Guys, seems one of my oldest Fairy Tail pictures just went down for the count, assailed by the policy of dA. (Do any of you even remember how that one looked like at all? I mean, just a naked Juvia on a sea floor, badly drawn too mind you)
And weirdly, I'm unsure if I should laugh instead of feeling even slightly ashamed of it all.
You see, my "Deep in the blue" was removed by dA approximately an hour ago or so, because; A member of staff has reviewed a report concerning this deviation and has determined that the character(s) depicted in a nude, erotic or sexually compromising situation are established as being under the age of 18 in their original context.
Okay, let's do this pointedly. For one, I am not making any excuses for myself. Yes, I drew Juvia Lockser naked - I happen to be very fond of the human body, and enjoy drawing it - and yes, I know it's stated she's a 17 year old fictional character. (For those who're wide-eyed and confused, just look up Fairy Tail)
So that might be an issue for any of you. Not for me, but it's not up to me to decide.
I don't scream at casual nudes. The naked body is as natural as breathing the air, and what is better to use for art than something perfectly 'natural'?
I'm against child porn, not casual nudes.
What makes this look a tad bit humorous to me, is that the character in the picture I made is not a minor. By my country's law, that age's set to 16. And Juvia's 17. I know that differs around the globe, but hey I worked by my constitution's laws, and you can never please every last person.
Either way, that's not the main point. The main point is that it all feels a little hypocritical. On this website, where you needn't even put in a search tag before you find art that I can only deem to be akin to child porn, you choose to target me instead. You take down a picture that despite its nakedness, is all-over rather harmless in comparison.
And I feel the need to say as much. No, I'm not out to whine and cry and demand my picture be restored again. What I want, is for the dA admins to really wake up and smell the smoke, because there are worse "artists" out there for grabs. There are much worse pictures out there, which aims only to be sexual, with no care for anything else. We see stuff that goes against the policy all the time. I've seen it - we've all seen it. Fictional twelve-year old anime girls completely nude with their legs spread. Badly taken camera photos of some user's genitalia in order to get attention. 'Banned fluids' going fricking everywhere in photos as well as drawings.
But I want the line of appropriate to be drawn more prominently. Something less half-hearted. Less contradictive.
That is what I want.