I recall drawing this to celebrate my freedom to draw whatever I want without being criticized by a bunch of professors from my alma matter’s art department. However, I don’t think my preference for drawing scantly clad women was entirely the issue. The problem was selling stuff like this to the art faculty. This was especially evident when one senior art major was able to get away with splattering paint on canvas torn off of wooden frames, simply because he was able to “sell” the concept to the powers that be. Someone who worked in the same studio mentioned it only took him approximately 30 minutes to complete each piece. I don’t recall seeing more than four garbage paintings hanging on the vary limited wall space we called our gallery. In contrast, I had 36 small-scale illustrations like the drawing shown above on display.
Could I have gone without an undergraduate degree in applied visual art? Perhaps yes! I’m daring enough to quote Gerald Celente and call an art degree what it is: A degree in worthlessness. Why? I’ll attempt to answer this question with another question: What use is an art degree in the fields of technology or medicine? Student loan lenders should ask prospective art majors the same question before subjecting them to debt. Engineers, doctors, and nurses probably won’t have a hard time paying off their student loans. I can’t say the same for someone who spent four years learning how to paint.
Art is something that is subjective, meaning that beauty is in the eyes of beholder. The teaching of art should be limited to assessing the mastery of technical concepts, how they are applied to communicate visually, and not measure if visual content conforms to what is popular or politically correct. At no point should artists seek approval from others, rather, artists should utilize all available resources to make their work available for viewing. This doesn’t mean showing work in galleries. The Internet is vast and there are plenty of communities, such DeviantArt and ModelMayhem, where aspiring artists can show off their work, invite feedback, and enjoy some praise.