Today I have a serious topic I'd like to discuss. Drawing the female form, naked. I think for many of my watchers, you all will note that I have only one nude illustration in my gallery and that is completely out of my normal style. It was something that I did while I was just out of college and was still learning the female form. That aside, I never draw nudes. My reasoning for this I think is pretty simple. I am an aspiring comic artist/hobbyist. I try to emulate the medium I wish to work in as closely as possible while bringing my own flair to the work. While any good comic book illustrator, I'm sure, can do amazing nude illustrations, it isn't what the medium demands.
All that said, when I draw my pieces, I usually start with the form of the figure. Basically all my drawings start out nude and I clothe them as the piece is continued. This was a way that I was taught to draw in college and I think many other artists will agree that is how they do it too. I'm not saying I draw the whole figure naked every time genitals and all but I will draw, for example, each breast before I have to hide certain defining lines of each breast to show there is a shirt on. It helps me position where the shirt will lay on the figure.
I guess my conundrum today is that I have a piece I am working on that I enjoyed the form so much, I didn't clothe her. I felt that the lines I did were pretty cool with how a real figure would be. I just didn't want to put a suit or outfit or whatever on her.
So now I feel like a hypocrite. I don't like it when someone draws a naked figure, calls it Rogue from X-Men, and gets an additional 100 likes simply because they said it was Rogue. On the other hand, I think that this is the danger of this piece I am working on. Full disclosure, I am working on a Supergirl piece in the nude. I never do this and its only because I was so happy with how the form came out that I am even considering finishing this piece. Basically, I don't want to fall into a different category of artist than I am comfortable with. I know a lot of my work is a sexualized portrayal of females, but never outright nude. I hope I walk a good line of keeping things tasteful.
I talked to my fiancee about this and she encouraged me to finish this piece. She, a fellow artist and designer like myself, said that this is tastefully done and that I wasn't doing anything wrong. Especially considering some of the other works she's seen on Deviant Art. She thinks that its good for me to learn and sharpen my understanding of the form. I am constantly trying to improve my work and perhaps a journey into the female form would serve me well.
So my questions for you, Deviant Art Community:
- If I were to finish this piece and upload it to the community, would that change your opinion of me?
- Am I a hypocrite to preach drawing for the job you want, then to do a piece like this?
- Is it appropriate, for this community, for this medium, for my audience?
- Have you had a situation like this before? What were your lessons learned?
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this. I am torn still on the matter. I have no doubt that I will finish what I started due to the love and support of my fiancee, but posting it here, is still up in the air. Let me hear your thoughts.
Thank you all! Your opinions mean a lot,
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