A Naked Selfie

Not of me. 

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Keeping Up with the Basics

It’s important to practice figure drawing once in a while, just to stay fresh. Since models aren’t always easy to find or afford, sites like this are fantastic to help artists keep in practice. I spent a couple hours creating gesture drawings today. Since the point was to study anatomy, not make a pretty picture, many of the drawings aren’t worth sharing. Here are a few that came out all right.

Eleven and a half minute study:

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Thirty minute study:

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Two minute study:

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Censorship Ruins Everything

My freedom to express myself is precious. Today, I closed my Etsy shop and stayed off Twitter. I was a proud participant of the blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA. Other participants were Google, Reddit, Etsy, Pinterest, Imgur, WordPress, and Wikipedia. This is a big deal. The Internet is very important to my career. If these bills pass, I will no longer be able to show my work directly to my audience. If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years, you know I feel the Internet is the creative person’s best friend. Please take a moment to sign this petition. If you have a couple minutes, call your Senators. Our freedom of speech is at stake.

NSFW

NSFW means “not safe for work”. It is often used as a way to label images of naked people. I agree that nudes are not safe work. In fact, looking at anything that isn’t related to work while at work is not safe to be doing when your boss walks in. Even Hello Kitty is not safe for work. I do not agree with the fact that more art shows, galleries, and websites are refusing to exhibit depictions of nudes. The contemporary art world is becoming more conservative than the Catholic church. They’ve had public displays of nudes for hundreds of years.

The following images are NSFW, but they are safe for home, teenagers, and any toddlers you may have looking over your shoulder. You know why? Because they are art. Stop being such a fuddy duddy.

For Not. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Work. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $125.00

Safe. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Sleepy Nude

I’ve worked with a lot of models in my life. The one thing they’ve all had in common is they were tired. Something about staying in one position over an extended period of time makes the body shut down. It makes sense. Below are some drawings of a nude falling asleep. The majority of his poses were ten minutes long, some shorter.

Sand It All Down

This large oil painting was just sanded down and will be shortly painted over. I should have photographed it pre sanding, but I didn’t.

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The only part I’ll really miss is the belly.

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Soon this painting will become something so much better than it was.

Pear Shaped

Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go ’round.

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Pear Shaped. Watercolor paint on paper. 6.5″ x 4.25″.

SOLD

Naked Girl

The model in this piece refused to pose nude because she had found out she was pregnant earlier in the day. I respect her choice. However, if posing nude is something motherhood changed, perhaps she should never had become a model to begin with.

As artists, we trust our models are not ashamed to be nude in front of us. That is why use the word “nude” and not “naked.” Naked implies a vulnerability. This was a person I had drawn without clothes many times before. Knowing her preganancy made her stop modeling made me feel as if I had not being drawing a nude woman in the past, but a naked girl. I felt betrayed, in a way. This piece properly reflects our mutual guilt.

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Naked Girl. Charcoal on paper. 18″x24″. 2005.

Unframed: $100.00

Another Nude

This was drawn in front of a live model.

Pretty in Pink.  Charcoal and conte crayon on paper. 11″x17″.

Unframed: 50.00

Natural Purple

It’s not dyed.

Natural Purple. Watercolor on paper. 10.5″x14.5″ (26.7cm x 36.8cm).

SOLD

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