How come sexy pin up drawing of girls is acceptable as professional work, many categorized under concept art or straight up pin up illustration, but drawings of hot male OCs, or illustrations of sexy dudes with homosexual subtext ought to be considered shameful and a guilty pleasure for the female artists?
Like I’m aware of this fact but somehow I still do it. I have some pin ups, half or full semi-erotic female nudes in my illustration portfolio but I’d never consider putting my naughty drawing of dudes in there. Why? Why do I instinctively perpetuate this trend even when I know it exists?
Even on tumblr where there’s a big presence of female artists, when you see illustration blogs and inspirational blogs that feature professional artists, more than half of the posts will include sexy or objectifying illustrations of female characters, but there is little to no titillating illustration of male characters. We all know they exist, we know plenty of talented female artists have that side porn blog to dump all their naughty drawings of hot dudes, some of them featuring dicks practically everywhere. Our self indulgent drawing of hot dudes (regardless of whether it’s erotic or homosexual or neither and very tame) is mostly hidden away like some sort of dirty secret while many pro artist in the comic book industry can make a living with portfolios consisting of mostly hot chicks in skimpy outfits and anatomically impossible poses.
this is something i’ve struggled with as an artist. I remember back in high school, I had some really good pieces that had semi-homo erotic themes and pieces of nude men, but I felt ashamed of showcasing that. even now, im hesitant to post my nsfw or semi-nsfw stuff up for the public eye.
I’ve discussed this with my peers in my class every time- my prof would show several amazing artists (almost all of them were men) from around the world and their online portfolios. Almost all of them had some sort of figure drawing/ sexy pin-up section full of ladies in various states of undress. This is all because guys are dominating the industry right now and have been doing so since forever (by industry I mean comics, concept design, storyboards, animations etc). Even in my sequential art department, only 3 out of 13 professors are female. I think it just goes to show that since the industry standards have been and are set by men, the mindset of what’s “professional” is set by what pleases the male gaze. The only real way to change this is for women (and male artists as well!) to push our sexy male pin-ups into portfolios and our work, into the bloodstream of the industry until it’s prevalent enough to be considered just as professional as female pin-ups.