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Dustin Cooper
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a graduate from the Art Institute with a Bachelor of science in Game Art and Design.

I hide cats in a lot of my work. Good luck finding them.~

Sexuality In Art On DeveiantArt

Thu Sep 15, 2016, 8:31 PM
So I've written about sexuality in art a few times before due to conflicts here on DA and in pop culture like Video Games, but it still seems to be a hot button issue in so many ways.

I decided to give the DeviantArt rules a real good look after some complaints about my art (a lot were most likely trolls) and groups that cite DA's rules rejecting my art, one group going so far as to tell me they were removing the previous art of mine they had accepted.

I've found that DA's rules on mature content and what's acceptable to upload can be rather vague, occasionally conflicting and don't seem to be fully enforced.

Rules like FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content? and
FAQ #23: What are DeviantArt policies on nudity? are kind of confusing as it leaves nudity open for interpretation.

"All images containing nudity must be tagged as Mature Content upon submission."
"While not all nudity requires a tag, if your work displays a penis, testicle, vagina, (female) nipples or anus you should assign this tag."

Conflicting rules like that have caused me a few headaches with groups before. Everything seems to indicate butts are not necessarily mature content but (pun intended) I don't want to tag art that isn't mature just to be safe as it cuts my audience down if the art is not intended to be "mature".

Are these mature?
Until Dawn - Sam by CatCouch Diminishing Candle Triptych by CatCouch Toriel Pin-Up (Undertale) by CatCouch

Not according to this clarification:
CEA Blog: Mature Content

This makes PG-13 art hard to post without conflicts since people interpret mature content differently. You have to be 13 to have an account plus there is a 18+ tag for mature work. It seems people assume if it's not child safe it's adult art and then fight me.
Nudity isn't inherently sexual.


Has anyone seen this rule enforced? FAQ #248: Are there restrictions on art using children or teenagers (fictional or otherwise)?
Wouldn't that make sexy fan art of Pokemon trainers prohibited? Wouldn't sexy Images of Rikku from Final Fantasy X and X-2 be a problem? Is my Hilda piece breaking the rules? Hilda - Pokemon Black/White

I really hate having my art fall into a gray area subject to deletion at anytime. Of course, if my art gets deleted so would thousands of other pieces.

What do you think about the rules?
Do they seem clear enough?
Are rules prohibiting sexual art of characters under 18 realistic, even if the character ages up during the source, like Yuna from Final Fantasy X and X-2 or Korra from Legend of Korra?
Should art like my Hilda Pokemon piece be allowed here?

Oh, and my favorite FAQ!
FAQ #303: I'm offended by something I saw on the website!

  • Listening to: Venetian Snares
  • Reading: This Journal
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Rare Replay

Anyone looking forward to No Man's Sky? Procedurally generated galaxies sounds pretty cool for a space exploration game~ 

102 deviants said Maybe later.
59 deviants said Yep! I'll be playing it this week!
51 deviants said Nope. I don't care at all.

Commission Info!

~Commissions are FULL~

Commission Page
CatCouch Commission Info! by CatCouch

Commission queue:~

Slot 1.

:icondarkshadow1302: - 100% Complete

Slot 2.

Sahb - (100% Complete)

Slot 3.

Dillon S. - (100% Complete)

Waiting List:~

1. :iconjanscyther:
2. Kokkinos
3. :iconvelethuil:

My Accounts

Tumblr - (Contains NSFW content)

Fur Affinity -…

Furry Network -…


And Hentai-Foundry!


PSN - MioMayu -

Xbox Live - MioMayu -…





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Cilialove3 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Do you like SOMA?
Icdeddppl Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful artwork ! You are very talented ! 
ARCR-CRic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a very neat gallery, keep up with the good work!
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AsymptoteG Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your artwork, your coloring and shading style is amazing. Keep up the fantastic work! ^_^
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WaffuMonsta Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I once again have the honor to tell you the group B2S will be featuring you extraordinary piece "One With Nature".  You've got such a wonderful style and I'm very pleased to feature your work again. Keep up the hard work and congrats!
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Michal266 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice butts.
FnafFan1632 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student
i only watched you for the sexy toriel
yamihp7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
amazing gallery
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LordStormCaller Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't listen to the haters. Sexy Toriel is best Toriel.
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Kureiyah Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   Digital Artist
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lexxii Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love all your fine art & *NEW Chat Room Now Open :) Thank you xoLexxiiCutieShots
Janscyther Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do... you do collabs
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
What an incredible gallery you have!
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Unidad26 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Am aware you are full at the time beaign but could i ask your opinion on the grey i my gallery? i ask since i liek the kind of shadows you do the play with dark colors and different tones and how you shift them.
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WaffuMonsta Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wah...this is soblike me. Totally forgot to tell you that the group B2S will be featuring
Flirtatious Katt - Star Fox Zero by CatCouch
for the next week. It's been featured since Sunday though *derp*. Sorry for waiting until now to tell you, but congrats and thanks so much for sharing it! 
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