I recently got a message, and I will slightly reword it so as not to cause profane friction, nor will I state who it came from, but it read like this: "Why is everything
you post regarding a woman? I think it's very
sexist when the only thing you can draw
are breasts and buttocks like it's the only thing in the world."
Okay, so by now, if you haven't been watching me for a good minute, you know that I really like to draw women, and I like portraying the female form, usually and often in a tasteful manner. I could hypothetically end that question there and just answer "I wasn't aware everything
in my gallery was a woman or had breasts and a butt" and then post a picture or two of Rai Rivet
... But I'm not going to do that. I'm going to explain my stance on drawing the female form and my adoration for it.Disclaimer: None of these viewpoints are from a sexist POV just 'cuz I'm a guy. I'll try my best to keep a neutral ground on this.
First off: I think women are friggin' beautiful creatures. Some aren't that fortunate, but you know what I mean. (That goes both ways, there are some sexy dudes out there too, but not every dude can be Brad Pitt, jus' sayin'. It's just that the threshold for male sexiness is much lower than the threshold for lady sexiness.) They are elegant. Mainly walking pieces of art. They stimulate our minds by just the oft chance of seeing them, even if you're not focusing on them. A straight female will even be smitten with the particular shoes another lady is wearing or really appreciate another's figure.
Hiding that in my art? Why would I? If someone's an appreciator of something, it'll show. And that's how I show it, of course.
Secondly, I draw in an anime fashion, and usually the first thing you think about when it comes to anime is fanservice and characters with straight-up boobs+butt only bodies. Though I appreciate the anime genre highly, I don't always agree with the specific body types portrayed in some of them. People who watch my work notice that I give my female characters more realistic and varied figures (even though folks like that person who commented thinks they're all just TnA just cuz there's a bunch of female pics in a gallery), and that I usually would like to mix it up. I'm sure it's one or two people out there who think I draw big boobs on every gal
, but that's just mere gainsay. Though I have a preference for curvy types, even my skinnier and petite frames tend to have a bit of a curve to them. It's just my style.
Thirdly, I'm married to an awesome (and aesthetically, an awesomely-figured-like-my-art) lady who appreciates and understands basically the whole paragraph above. She knows I'm not buying into a specific agenda where it promotes sexism. It's definitely more of an appreciation. Plus, I know I disclaimed earlier, but I am a guy. I just like sexy stuff. Though there are girls out there who are just as into that stuff so...
Fourthly, this whole uprising with the "unrealistic poses in comics". Yes, I agree with the context of a situation in storytelling that woman shouldn't be posed sexy "just because" when they're doing laundry, of course. But lighten up. It's all fiction when it really comes down to it. Lighten up. Take it easy. If you have an issue with it, don't read it and read comics that don't do it. Comparingly, if you have an issue with my gals, don't view them and view other artists that you don't have an issue with. S'all good.
Fifthly, it's because I want
to draw them. I mean, I can, can I? (There is a such thing as free will, right?) It doesn't discredit me as an artist, does it not? Yeah, a lot of people can get away with just drawing boobs and butts and have no underlying principles underneath the boobs and butts and may get a spike in popularity. So let them. They'll get their fanbase, and they may even be comfortable with just that. At least I know my $#!% and learning many other things on the side. And at least I know that it's not the only thing I can draw... cuz you know, everything
I draw is a tit... >__>
Whoever is challenged with the feeling of being ostracized because you like to draw women over dudes, don't feel ostracized. But don't rely on it, either. Boobs and butts will only get your car started, but it won't take you to your destination. Practice everything else having to do with art, too. Backgrounds, Perspective, Lighting, Value, Form, Contrast, Composition, Storytelling, etc. Practice it while drawing girls, so what! You're learning! Take yourself seriously, but don't take yourself seriously in that manner at that point. I didn't. Definitely make your portfolio more varied, but if you're having fun, well fuggin' have fun.
And I call BS on few people in the industry telling others to draw only stuff other than women and very little amounts of women because really, it's either a) they can't do it well themselves and b) half the people already IN the industry does it. Just make sure you can show you CAN do other things, but don't let that change what you want to do for fun. A lot of cats I know stopped drawing because they were pigeon-holed so much about this subject that it killed their spirit and just gave up. If you're good, the people who have jobs in the real industry will know if you're good enough. Even though you like to draw women. Just look at Chris Sanders. The man is awesome.
And Pin-Up is fun as a genre.
I rest my case.