AWESOME WOMAN DIAGRAM. (I refuse to call it a recipe - women are not food products, FFS!)
I am so fucking through with Comic World Bullshit this week. Sorry that the sketch is not as beautifully rendered as I would have liked - I fluffed it out on an iPad3 because I’m having computer issues right now.
I could have drawn the Awesome Woman a thousand ways. This is just what felt right to me in my heart.
Original image toonsketchbook. Not linking, just saying so people know who to hate on.
So I just had to join in on the Hawkeye Initiative bandwagon, it’s just so… full of empowerment.
And then I went totally overboard.
Even gave them suggestive captions.
I feel like a predator drawing this.
(but Tony’s face! <3!)
Avengers Assemble!… for SEXINESS.
Tony’s pose and expression rule my world forever!!
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I was researching some cat-based superheroes for a friend when I found this gal. Not as bad as some of the stuff on here, but check out that swivel waist! Also I don’t know if she’s supposed to be swinging on that rope or what. Help!
The original image fails to accomplish what the artist(s) set out to do in several ways:
Problem #1: The only cat she looks like is this one:
She has none of the charm that cats have. Her mask is practically a recolour of the costume that Halle Berry wore when she played Catwoman, and I hated that costume for the same reasons. Halle Berry is a pretty good actress and very attractive, and not even SHE could save that terrible outfit.
Aside from the mask, there’s nothing evocative of cats in the entire design. It’s all just boobs n butts. impractical shoes, and a silly cape in case you forgot that you were looking at a superhero. Also, pumpkin orange all the way, with no distinctive markings anywhere like what you’d find on a cat.
2: It’s tasteless.
I’m a connoisseur of boobs and butts in the same way that I am a connoisseur of filet mignon. I mean, it’s beef wrapped in bacon! How can you screw that up!?
Just pull out the raw meat out of the wrapper and throw it at my face.
Like any dish, the enjoyment factor is inseparable from how it is prepared and served. Throwing boobs and butts in the faces of your audience with no thought for presentation is repugnant and an insult. Even a strip club is more than a parade of nakedness, no matter how tawdry. There’s a performance, a level of tease where the performer will make the audience think she’s going to take off a crucial article of clothing but move on to remove something less revealing, leaving the “best” for last.
3: In the mad dash to boob-and-butt their way to victory, they forgot what the characters were actually trying to do.
Her pose completely disregards physics. If you swing from a rope, gravity and centrifugal inertia will pull you towards the end of the rope. If you’re holding on with one hand to counteract this tremendous force, your arm will naturally stretch out until your elbow is straight.
But because they didn’t straighten her arm, it communicates that she’s completely without mass.
The cape doesn’t even follow the direction of travel along an arc. The fact that it’s fluttering upwards shows that she’s falling downwards even though the rope is taut and she’s on the up-swing.
It’s like they reused the pose of a cowboy riding a horse trying to lasso a steer.
So here’s a redraw:
This is simple upward foreshortening. I could have chosen downward foreshortening, but I wanted her to feel like she was swinging from a height. So I made it so that we are looking slightly upward at her. Too much foreshortening would make her head puny and her legs massive.
I also made it seem as if the attachment point of the rope is at an area high over the viewer’s head. This is as if she’s swinging around the building that the rope is attached to and we’re viewing her from inside the building.
2: Less bonk bonk bonk in the pose. Smooth it out.
The old pose had no unity. Arms and legs bending this way and that. She’s not cactaur.
I aligned her left arm, body and left leg into a continuous flow that stemmed from the rope. Her right leg merely extends that flow while the bent knee of the left leg puts it more in line with her left arm.
3: As Edna Mode says: NO CAPES!
In addition to being dangerous liabilities, cats don’t wear capes unless their soon-to-be-scratched-to-ribbons owners attempt to put them on the cat. In character design, and ESPECIALLY with superhero design, you gotta stick with the theme of the character. It’s a creative limitation that will make your design stronger if you work with it.
So I gave her a cheshire cat grin, more cat-like ears, a haircut that changes the silhouette of her head to be more similar to a cat’s, upper eyelids with an inward slant, a collar with a bell on it, changed the cowboy rope to a big ball of yarn, and even gave her a sort of jacket with big chunky paws and a tail.
If I wanted to give her other accessories they would be things like milk bottles and maybe some knitting needles and a fluffy sheep sidekick and cat toys or at the very least, have some sort of cat-theme to it. It’s really easy to come up with this stuff once you have a theme to lock on to.
I always love your redraws so much. :) They’re great learning tools and are both funny and informative.
I like the redraw, but I could do without the comparison of women’s bodies to filet mignon. Advocating a “Correct” amount of objectification is not in my interests as a woman comic artist. Sorry.
