This is a very good drawing but if you were going for something other than sexual assault, you weren't quite successful at depicting it in a clear way. You can draw whatever you want and even if you did want to draw that sort of material that would be your decision and I wouldn't give a care. But in the interest of critique, it definitely does look like it didn't come out how you might have intended. A part of it might be that we can't see the mouth of the girl-- her eyes just say fear/panic/struggle, and if that's how you read the face, then everything else about her body language looks fearful/not consenting, as well. Just thought I'd let you know.
Expresses a lot of technical skill, but the first thing I thought was that it was forceful. But there's a mature content warning, so people shouldn't complain, and there's way worse stuff on DA. I mean, look at yaoi.
Perhaps, I just looked at the way he was holding her, and it looks gentle. But yeah I guess it can be read as she's scared. But she might just be nervous...I'm not the artist...I don't know what the artist intended. That's just how I saw it.
More I look at this drawing, than more I'm convinced that there's nothing bad in it. They seem a simply couple where he wants to "wish" her a Happy, hot Christmas at the wrong time (probably there's something is burning in the oven...) and maybe in the wrong place, judging from the hint of landscape behind. In short, the balcony is cold at Christmas!
Dude WTF. People don't "want it" based on their dress. Try heading down to your nearest counseling center and telling the rape survivors there that they should have "put something else on". That they wouldn't have PTSD symptoms from being forcibly violated in the worst way by someone they previously liked and trusted if they "put something else on". Attitudes like yours promote what is known as "rape culture" where actual victims of rape get dismissed and never see justice because of people saying they "asked for it" somehow, be it dress or behavior. Just don't say shit like that okay? And better yet try not thinking that way. Women aren't sex objects they're -believe it or not- actual people
I thought at first you were being sarcastic in your title and that this scene depicted a sexual assault. I scrolled through the comments and saw other people have pointed this out already, but I think it's interesting to you as well to see how differently people can look to a drawing.
I see a pinned-down arm and a reluctant face, closed legs and she just seems to be wriggling around trying to get loose, turning away her face from his. To me, her expression seems more panicky than enjoying. But his face seems rather gentle, and his hand doesn't seem to be holding her tight.
This is why I got kind of confused, and I see now that you did not mean to depict it the way I saw it at first. And I can see another story now in it, too.
But I think this should give some food for thought, or future reference, no?
Don't get me wrong, I am not criticizing! I don't want to offend you, and I never said your intentions were wrong or whatever. I think this is a beautiful piece of art, and I like it becáuse it doesn't have the standard-everything's-all-right scene.
I was just expressing my thoughts about this piece, how it can convey different messages just by the way you look at it I think this has to be interesting for you, too?
I think I can understand if you get defensive, but it is really NOT my intention to get you angry or anything. I just find this an interesting piece, because it is not as conventional as other couples act in drawings. And I think you should totally keep this up. As I said, it doesn't look like assault when you look at it for a longer time, but there are interesting things happening in this drawing you don't see too often anymore. Which is good.
I was just wondering if this is interesting for you, too (it would be for me), but I think, according to your reaction, I struck the wrong cord. For that, I am sorry. I hope you read this the way I intended it to be.
I want to preface my comment by saying I love this. I agree with the others in that the shading/lighting is fantastic.
But to play devil's advocate I can also see how someone might find the need for a "mature theme" content filter here. Just because some people (even the artist) look at and don't see "rape," doesn't mean that others won't. Art is interpretive to those regarding it; not everyone will see a vagina in Georgia O'Keeffe's blossoms...
At the very least this picture depicts dominance. Her arm is pinned down, he's cradling her head (which display "distressed" eyes) and his massive body is looming over her.
I or you or ton of others may find it sexy or appealing... but for someone who HAS rape issues, this could definitely be a trigger. Just saying.
But again, I personally love this piece and can't wait til *aenaluck's next. Just my two cents.