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Im sharing this around because its something I feel extremely strong about. I wont sit idly by and let good artists be strongarmed into feeling jugded, second guessing and self censoring (removing from portfolio) their own work.
If you feel that way, my message to you is this:

Fellow artists,

I received some really troubling PM's today. Please don't feel you need to self-censor your work if you enjoy making pinups / sexy girls. Don't remove it from your folios, and never, ever, second guess what you enjoy spending your free time making. Especially don't feel judged because you appear to not be a champion of a cause of any kind. Regardless of how prominant of an artist you are, or where you work in our industry, your free time, is YOURS. Feel free to express who you are, NOT who other people think you should be.

Your eternal friend,

Hazardous.
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laurelobrien Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
I think there should never be censorship, but I also think artists should examine in themselves why they make what they do! Just because it comes naturally to them doesn't mean it isn't subtly sexist or bigoted, that is kind of how those things work. There is an absolutely ridiculous amount of sexy women in 3d and digital art (and actually... old masters' paintings too!) who have no other trait other than their T&A. The artist may be appreciating the female form, or mean no harm, but often this is from a male artist who has never had to seriously think about the reason he draws 2-dimensional sexy girls, but all his men have personalities or classes or end goals. After all, this paring-down of women exists in PROFESSIONAL game art, I don't blame men (and even women) who are learning for learning a bad lesson.

Make what you want, don't let anyone censor you. But sometimes criticism is not the same as censorship, and self reflection is important. :) That is my opinion.
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hau Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, man.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Your welcome :)
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well said! It'd be nice if everyone could just get over their judgments and let others be happy.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Yeah agreed, I mean people dont HAVE to like each other, they dont even have to agree with each other. But we should respect each other at the very base level - at least thats what makes sense to me?
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Man Troy, I walk around with zero fucks given all the time, more artists or people should also have that attitude.

If there was a machine that dispenses fucks, I would own one and will mod it so that it'll never give a single fuck.

Like,... what are those people gonna say? Boo my opinion? They can eat a chode.

It's like WHOA thanks for the answer that I never cared to ask in the first place, like who are you?
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Oh I have this attitude, this post isnt about me.

My blood boiled when a couple of good artist friends have come to me saying that they would rather remove work from their folios than deal with the fallout or have to defend why they have chosen to make sexy female characters. They arent just some random shmucks, but some of the best-I-know artists.

That they feel like that..because of this movement, and thats bullshit.
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
we should 'sunglasses on all the time'.
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Hel-su Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You sir, deserves some tokens of awesomeness
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks haha!
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OiMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot to be said here but I'll keep it short ;). Not just 'good' artists as stated above, but any artist shouldn't self censor. However, the world at large judges everything according to their own moral compass & where it points so no 1 can escape judgment. It is how the artist allows such judgment to affect what they do that matters. I say give censors the finger cuz' it isn't their time, love & effort going into the work. It the artist's time love & effort alone. I started drawing pin ups before I was even aware that other artists made them lol. I don't plan on stopping just cuz' some peeps don't like it. Don't like it? Don't look!!!
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On anything remotely sensual . I'd fight it ever turn So yeah don't let those bigots and moral religious police win .
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Theyll never take me alive thats for sure.
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm well getting hazed by some religious nut or anything remotely sensual is noting new , they can re-frame it as Political correctness but you can smell that christian shit a mile away particular if your an American it usually takes on the same religious dogmatic tone and condensing self righteous in the text . Just it not Socially proper to call it by it true name . Delete it and move on don't let it trouble you
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Oh I am unmoveable on my stance. Believe me, this post wasnt even about me, it was artists coming to me saying they are removing their work to avoid any backlash.
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yeah right on
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Phantasm-D-Lagosa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is why I love the fact that DA allowed favoriting journals. This is great advice, through and through.
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DaftLunch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student
Ditto. Lovely feature and great advice :)
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks :)
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LeviGratton Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Good on you.
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Zero0Ichi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that, pal.
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Shinnwar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Totally agree dude :) Appreciation of the feminine form, even if it's seems sexual in nature is just that, appreciating feminine beauty.
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TangoMIK3 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you that's all =) means a lot
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Np :)
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Skapanorn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Self-censorship is silly. Looking inwards and asking yourself: "Why do I do it this way?" should be every artists job to ask themselves all the time though. I hate this unquestioned "sexy ladies are just sexy ladies, get over it herp derp" because something is inherently wrong in an industry where ladies can only be sexy, or they are worthless. Yes it is fun to create beautiful people. I do it all the time. I prefer to draw beauty. But there's no reason you shouldn't question yourself on why, what's the purpose for this specific character, when you do it. I've seen way too many times that people tend to create beautiful women, only to create a vapid woman with no personality. She's just there to be ogled. Why do that? Who is she? Why did you draw her?

