Here's something I've been thinking about for quite awhile, but finally got to sit down and write about it. I hope it doesn't come off sounding too douchebag-y, but if it does, just bear with me, because I've got to drop a beat here.
I think people have misinterpreted my intentions (and maybe those of other similar artists) a fair bit over the years, as far as the reason why I draw some of the things I do. As you can imagine, it's all been pertaining to rule 34. As soon as I choose something that's close to a lot of people's hearts as a subject (probably because it's close to mine as well, imagine that!), I tend to 'hear from people' about it to some degree. Now, I don't know exatcly what other people's motivations are to draw this kind of thing, but for me, it tends to be a combination of lust, humour, and affection for the source material. Please take note of that last characteristic, as it's very important. In a lot of cases, the process tends to go something like this:
I develop a lot of affection for a character -> they make me 'feel funny' in that 'special way' -> I draw dumb porn of them
I guess a lot of people must use porn as a way to deride and 'ruin' a character or franchise, but that's really not my intent when I draw stuff; as I said, I have nothing but affection for these guys, and of course I mean that in the platonic as well as the sexual. I'm just a weirdo who finds cartoon characters hot for weird reasons, okay? I love them just as much as you do, I promise. I bear no ill will toward them or you.
Sometimes I wonder if it's people's generally-negative views of sex and sexuality that cause all this unneeded upset over porn of their favorite characters. They seem to see sex as demeaning, demoralising and even abusive in its own right, and I think that view is horrible and damaging on such a fundamental level that I can't even express it adequately. Is this how you see your lover, or anyone you do choose to think of in a sexual way? Do you imagine yourself demeaning, sullying and harming this person in the cruellest of ways every time you make love? (consentual fetish play aside, of course ;P) As someone with a highly positive view of sexuality, I find it difficult to imagine what relationships, or life itself, must be like with this in the way. It truly breaks my heart.
*sigh* Okay, I guess I'm done now, I don't even know if this is coherent. =/
7 years, 11 months ago
15 Jul 2011 10:46 CEST