Ferrel played a homeless man getting all sorts of inappropriate in a sculpture class in an early '90s SNL.
It was maybe half accurate.
In New York I had 2 classes with nudes - one drawing, one painting totaling 12 hours a week I'd look at some strangers' bid-niz. But my teachers were so serious, to giggle at all was shameful - so it took about 4 seconds to get into scientific-mode. I've even drawn a friend nude - not realizing that she would BE the model for that course! It really isn't a big deal at all.
Our models were all shapes and sizes and skin tones - some fabulously beautiful, some fabulously frightening. It was much more interesting to draw someone who had the build of a giant panda than a dancer's body. We see images of "perfect" bodies in the media all the time - it's not new territory to explore for me.
There was one guy who would say "WELLLLLLP I'm off to lunch" and he would exit the area, put on a TINY TINY thong and walk to the lunch room. Basically his thong was a 100x more suggestive than seeing everything.
So to answer your question, Anon - no, I have never been attracted to a model or wanted to be a model.