I don't know, I guess I feel it's just about seeing the potential in the characters you're making, rather than just farting them out and going "yep, that's good enough". And this goes almost only for female characters. Most male characters seem to reflect their personality in their designs. Female designs are so damn often just there for tits and ass, and personality is kind of stuck on them afterwards.

It pisses me off, I'll admit it. But I don't see how censoring yourself helps anything. Just question stuff. That's all. Keep arting out and doing your thing and do what makes you happy, just don't do it without question.
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hm.. don't know if male character reflect the personality of there designers , there pretty generic to extremely generic Call of duty crew-cut marines , they lack personality (Think there is to say a bias that for Euro-Western culture , at least American culture it perfectly alright to be a Pretty attractive male and have a personality and character or exaggerated archetype . While try to do the same thing with woman and every religious right/left wing group is out to lynch you from a tree for the evil and to save someone from evil . And deeply believe that "Sexy " is Evil). I know the USA is like this , Not sure about your country of Denmark you guys escaped the clutches of the church if I am correct ).
I've come to realize if your selling to a large audience most of what you get will be crap so if so Reality tv and 50 shades of gray have huge audiences woman but wouldn't say the characters have any personality yet the audiences for this primarily woman. Or simple pornography for men thing with very little complexity that sale quite easily . So mass produced stuff typically is well garbage with no need for depth . Just cultural got society that value men regardless There no stigma on male attractiveness , plenty on woman so nothing evil about lusting after jacob , but lusting after bella your going to hell in the christian circle here in the states.

I Can make a female character full of personality and sexy and pretty add a story (I personally love those character) . Trying to survive the modern capitalist process is a whole other issue though . In the USA there a secondary problem to contend with a population who believes all sex is the worse form of evil and dark and nasty and force that causes all evil and turn men into rapist (Getting fired from a job for saying vagina on tv) . With a Long christian history of seeing any form of sensuality in woman as a sign of the devil and religious revivals and chants.

Think a major problem is Pure capitalism is a horrible way to make characters you like .Could make character like that one with a fully developed personality , Might have big boobs but is more than just boobs . history and what not it really not that difficult . Finding an audience is who want a sexy attractive character with personality and character development can be if your dealing with publishers , and your religious censorship fanatics

But if I was working for one of these publisher who only care about Maximizing profits first thing they would ask me "WHO IS MY TARGET AUDIENCE AND WHAT IS THE MARKETABILITY OF THIS CONCEPT " Say my character fit a setting that not the typical dark gritty miserable AAA Game , or LOST American TV show s(WELL IT A GREAT CHARACTER BUT IT NOT PROFITABLE NOT Marketability) . Even if there was an audience for it , Might even have a stable profit margin(I believe there is ) ,They might argue it pointless because that audience it doesn't scale to the correct profitability margins of there organization and tell you to fuck off . Since it not enough to be "Profitable < but you must be "Super Profitable" lol.. so yeah it does suck (Or how they take a well known or beloved character reboot them as an excuse to sale out and make it as generic as possible lol..). So I can bang my head on a wall or go out on my own and try to sale it to a niche audience who want that character .
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crispychaney Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
tis very true, you wont please everyone so you may as well create what you enjoy otherwise there is really no point. If others dont like it they should just move along and keep their opinions to themselves
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful message of encouragement and truth!
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks!!
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Shadyra Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:headbang::headbang::headbang: you rocks man!!! thanks for your words!!!
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Your welcome!
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WhatTheDerp Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing this is very encouraging! I'm not a great artist by any means but seeing this will help keep me going!
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Go go!!
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grafikimon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Art is an expression of thought if someone doesn't like the way you think then they can, as my mom would say, go to hell. They can easily enough turn on filters or watch the artists they like. Draw what you are inspired to draw.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
:D
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NB-DanTE Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
100% with you dude, all what you said is right , thanks
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
:)
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Renmiou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
"Especially don't feel judged because you appear to not be a champion of a cause of any kind."

