hi! if you’re referring to this post i said i use medical anatomy books and websites for reference, and that i still have trouble stomaching looking at irl gore…. so i don’t know where this is coming from! (medical anatomy books are largely illustrative and not photographic)
however i am not sure if i entirely agree with you! first of all IF i could stomach the stuff i would not use irl gore as reference for “little fetish drawings”, bc most of the stuff i like can’t happen irl (ie. person enjoying disembowelment), but rather for actual fight scenes or stuff that is happening in a comic. how do you think seinen comic artists draw blood, broken bones, etc? they can’t just go “oh, i think this is what it looks like” because who the heck can just draw an anatomically/medically correct amputated limb off the top of their head?!
reference is very, very important. i understand where you’re coming from and i know you mean well, but this is how people learn. doctors in the middle ages didn’t know anything about the human body because they weren’t allowed to dissect cadavers, and so many people died because they didn’t understand what was going wrong. that’s why there was the rise of “resurrectionists” aka body snatchers who stole bodies from freshly dug graves so they could actually look inside a human and understand what went wrong, and how to fix things. this is obviously very wrong and disrespectful to the body and the family despite the ends, and so here we are in the 21st century, where bodies can be willed to medical universities and they are treated with utmost respect, as they should be, and the next generation can learn how to treat even more illnesses.
that kind of got away from me bc doctors =/= artists but the base is the same, i believe. to learn how to draw something you must use reference, there are no short cuts. where you find that reference, i believe, is where you are finding fault in the ethics, and i agree with you on that. i personally would not recommend going to “”“shock”“” sites even if it could help bc imo that stuff is exploitative and rubs me the wrong way. what i’ve always done is look for things from a medical and educational point of view, or if you’re looking for specific injuries even realistic fake cadavers from certain episodes of crime dramas. Bones has the most realistic cadavers, imo…