Pregnant Nude – parental guidance

14 Jan

14 pregnant

I was lucky enough to be able to draw a pregnant model a few months ago. It’s a rare chance and I’ve only worked with one pregnant model before, some years ago. However, I’ve had huge problems getting these works seen. Nudes are contentious anyway but there seems to be particular discomfort about naked pregnant women. I don’t know why. I think she is beautiful and joyful. I’ll probably use some of these drawings as the basis for full colour monotypes. Here’s a 15 minute sketch in dip pen and ink, brush and wash and conte crayon in white for the highlights onto a tinted sugar paper.


13 Responses to “Pregnant Nude – parental guidance”

  1. nigelzbrooke January 16, 2013 at 18:32 #

    Well, why do people wear clothes anyway. Well, for hygiene, for keeping warm, and at certain times but most of the time there is no need unless you believe in the dictates of church and business leaders, the world over.

    But don’t take my word for it and if you think I am being weird may I direct you to the site on YouTube of the OMO tribe in Ethiopia, possibly among the most beautiful people in the word, who seem to spend most of their time stark naked, men, women and children, lolling about and decorating themselves with flowers and paint for no better reason than to decorate themselves with flowers, paint, oh and plants and veg.

    The paradox of life is this. Those who have power and wish to maintain power are corrupt and self-aggrandizing at your expense. What kind of order is that ?. Those who wish to overthrow this order are generally not although there is always the possibility that yet another power-mad leader can arise in their midst as happens in cults.

    There should be a revolution; usually there isn’t and it’s unlikely there will be. Even the French revolution in France and Cromwell in this country were succeeded by the restoration of the monarchy and the bad old days came marching right back in as though they had never been away.

    So Here’s Rule No 1 for life.
    If you don’t like what you are doing, stop it … now.

    Rule No 2
    Do your own thing, be yourself. What would the point of your having been born to be merely a pale photocopy of everybody else’s expectations of you – your parents, your partner, your children, your family and relatives and friends, society.

    Rule No 3
    Do not come and sit at my feet for more revelations of the blindingly obvious. If you ever do, you will have missed the point completely. I will never be a leader as a matter of principle but you will always find me friendly.

    Now draw, paint or sculpt that !

    Good luck !


  2. I love the drawing. I haven’t done life drawing for ages so this has inspired me to think about getting back into it again.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 19, 2013 at 16:52 #

      Ohn please do go back to mlife drawing – it’s a marvellous pursuit

  3. allesistgut January 15, 2013 at 16:47 #

    I like your drawing. I wish I could draw people so good as you can. Have a nice day!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 19, 2013 at 16:52 #

      Thank you – it’s practice, practice, practice….

  4. Hansi January 15, 2013 at 15:44 #

    Nice drawing

  5. kestrelart January 15, 2013 at 00:46 #

    Parental guidance? Because nude or pregnant? We live in a strange world. I like your sketch but why are you above her?

    • Rosie Scribblah January 19, 2013 at 16:55 #

      I put parental guidance on anything that might cause a problem in America. I’ve had my work banned from American sites because unfortunately there is a different attitude to nudity than here in Western Europe. MySpace, Photobucket and Facebook all have a problem with nudity, but so far WordPress has been ok as long as I suggest ‘parental guidance’.

  6. Helen Cherry January 15, 2013 at 00:10 #

    I cannot imagine why people are uncomfortable looking at pregnant nudes.. seems crazy because they are so fully alive..

    • Rosie Scribblah January 15, 2013 at 00:17 #

      Absolutely, but the only exhibition that accepted my earlier work was a women-only show for International Women’s Day a few years back.

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