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    Learning Anatomy from porn?

    Is this a good idea? I dont mean hardcore things, but single woman pictures, you have all kinds of positions, and all kinds of bodies, so it seems to me like a very good idea, but i wonder why ive not heard so much of this idea before.

    What is the upsides and downsides of this ? Iknow it cant compare to live models, but why does so many tend to want to learn anatomy from books and etc, when you can learn it by actual real peoples bodies.
    Ps. im no pervert ^^
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    Heh I had the same idea, but now I have a life model every morning, so..
    I guess there are no real downsides. But if you compare it to drawing from books: in books the drawings you study are usually prepared in a way to get a point across and make you understand one or another aspect of the figure.

    I suppose you shouldn't LIMIT yourself to this type of reference, though. Drawing from life will teach you most. And reading the books, to understand.
    Hm and usually the poses indicate pretty clearly what type of image it is. I don't know if you want to have your portfolio full of porn-pose drawings in the end?
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    whatever keeps you going man!

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    *cough* just don't get side tracked.
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    it's where i learned my drawing of the female figure. i love to draw beautiful women and getting a model can be a pain at times, so i'll use erotic photos or draw from tv. try andrew blake films. mostly women in good lighting and good poses when you pause it.
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    You'll get really good at drawing implants.

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    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1813 (18+) theres this site metart my errr friend told me about it.. yeah thats sounds beleiveable but they have great poses and lighting to draw.
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    www.kindgirls.com si a good "fine art" website for nudes but its all basically softcore porn. It still has good reference though.
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    of course there is a downside, your trying to study 3 dimensional form from a 2d photo which flattens everything out. not to mention the lighting guy on the porn set probably isn't thinking about the best way to light those forms so that you can understand its true shape.
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    Check out Hong Ly's photos at characterdesigns.com, he's got great studio quality shots with strong single light sources.
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    Yes you are a pervert, shameless.

    The problem you'll run into is the same as if you were trying to learn portrait drawing from fashion magazines. The lighting in both is meant to remove any "undesirable" lines, bumps, and shadows, and unfortunately that also removes all sense of form. Also the girls are airbrushed to no end and the poses aren't exactly natural.

    If you want to study anatomy from magazines, I would suggest using fitness and sports magazines instead. The people are practically naked, but the whole idea is to show off the muscles, and they always have little schematic drawings that show which move is working which muscle and you'll learn more actual anatomy.

    And you won't go blind, that's always a plus.
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    I look at adult images and fitness mags. I don't see any down side to it. All bodies are made basically from the same parts, bones and muscles are the same in everyone, so if you understand the basic figure a photo can show you a different way of modifying it even if the lighting isn't ideal. Pretty girls all tend to look alike anyway, if you can draw generic pretty girl#2 you'll be fine.
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