Hello, I’m Raul Trevino, and in this channel, I share life advice for creators, and today, I will talk about the nude in art and the benefits that it can bring you when drawing it. I’ve been away from the channel, but I’ve been active, and you’ll know this if you follow me on Instagram. I’ve been sharing many practices in my stories, drawing on paper, and experimenting with different techniques. And today, I will share one of them. The audience of this channel is 18 years and older. However, 6.8% are between 13 and 17 years old. The human body is the most natural and most beautiful thing on earth, but this is not for me to teach you. So if you are a minor, please close this video or ask your parents for permission to watch it. In fact, I’m not violating the YouTube community guidelines, there is a video where YouTube says that nudes for artistic purposes are allowed. If you want to check it, you can click on the link above of this video to watch it. The drawing I’ll make today, I did it without any previous sketch. Although I have in front of me a reference photo of a model, I’m practicing to draw directly with ink to not being able to erase what I’m drawing. The last videos I uploaded were from the special comic series for Webtoon, where I give advice not only to publish on that platform but to make your comics. Click above if you missed them. One of the reasons I have been drawing many nudes of different complexions, races, and sexes is to improve my ability to draw my characters from the stories I write. One of the things that inspire me a lot is to draw the human body. It’s an almost hypnotizing feeling when I see it and try to translate it into the paper. It happens to me when I go even through the streets of Japan. I always try to capture on paper something that catches my attention. The human body is expressive by nature. It contains an extensive range of emotions and beauty in its different forms. When one as an artist focuses on this, the morbidity and any other sexual thoughts disappear. It’s about understanding how the body works and extracting the expression of it to capture it on paper to arouse emotions. It is unfortunate that the human body, especially that of the woman, is seen as a sexual object, their breasts have come to become it; however, it should not be so.
Fortunately, on YouTube and Instagram, they have behavior guidelines in favor of artists. So if you think that on these platforms, you will be punished for drawing nudes, worry not. It’s allowed as long as the context is not sexual or pornographic, but academic or artistic. For an artist who draws it, it is a tool to express universal truths or to address ideas or concepts that unite us as a species. A body can transmit vulnerability, innocence, human values but also peace and beauty. Among many other things. One as an artist, to try to understand the body, sometimes we see it with geometric, cylindrical, spherical, and other ways to understand it while drawing on paper. Capturing form, light, and shadow, volume, and anatomy are the main things that I’m passionate about extracting from any human body. And for that, we need to perform representation and creativity exercises to improve our artistic ability. I don’t consider myself an artist who draws realistically, because other artists of antiquity have made great efforts to study the human body, such as dissection, to examine the human anatomy to achieve artistic precision. I like figurative and expressive art much more. I want to interpret what I see with my vision on paper and play with it. As I’m doing it now. Although I must confess that the female body is much more attractive to me to draw because I consider it more dynamic in its silhouettes and shapes. Characteristics that cannot be found in men. And I’m one of them, but I tend to explore the unknown. The body of a man I know well because I’m a man. And although the male body is also beautiful, I prefer to draw in different complexions, and older people instead of well-built body models, who seem less attractive to me to draw. Don’t take it wrongly, but honestly, I prefer to draw natural athletic bodies, instead of bulky bodies grown with by going to the gym and steroids. I would prefer to draw an old man or an old woman with flabby skin and wrinkles a thousand times more, but there are not many options in the network to perform specific studies. At least not that I know of. Although I once took an intensive workshop of anatomy in Toronto, and it was great because we were introduced to several live models posing of different ages and sexes, an old man, gentlemen, ladies, and young girls. A wonderful workshop. That was quite a few years ago as of 2009. But recently, I have gone to live drawing sessions with a live model here in Japan. Here in Tokyo, it’s about forty minutes from where I live. And it has been a phenomenal experience because obviously, it is not the same to draw a model from a photo than to draw a model that is in front of you, right? And well … I found it sensational because, in those sessions, there are many different models. There are Mexicans, from New Zealand, Austrians, French, Japanese… go for everything. Elders, schoolgirls, for example. Dressed as schoolgirls. You can draw them like this with clothes, go there are different types of sessions. There are models with outfits and nudes. The live drawings are split into two sessions, for example, there is a session of body gestures where the model is changing position every five, ten, or every twenty minutes. Then you practice your body gestures, which is very important to develop your artistic and anatomical understanding skills. And there is the other session that is longer pose sessions like two, four, or six hours. Of course … with twenty-minute breaks, go … it’s the same position, but every twenty minutes, they rest so that the model doesn’t get tired, and we can stretch from time to time. And it seemed phenomenal to me. I have learned a lot. Lately, have been very involved in drawing body gestures in the morning, drawing some anatomy every day, and well, this has brought me many benefits such as more ease and feeling more confident in my strokes. As a comic book author, knowing anatomy has helped me a lot, because I still need to imagine my characters naked to draw them. So practicing anatomy and body gestures is crucial to make our characters charming and that our readers can see them acting naturally.