Friday, July 27, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Ana Bosch

Help me welcome Ana Bosch to Pants Off. She brought an awesome post and great giveaway today, so give a Pants Off welcome Miss Ana.


Hi! Ana Bosch here, joining the celebration for the Pants Off Reviews 1-Year Blogoversary! I'm really excited to be here, and what better way to celebrate a year of taking your pants off than to talk about guys who take their pants off?

 I'm not talking about our lovely porn stars or exotic dancers this time. I'm talking about nude models, the type you find at an art school. I have a huge amount of respect for good nude models because the only thing worse than having to sit absolutely still for 20-minute intervals throughout a 3-hour period is having to do it naked.

 Say you're a nude model. You arrive at your class, perhaps make some awkward small talk with a few of the students, and then change into your robe. From there, the instructor might start you out with a series of gesture drawings, where you try to come up with as many varied 30-second or 1-minute poses in succession as you can. You'll run out of ideas and end up contorting yourself into some painful positions for the sake of variety. Then you'll sit around during your break and wait for your spine to settle back in place, and you'll try to ignore the uncomfortable draft that blows into your robe while the instructor tells his students whatever he needs them to know.

 Next, you'll probably move on to some longer poses. You'll try not to fall asleep or lose your balance or have any unfortunate mishaps with your body—such as getting aroused during a two-person modeling session, as I've seen happen before. (Say you're an artist. It can be a little startling if you've sketched in a man's privates and when you go back in for detail and shading, they're in an entirely different position.)

 Back to the modeling session. You put in your three hours of posing, and your body is slowly giving out with each passing minute. What's your reward at the end of the session? You get to see some of the world's most hideous renderings of yourself by kids who are on the verge of transferring out to study nursing. You'll get to listen to the instructor critique the few good drawings and say things like, "You idealized him," which is basically a synonym for, "He's uglier in real life." In extreme cases, the instructor might point out the inches that the students have added or subtracted from your manhood. Of course, I should mention that most of the students probably didn't really draw your genitals in that much detail. If you look at student art, you'll see a lot of mysterious shadowy voids between men's legs—voids that might also cause you to doubt yourself a little.

 So yes, these models deserve a lot more appreciation than they probably get from their young, sleep-deprived, unskilled, and often hungover audience. If I could, I would go back and kiss the feet of every single model who posed for me when I was in college.

 While I'm at it, I should probably also kiss the feet of some of my old classmates. The great thing about art school is that even when you're not in a figure drawing class, you're surrounded by fellow students who, for the most part, are more than happy to shed a few items of clothing and pose as reference for your latest illustration. After all, they understand your situation, and in a month, they may need you to reciprocate. Art school is the only place where I've ever been able to ask a hot twenty-two-year-old to take off his shirt, climb onto a table, get on all fours, and bare his teeth like a wolf so I could take pictures—and have him do it without even asking questions.

 (Okay, so I haven't tried out that request in a great number of places, and perhaps I'd have equal luck if I went to a bar and timed it just right, but a restraining order is probably the likelier result.)

 In Art of Death, my new novel, Riley is an art school graduate who is so desperate for cash that he returns to his alma mater as a nude model. This is not something I would ever be able to do. My sister, on the other hand, actually posed nude for her university's art college while she was still a student. Again, I don't have the guts to do that. Hats off—and pants off—to anyone who does!

~I'm giving away one free ebook copy of Art of Death. To enter the drawing, leave a comment and let me know if you would ever be willing to take your pants off for a classroom full of art students—or if perhaps you already have!???~

  • Must be 18yrs or older
  • leave comment with email
  • Contest runs until August 2nd 11:59pm EST



BLURB: 
Despite the support of his rich older boyfriend, starving artist Riley Burke is determined not to be a trophy—hence his second job as a nude model at the local art school. It’s important to him that he pay his own way, so when the artist Coliaro requests a private modeling session with him, he jumps at the chance to earn some real cash. 


 Then he hears the rumors—that Coliaro is undead. That his worshippers perform rituals to fill him with life energy.  That every time he paints a male nude, the painting transforms to depict a gruesome murder.  And that shortly after, a young man turns up dead. 


 The source of these rumors is a man named Westwood, who claims to be an instructor at the school and warns Riley not to get involved. Riley ignores the advice—but when the rumors pan out and another murder looms, he turns to Westwood for help. Westwood is clearly keeping secrets. He’s dangerous, and Riley doesn’t know if he can be trusted—which makes him all the more attractive. Riley is in way over his head… and his involvement with the undead may make him the ultimate target. 


