...Because I never realized it was such a big deal, but might be a tiny
problem with me selling prints at cons. ...Whoops.
In fact some of you may never even have noticed.
But I do draw the little "lump" on a male dog that keeps his manparts hidden.
Why do I do that? Especially since I'm so adverse to drawing anything even remotely sexual?
Well, it's because of the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, really. I thought that movie was AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL, and in that movie the animators actually included his sheath, and I thought, wow, that's mature of them. They're not avoiding that part of him because it may offend people. Male horses DO have something there. And it's not an ACTUAL penis (that would be going too far), it's just a lump!Another influential movie here is The Plague Dogs.
...After that, I included it on all the male dogs (and I guess other animals you can see it on, horses...deer, whatever), and it never even once seemed "sexual" or naughty, it was just the lump that makes a male dog a male. I don't draw the balls, you'll notice, probably because I think balls look silly*, but even those can be done maturely (see: PomPoko, the Catbus from Totoro). I personally think adding BALLS to a Sora-dog would be going too far.
But the sheath I never felt uncomfortable about. And if *I* don't feel uncomfortable about it, I figure it HAS to be no big deal. *Or possibly because all my dogs have been neutered, lol
But now I'm being told that sheaths may not be "family-friendly", and I may want to not display/sell anything showing one at a public event...and since so many of my art is dogs, and so many are male...jeeze, I'm in trouble...I don't know what to do. Put censor bars? But that definitely MAKES the sheath a sexual thing, which I don't feel it is.
Now I'm all self-aware and shit...and I'm not having a good day as it is. I think I'm going to go take an anger nap. -_-
But uh, anyway, I thought I might explain why I draw sheaths...since it's apparently not as trivial/unoffensive as I thought it was.
What do you guys think? Are sheaths a sexual thing, or a male/female identifier?
Clearly, Dreamworks got away with it, in a film rated G. ...I think that means it's OK.
Plague Dogs isn't exactly for LITTLE kids, but it's not exactly rated R, either.
Both of these animated movies identified male animals with sheaths.
Also, for the record, ACTUAL dog penises disgust me and I WILL NEVER DRAW ONE, so yeah. Just getting that out there.
I yell at my dogs when they come out. "PUT THAT AWAY THERE ARE CHILDREN PRESENT, YOU HORRIBLE ANIMAL, YOU!"It is funny how thin the line is between OK and EW for me on that part of a dog, haha.Edit:
Here's some examples, so you can see what I'm talking about here --