I've been drawing from a lot of figure websites. Stuff like lovecastledraw, and pixelovely, and similar websites like that. While I appreciate these websites, I feel that these websites lack certain subjects, genders, etc. In regards to gender, it isn't that hard to realize that on the internet, the VAST majority of figure images and references are women. In fact, I would say that a good 95% of figure images on the net are women. Websites like lovecastle draw have over 15 female models for display, but there is only one male model for the most part. Even at my local university figure drawing class and at local figure drawing sessions, I have only had a male model 2 times out of the 80 times I have been to figure drawing sessions from what I can recall.
Needless to say, I can draw women much better than I can draw men. The irony here is that I am a male, but I am more familiar with the female figure. I'll be honest - I am tired of drawing women, and I hate limiting myself to that form.
The other big problem too is the fact that I am only drawing adults - Sure, drawing an adult body gives you more insight into muscles, anatomy, motion, etc due to the fact that adult bodies are large with anatomy being more pronounced. So lets move on to the main point of this journal - I want to draw children, and draw from images of children. Unfortunately, there is a big problem that really, really irritates me. There are NO references or images of nude children ANYWHERE on the net as far as I am concerned. At least not any decent ones that are appropriate for drawing.
And why is it that we don't have any images of nude children on the interwebs? It is because we start crossing the line between art, and pornography, and as everyone knows, viewing, or possessing child pornography is a crime that can land you in jail. Obviously, we have child pornography laws in place for good reasons - Children are too young to become subjects of sexual manipulation, and by viewing or possessing child pornography, one directly supports the abuser.
I am perfectly fine with anti-child-porn laws, but the biggest problem I am facing is that ANY depiction of child nudity is considered offensive by some, and is removed from search engine results. You literally can't find any picture of children suitable for figure drawing anywhere because of strict laws in countries and states that discourage the idea of nudity, even moreso for nude children. But hell, you can find a thousand images of nude women. . . fucking great.
Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK. The issue of nudity in public has always been an issue with self-righteous ditto-heads who attempt to censor nudity in any, and every type of form from everyone because their way of life is so much more holier than everyone else's - THAT is what pisses me off.
In a nutshell, NOT ALL NUDITY IS PORN. Some of us draw from nudes for educational purposes, and we don't need you self-righteous censoring morons from declaring your sense of superiority over our work. When it comes to children, NOT ALL IMAGES OF NUDE CHILDREN ARE PORN. Maybe YOU get turned on by images of nude people, feel embarrassed, and feel the need to compensate for your lack of sexual control, but don't do it by censoring it from others to make yourself feel better.
Sorry, that obscure rant isn't going to get me anywhere, but I had to vent about it somewhere. Tell me what you guys think about the issue.