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33 comments:

  1. Your book has been on my "read this soon" list, so I'll enter this. (If I don't win a copy, I'll buy one and read it anyway!)

    Would I take off my pants for a room full of art students? I probably would, at least if they were interested in a "mature" model!

    E-mail address: ann@byassee.net

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    1. There were plenty of mature models at my art school, and I always appreciated the variety, especially with the string of young female models the male instructors often liked to pick. I think some of my favorite paintings that I did in college were of the 50+ female crowd.

      Thanks for entering the giveaway! And I hope you enjoy Art of Death! :)

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  2. As an art school graduate, I can't wait for this book. The blurb also sounds quite mysterious ;)

    I considered nude modeling at one point, but never actually had the guts to do it in the end. I was worried too much about my body, instead of remembering that most of the students don't actually care. When you draw you're more focused on getting the right proportions than someones penis ;)

    katrinaconquista@gmail.com

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    1. Yay, fellow art school graduate! :high five: You're totally right about what art school students focus on. All I ever wanted was an interesting pose, good lighting, and to not have every single tall kid in the class set up their easel directly in front of me. ;)

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  3. I just snorted root beer as I read this post, was having a root beer float. In answer to your question, eeeeww I'm 64 so NO and I doubt anyone would want to see that. If they did I certainly wouldn't want to be near such a weirdo.

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    1. Haha! I have to ask - what kind of root beer? I'm kind of a root beer fanatic. ;) (IBC is my favorite of what I've tried so far, but I love most of them.)

      You might be surprised how many people would love to paint a 64-year-old. I had quite a few models in that age range when I was in school, and it gets kind of monotonous if all you're painting is youngsters every day. (That said, I'm not trying to sign you up or anything!) Anyway, thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  4. OMG Nancy, you are such a Hoot :) LOL I can just picture you with your Root Beer Float reading this post. ROFL

    Let you know if I would ever be willing to take my pants off for a classroom full of art students—or if perhaps you already have!???
    Hmmmmm well I'm not as young as I used to be, so I don't think anyone wants to call my a Work of Art! LOL So at this point i my Life, I'd have to say No to that one.
    Now for the second half...Ummmmm have I done this at some point in time already...well this was in the very fit, personal training days LOL & I wouldn't actually call it an Art Class & there wasn't necessarily just me LOL...but you could say WOW there was ALOT of Beautiful ART to LQQk at. ROFL Ohhhhh Memories, those were the Days!! LOL ;)

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway of one free ebook copy of "Art of Death". Thank You.

    Happy 1-Year Blogoversary to Pants Off Reviews!
    Take Care & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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    1. Those certainly do sound like some interesting memories! When I was at my most fit, about two years ago, maybe I would have been more amenable to the idea of posing nude, but I think we all have certain, ahem, "features" that we're self-conscious about regardless of fitness level.

      Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck! :)

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  5. I probably would not...even though I am less body modest than i used to be i am still to modest for nude modeling. Please count me in. Thanks, Michelle
    chellebee66 at gmail dot com

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    1. I hear ya, Michelle! I pretty much feel the same way. Thanks for entering the giveaway! :)

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  6. I wouldn't a friend asked because they needed a model but my figure is not exactly model like, thought no, in a bikini maybe but not totaly nude. :)

    lyra.lucky7ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I know what you mean about it maybe being okay in a bikini. Funny how just a tiny amount of fabric makes it a little less frightening of an idea. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  7. I am so looking forward to this book, Ana. I love everything about the concept, and the cover just brings it home int he best possible way.

    I would absolutely model, if they were looking for a hobbity body type--though, like you, I had the deepest sympathy for the models in my life drawing classes in college. They were my favorite art classes ever, but what those models suffered... they deserved more than they were making, whatever it was.

    KateyATkateyhawthorneDOTcom

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    1. Oops, somehow I missed replying to this. Thanks for entering the giveaway! Lol, I have to laugh at your description of the "hobbity body type." I suppose maybe I'd fall into that same category, since I'm really short.

      I also think the models probably deserved more than they were getting. I wonder if better pay might also entice more young men to be models, which would be nice because they seem to be the hardest to find.

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  8. Probably not :)

    anzuazura at yahoo dot de

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    1. I don't blame you! :) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  9. This book sounds intriguing. Count me in please.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for entering! Good luck! :)

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  10. I love the cover of this book but then again I like the drawn cover better than anyway ^^;
    As to your question, well no, I don't have the guts to drop all the clothing and holding still that long without moving much might also be problematic, I also have to move when someone tells me not too and I try to freez.

    emiliana25(at)web(dot)de

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway! Yeah, I think I can sit still for twenty minutes if no one was watching, but the second you tell me I *have* to sit still, that's when all the random nose and back itches start to pop up. ;)

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  11. I would. :) I'm not shy at all when it comes to things like that.

    taiyouryu(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway! I think you're the first person who said yes to my question!

