Self Censorship and Feeling Judged.
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Published: March 11, 2013
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's avatar
laurelobrien|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's avatar
hau|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, man.
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HazardousArts|Professional Artist
Your welcome :)
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JoelWhite's avatar
JoelWhite|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|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|Professional Digital Artist
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|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|Professional Digital Artist
we should 'sunglasses on all the time'.
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Hel-su|Professional Digital Artist
You sir, deserves some tokens of awesomeness
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HazardousArts|Professional Artist
Thanks haha!
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OiMonkey|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|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's avatar
HazardousArts|Professional Artist
Theyll never take me alive thats for sure.
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OceanwaveII|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|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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yeah right on
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Phantasm-D-Lagosa|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's avatar
Ditto. Lovely feature and great advice :)
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HazardousArts|Professional Artist
Thanks :)
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LeviGratton's avatar
Good on you.
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Zero0Ichi|Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that, pal.
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Shinnwar's avatar
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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you that's all =) means a lot
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HazardousArts|Professional Artist
Np :)
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