[quote=Sherlock]When I was an art student I spent hours drawing the human form from live models (men and women). It was not pornographic to do so. The human body is beautiful. Pornography does not take the body as a whole, but typically focuses on specific parts in order to arouse sexual interest.
We had Fr. Loya, a Byzantine Catholic priest and former art student as well, speak at a laity forum here a few months ago. He brought along a nude that he had drawn. He then demostrated the above point by pasting net stockings, high heels, and lingerie on the figure—it was a good illustration of reducing the figure to specific pieces in a pornographic manner, even though the figure in the drawing was actually more covered than it was before.
Also, in order to fully capture a realistic depiction of the human body, you have to know how to draw a nude. Clothing drapes over the body according to what is underneath.
Really in order to draw a good nude, you have to go even further and understand a little basic anatomy also. The muscles and skeletal structure affects how the nude looks and the nude body affects how clothing hangs on the body.
It is an interesting point about clothing making a body more sexual.