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  12. Ahhhh it hasn't been that long since I discovered your work, and I'm always eager for more. Your art and your writing are both so well thought out and alive!

    I think I could model nude...but only in front of strangers and with a notarized guarantee that there were no camera phones in the room. In today's society you have to take precautions as to just how many people you are exposing yourself to, because the internet never truly deletes anything.

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    1. You're totally right about the camera phones. Back when I was in school, camera phones weren't so prevalent yet, but occasionally a student would ask the model permission to take a photo if they wanted to continue working on their painting after class ended. As far as I know, this never resulted in any problems.

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  13. I'd have to say-they need all the respect they can get! I wasn't a nude model for a school, but in my photography class we had this theme called 'fetish', and one guy's fetish was the side arch of a woman topless (like, you can see her back and yet her breasts by her tilt, and he preferred a small frame so you can see shoulder blade) And a week before we needed to have our pictures displayed, his camera was opened by his little cousin, so most of the pictures were ruined (we needed like, 10-15 per project) And so he asked me, even though I'm a guy, to do some quick poses (I was kinda wishing he was bi, but haha he had a girlfriend) So I took my top off in the classroom and I did all the poses he asked, even doing some silly ones (because hey, 24 shots per film lol)
    In the most awkward scenario....I got hard, and I wasn't sure if he noticed but he kept wanting me to arch to get my pose and I kept shrinking my hips back so he wouldn't see, but eventually he was able to get his shot without showing much of my chest but still being in his theme.


    The silly thing was, when he was displaying them, someone thought he had a bare shoulder fetish XD


    So yea, that was my half an hour of being a upper nude model, can't say I was fully nude but it was fun, and he was really cute (wish I could see him naked ;D But sadly I didn't do 'fetish', I had to do fricken nature.)

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    1. Wow, that was an interesting story! And yeah, if I were a guy, I think my biggest fear about modeling would be inadvertently getting hard, since i've seen it happen.

      Haha, too bad you couldn't have the guy return the favor for you. ;)

      Oh, don't forget to include your email address if you want to be included in the giveaway!

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  14. Ah, no I don't think I would. :)

    Anzu

    anzumerlin at mail dot ru

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  15. Hmm if it was for art school then yeah why not?! I mean the class would have to be mature enough to not go whipping out their phones to take pics but yeah I'd do it! I agree with u and having respect for nude models. Depending on the poses it takes a lot of muscle strength and patience.., tho I don't have much muscle strength lol but I would certainly be honored if asked to ever model for a class' and not only that it would be an experience not everyone is able to get! Tho I'm sure guys modeling nude have a harder time if a room full of girls were starin at him :P but hey even a gay guy full of a room of guys.., but I think thatd be very very fun!! Muwahaha lol

    Whether I get this book or not (would love it if i did never won something like this before o.0 haha) I prob am going to buy it anyways, it sounds very intriguing and like it has a good plot!


    My email is Harufinder801@gmail.com

    I wish u luck with picking a winner! :)

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  16. On the one hand, I don't have a problem with posing nude. Nude is how we came into this world and how we're going out (to paraphrase Job - unfortunately), and the way I see it, anyone who has a problem with that has some deep psychological issues.

    On the other hand, the size of my dick is... inadequate, to put it lightly, and since it's one of the things I'm most self-conscious about, I don't know if I'd want to subject myself to the judgment of a room full of strangers. I don't even know how things are going to work out when I get into a relationship. I suppose that makes me a hypocrite, then. Oh well.

    ithrowbarrelsatplumbers@gmail.com

    Incidentally, my 20th birthday is next Thursday, and I'd absolutely love to have a steamy gift to curl up with from the author of one of my favorite webcomics. :3 Just sayin'.

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  17. Nope, too self conscious...maybe if I still had the body I did in college...but I didn't like how I looked then either!

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  18. I would do it, but these art students would have to be ready for my after babies body. I have the stretch marks to show off all my hard work lol. If they can handle that then I'm willing to take the rest of my clothes off. I'm always pantless so I'm already on my way ^_^

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  19. Oh dear no! I'm far too shy to do that, except in fantasy of course.
    I'd love to read your book though - it sounds wonderful.
    Please add me to the drawing
    Sue

    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

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  20. I have always wanted to try modeling for an art class, but I've never known where to go to actually do it. Please add me to the drawing, my email is novaleta@gmail.com.

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