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I see naked people

Finally did something I’ve been meaning to do for years — found a local life drawing class and signed up. Just had my first two-and-a-half hour session.

Woo! Have I ever slipped. It’s been thirty years since I’ve drawn from the model, but I was kind of hoping all that other drawing I did would make up for it.


Nude models, as a class, are not especially attractive people. Just people who feel comfy being naked and holding poses.

Our lady tonight had a butt-crack tattoo. A single Chinese character. My opinion of her would soar to great heights if it turned out to be the Chinese word for “butt crack.”

When I was in art school, tattoos were unusual — and tattoos on young women were unheard of. But one of our models had one. She was a dumpy young woman with a daisy tattoo’d growing out of her butt crack. The whole class was riveted to that thing. You could walk around the room, and I guarantee you the darkest, most fully rendered object on anyone’s drawing was that daisy.

No, you may not see my drawings. Not until I get a whole lot better.

November 2, 2011 — 10:50 pm
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