This I'm particularly grateful for you to say.

On the other hand, I'd be surprised if you got this particular critique: you've been championing a sharing attitude for who knows how long, sharing your techniques, inspiring aspiring artists, telling them encouraging things (Never too late to practice! Just practice and you'll get better! There's no secret recipe! etc.) and generally being open and available. I can't think you could easily put this in a sculpt, but you do stand as an example through your CONSISTENTLY decent and honest behaviour.

And what the heck, you make plump girls, not sticks. That's got to count for something, you're promoting a healthier standard (and nice hips!).
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you, really means a lot to have female supporters!!
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Namyi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a beautiful message, I find it difficult to express myself the way I want to because I'm scared to be judged.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
please dont be, its really heartbreaking to hear it. Let yourself fly.
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Namyi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying not to be influenced by others but it's difficult, I never really had anything who supported my artistic side until my boyfriend came around.
My father used to say that I was wasting my time drawing, that I would never achieve anything with it.

But I'm trying to prove him wrong by doing what I like and I'm currently studying to become a game artist in the future.
Thanks for the encouragement, I'll work hard!!
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Artist
The best motivation ever is when everyone is telling you you cant do it. Especially when its family. I had same thing with my Father :) now i make more money than he has ever made in his life. You can do it!
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Namyi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true, it would feel like a real achievement to just prove everyone wrong!
But sometimes my motivation wavers after a lot of setbacks, how do you keep up your motivation?

Despite having a weak body and being ill a lot of times I try to work as hard as I can but my teachers also put me down.
They only approach the negative aspects and never really encourage me or give any positive feedback.
All they see is my absence from college and not the many hours I put into projects at home.

Maybe someone who is ill 50% of the time isn't suited to work as a game artist.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artist
[link]

Read this if you havent already :)
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Namyi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that does open your eyes! 0____0

Basically it's something everyone knows but looses sight off somewhere along the way. I need to work for myself, unless I want this it will never happen.
We all need to put time and effort into making art to get better and keep improve.
With all the setbacks it discouraged me and made me loose sight of what is important, I like doing it and I am doing it for myself and NOBODY else.

Thank you really! C:
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Your welcome :)
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Vir-Norin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for a such great and inspiring post. It's twicer important for me since 2 days ago my work was blamed in a such way. And what is the most worst thing - it wasn't even a pin-up or nude girl, it was just a likeness sculpt (not very successful) of a male (in a shirt, no nudity, just a portrait). I wrote a small comment about this under my deviation and I don't want to repeat my own words, but simply put - I was shocked how rude some people could be. I agreed that my sculpt has many flaws and my likeness skills still low, but people still could judge about amount of work that I have done and give me some recommendations etc. But the only comments that I've received is that he is totally weird and looks like a gay or scarecrow, and I should delete it and keep my art far away from the Internet. And it was a main Russian 3d portal which slogan is "we will help beginners to become a professionals, and we will help professional to find a good job".
Fortunately, the more critique (especially not argumented and offensive) I hear - the more I want to create. But this is sad when a crowd of angry people destroying an enthusiasm in beginners soul.
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Stay persistant man, and stay true you can overcome it :)
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ChronicRift Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
This doesnt really apply in dA, but I don't know if its just my distorted observation or something, but whenever I go to a 3D forum (polycount or cgsociety) or something, I get this feeling that eastern anime/manga style type of art is discouraged. Mainly its just a few vocal forum goers that are turned off by it but personally for me I absolutely love anime/manga and most of the 3D stuff I work on is stylised around that. (I absolutely love your 3D Miku and for me its the highest standard of example I can direct to for great anime-like 3D character model)
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