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The Figure Model

Writing Exercise – Words of the Day (04/28)

Sandy, a regular at the life drawing class, preferred sketching the female figure. The owner of the studio, a short, kind, and an effeminate gay man was more apt to bring in male models. Hope springs eternal though and she had been optimistic that day when she headed to the class. Perhaps today would be a female model. She could not help but be disappointed when she walked in to see another nude male adjusting himself upon the teapoy at the head of the room.

Glen, unaware of his dissatisfied audience perched his hands on his hips, pushing out on his waist attempting to highlight what he thought was his greatest asset. Figure modeling was something he enjoyed doing in his free time. It was a lucrative side hustle and allowed him to display God’s magnum opus in all of its glory.

Sandy sighed as she resigned to enjoy the session regardless. She took up her seat and began sketching the model with his protruding salt junk, as she liked to call it, which was nestled in a marcescence of hairy human foliage.

Words of the day:

  • Salt junk is dried salted beef
  • Teapoy – a small three-legged table or stand.
  • Magnum Opus – a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.
  • Marcescence – The retention of dead leaves, etc., as opposed to shedding.
  • Hope springs eternal – The normal interpretation of this saying is that people will always be optimistic and think that something better is coming.

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