Your thoughts on whether life modeling is “sinful”?

For the first time since I began weekly figure drawing polls, I got some responses that life modeling is sinful. See the results of the May 18, 2013 poll.

What are your thoughts on this?

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3 Responses to Your thoughts on whether life modeling is “sinful”?

  1. Ric says:

    This is a curious question. I would never have thought of figure modeling as “sinful.” It has been a part of artistic output since ancient times. This sounds like a Christian fundamentalist question. My response is a firm NO.

  2. In view of the number of nudes in both paintings and sculptures I cannot see how modelling nude can be considered sinful unless nudity is against your religion; how do these people take a bath or shower? I did read somewhere that nude models were considered a step below prostitutes some hundred plus years ago as the nude pose was kept for ever in the painting or sculpture whilst the prostitute sex act only lasted for the period of copulation. For arts sake I suppose it is just as well some of us are prepared to model nude; sex does not come into for me and never has. It is a job I enjoy doing and will continue to do until I am no longer able or wanted.

  3. Devin says:

    From my experience, the view that life modeling is “sinful” or nude art is “sinful” usually comes from those with either ultra-religious or incredibly conservative backgrounds. While I tend not to want to debate the issue with those who are saying it is sinful, the first thing I think of is “God made us in His image.” So why then is the nude human form sinful?
    Another issue is that many people automatically associate being nude, especially in a group or in front of a group, as something sexual, or try to sexualize it. I have said many times, the last thing on my mind when holding poses in the buff in front of a group of people I met 5 minutes ago, is sex. I love being nude, I love the freedom of modeling nude, but it isn’t sexual at all. It’s a tough job that you have to enjoy doing. Artists are accepting who you are, lumps, bumps, warts and all. The less of a gym rat you are, the more interesting you are to draw. I love the acceptance that life modeling has given me.

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