TRSE: How To Draw Tutorials:
Nudity can be quite a touchy subject, but if anyone
really want to become more advanced at drawing the anatomically correct
Animanga characters in many different poses including the martial arts
poses, they may have to overcome any issues they have with nudity and use
it as a drawing tool. In spite of any cultural/religious disputes out there,
there SEEMS to be a difference between natural nudity and pornography ("hentai/ecchi").
I will talk about the nudity and how it's portrayed and used as a drawing
too, but I can't encourage nor discourage anyone to draw nude people. It's
their own decisions on what they wan to draw.
Nudity as a Drawing Tool
Natural nudity is an example of changing clothing,
taking clothing off to take a bath/shower, sunbathing (tan saloons), and
skin dipping. The girls in bikini and boys in trunks or those thin thingies
are considered semi-nude which only specific parts have been covered. The
great examples are aboriginal ("primitive") people of hot & sunny areas
of Australia, Amazon Basin, Pacific Islands and Africa where they walk
around half-naked (sometimes fully naked) as if there're nothing wrong
with that. Of course, we have many toddlers running around naked because
they're too innocent to realize that they should be wearing some clothing.
Oh yeah, think of Adam and Eve of Bible's Genesis where they were
just happy with themselves before they were exiled and we have the Aphrodite(Venus),
the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love commonly depected as a nude woman.
Pornography (ugh!) is any material (as books or photographs)
that depicts erotic behavior, and is intended
to cause sexual excitement as quoted from the Webster's Dictionary.
The good examples would be all of those dirty porn magazines or videos
where the people (female or male) expose/show off their private parts or
engage in erotic behaviors ON PURPOSE. Even pictures of clothed people
can be considered pornographic especially when they're engaged in erotic
behaviors. "Hentai" and "Ecchi" are the Japanese terms meaning "perverted"
that has been somewhat corrupted to apply to any Animanga-based pornographic
materials (very common in Japan!). Some people tend to consider "Ecchi"
as a tamer/cleaner version of nudity while hentai was applied to dirty
versions, but "Hentai and "Ecchi" are the same regardless.
The nudity can be also used for humor purposes as in
case of classic Japanese comedy Lupin III manga (despite Lupin III's
typical lustful advances).
|| When we look
at all of the things out there like flowers, mountains, rivers, buildings
etc. and we often say that they're pretty. The same thing can be said for
the human bodies that many artists attempt to portray as beautiful objects
not sex objects. That's why we have so many nude paintings and stone sculptures
coming from the artists of Ancient Greeks (like famous Aphrodite of
Milo statue to the left), Romans, Renaissance, ancient Hindu India,
Ancient Kingdoms of Egypt and many other cultures where they were portrayed
as beautiful objects or for information/mythogical purposes. I have seen
many examples and I thought them to be pretty and well done especially
when they're behaving naturally. The cultures and religions tend to be
a big influence on the artworks and what is considered natural nudity or
pornography. For example, in some strict Islamic countries, a bare female
face can be considered pornographic while the bare female breasts are bit
common sight in some European beaches are bit common sight, therefore,
not considered pornographic. That would explain why nude artworks are common
in Europe while virtually absent among strict Islamic nations.
Very funny scene of Lupin III escaping from the police after sharing
a hot springs with a female spy.
In some cases, the nudity can be used to represent
innocence or purity and the best examples are Usagi Tsukino becoming the
nude angel, her purest form at the end of BSSailorMoonStars and
innocent Chi of Chobits waking up wearing nothing but bandages who
have not yet learned that she's supposed to be wearing some clothing. See
the examples scanned from the first volume of Chobits.
Android-like Chi wakes up and she's completely innocent
as if she was a newborn, resulting in a very humorous shot of Hideki's
reaction toward naked Chi. He was not used to having a cute girl like Chi
and it was very fortunate for Chi that Hideki has a very good heart in
spite of his porn collection. In fact, when Hideki gave her the "Chi" name,
Chi happily jumped and hugged him just like a happy toddler hugging a father
or a brother. Nothing pornographic in my opinion. ^_^
I can't encourage nor discourage nudity drawing as
well as the fact that it's possible to draw any clothed characters without
going thru the nude phases, but if they could get used to nudity and be
familiar with the basics of human anatomy, they would actually be able
to use the nudity as a drawing tool to help them draw the anatomically
correct people/characters in various poses including combat poses. Naruto,
Rouruni Kenshin, Ghost in Shell and Alita the Battle Angel
(very advanced!) Animangas are good examples of many combat poses. Such
tool had been used for GIF-Dolling, fashion designing and even designing
of video games & computer animated movies. Look at the Doll GIFS before
Many people especially fashion designers, KISS Doll
("Digital Paper Dolls") Makers and "GIF-Dollers" find it fun to build the
bases (nude characters) to be used for creating different characters in
different clothing. Adding "extra details" to the bases are optional, but
they tend to provide more precise arrangement of the clothing. You can
go thru the Links
leading to Doll Websites to see more examples.
||Add some clothes
Drawing the nude figures can make it easier to draw
any people especially those wearing swimsuits, superhero(combat) uniforms,
and tight clothing as well as being mindful of how the positioning of the
arms and legs affect the layout of the clothing. For example, drawing the
legs connected to the hips before adding a skirt would make the legs really
look like they're properly connected to the body. Let's take a look at
the examples how I draw the nude people before adding the clothing to them.
After drawing the nude bodies first, it becomes easy
to add the clothing like bikini to Cinna (girl in the middle), and shirt
& trunk to Bismun (man to the right) and even a dress to Larima (girl
on the left). Notice how Larima's long skirt is shaped by the posing of
her legs as she sits on a boulder. It's possible to draw the clothed people
without going thru the nude phases. For example, I have developed time-saving
techniques to "mass-draw"(tons of pictures) the Sailor Senshi in my BSSailorMoon
fanfic mangas without having to go thru the nude phases unless when necessary
beside the fact that I tend to add the skirts after drawing the hips and
legs first. ^_^;
By learning to get used to the basic nudity without
"scorning" it as pornography which is applied only to arousing sexual behaviors,
anyone would be able to become familiar with the natural human anatomy
in order to efficiently draw any anatomically correct people especially
those wearing swimsuits, tight clothing, or drawing the clothing in respect
to their limbs and body poses like martial arts.