Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Another Side Note

I'm back yet again! But this time, I just wanted to share a couple of neat, art-related things I found.
First, the more serious matter.
J. Kirk Richards posted a blog about his opinion/reconciliation of being an artist who portrays nude figures and being a faithful member of the LDS church (which, if you don't know, is very much against all things pornographic, and encourages a certain modesty among its members-- as a side note to this very long parenthetical statement, if you wanted to learn more about my faith, the LDS church, you should visit this!).
Anyway, as mentioned previously, I began my art studies at Snow College (SUCH a great school!) and took a nude figure drawing class there in my last semester. As awkward as I was feeling beforehand, I felt that it was important for me to learn to draw people excellently, and that it would be a good experience. I had no idea how much I would come to love it and view it as a sacred experience. What I love about what Richards says is that I have tried to explain my point of view to some extended family and friends before and have used some of the same arguments almost word for word. He says EXACTLY what I feel and think about the nude figures of art. The only thing I'd like to add is that I have a respect not only for how the figure looks and hinges at joints with skin over the whole thing, but for how muscles and organs like the eyes and ears work, for how amazing our blood circulation system is, and for the fact that a bunch of intricate bones, muscles, and organs help to house not only our incredibly amazing brains, but our immortal souls. What a beautiful thing each and every human being is!! Ok, end rant. :) Just go read what Richards says.

Secondly, some fun!!
I never knew that there were still hand-painted movie posters, especially in New York. How insanely incredible are the crews that get this stuff done?! This blog post finally reveals one of the brave guys who does this for a living that you never knew about. So awesome!


  1. A bunch of my friends have been posting about this. Very nice post critiquing the obsession that modern Americans (including mormons) have with nudity (and covering any and all up all the time, no matter what!). If we all just chilled out a bit, it really wouldn't be that big of a deal.

    Let's all try to stop the insanity from continuing in the next generation...

  2. Oh Sheri I just love you so, so much and it makes me happy to see the thoughts that go on inside your head and know that they are so very similar to mine.

    1. I'm not sure I'd call it an obsession, Dan, but I do agree in thinking that in general we could do better at not making this so taboo that it's almost scary to discuss or think about. But also it's very sacred and to flippantly uncover bodies in inappropriate ways, times and places is just as wrong as being over zealous about covering every inch of our bodies.

      Oh my dear April! I really miss you! I love you right back, and I'm happy our minds work together so well. :)