Other than that, the redraw is sound. The issue of the costume comes down to taste, of course, and I don’t comment on that.
Anonymous asked: I'm feeling a little hopeless tonight. Marvel is coming out with a book called Fearless Defenders, starring nine female heroes, but of the two preview pages they've released, one is almost entirely Misty Knight breaking her back to show her boobs and butt. I went on CBR to voice my disappointment and after three pages, not a soul has agreed with me that this is fucked up. Am I crazy for being especially mad that this is the direction they're going with this book?
No, you are not crazy. It is madly offensive and you have every reason to be pissed off about it. The whole structure of our society is geared to tricking, silencing, shaming and abusing the less privileged into silence. Don’t feel bad that the script that has been trained into you since birth is one you’re following, that’s not your fault. We all do it, cause we all want to go through one day without feeling the weight of anger, hurt and fear.
You did speak up, and that’s where it starts. We need to continue to speak up, all of us, again and again and again. It must be like the rain, so that we give birth to a torrent, which then courses into a flood. You cannot have the flood without the raindrops.
Let us all rain down, wash this shit into the sea.
(30mg of codeine for severe cramping has made me poetic, y’all.)
Shorter version: You’re not crazy. There’s plenty to be angry about. Sexist fuckers are everywhere. Let’s rip this shit up.
ozziescribbler asked: I know you made one of your earliest posts about it, but I believe that the topic of painted-on clothes deserves a big post that points out a few pieces of artwork from different people. The way "clothes" wrap tight around women's breasts in comics is one of the worst offenders. I'd love to see you correcting comics which believe that instead of forming folds and being pulled by gravity fabric is supposed to glue itself to cleavage and underboob area, all of that without a single seam. Love you!
I actually have a special large post devoted to that coming up, as well as Subway Sandwich Thighs, and a couple of other comic art standards that drive me up the wall. So don’t worry, I’m working on that.
I’m on a committee at a local convention to do art for them, and I’m also up to my eyeballs in commissions, so if you’re wondering why it’s taking so long, that’s it!
I love you too. Fer realz. <3
I’ve been staring at this panel for 15 minutes and I still don’t understand
someone who can draw please help me understand
I’m so confused
perfect mystery solved
That panel does get something right. That is amusing.
FORESHORTENING, HOW THE FUCK DOES IT WORK?!
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Dear Mr. Harris,
This is all I have to say to you and your hideous, backwards attitudes:
We don’t need your permission to be considered as legitimate fans. Women and Comic Artists/Writers are not two mutually exclusive categories. For example, I am a woman, a cosplayer, a comic artist and a comic writer.
I will go to conventions, wearing what the hell I want. I will BE a comic artist and writer and professional, despite the attitude prevailing in the industry that you share, that somehow my only job is to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of comics while having the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, existing solely to either metaphorically or literally suck the dicks of men like you. I will exist, I will thrive, I will make friends and enjoy my fandom and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. Continue to impotently flail and make an ass of yourself on the internet, please. Your BroTears are delicious.
In conclusion, please go fuck yourself.
Nerd Girl Nacey.
(Happy Cosplayer, Passionate Artist)
Edit: I don’t know why that link is in there to the ad. I didn’t put it in there. Is this something new Tumblr are pulling? If so, I don’t like it.
Quick redraw of Jim Lee’s cover/illustration for the new Man of Steel comic. I kept the proportions but I straightened out his neck and body a bit because…it was really weird before. Also, my version is jump-roping.
Nacey: You know Supes would be mad-good at the jumprope shit. Like, he could do a million of those fuckers, forwards AND backwards.
Thanks for tackling Jim Lee! He’s hugely influential, and I have a lot of respect for the work he’s done, but at the same time, he’s also done a lot of ridiculous shit.
Like Superman bending his neck like a bucking stallion here.
Just shooting off a quick message to let y’all know where I’ve been. Life got a bit hectic (family issues, cat getting sick) and I’ve been having intensive therapy for my pelvic health problems (physiotherapy) that’s had me pretty busy. My lovely boyfriend has also had a pretty intense time at uni, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with him, getting him to relax. And taking photos of a lake near where I live. Been heavy into that.
I’m gearing up to pick up the crow-quill again, though, so get ready for some awesome shit. I’ve been saving up a stock-pile of some pretty horrendous drawings, so prepare yo-selves.
I’m also laying the groundwork for an Indie-Gogo campaign to help me raise money for a proper studio. All my computers are falling apart and can’t handle intensive graphics work, and doing my art on a computer would save SO much time with my workflow. With my limited energy due to chronic illness, digital is a great way for me to get my work out without having to go through the rigomarole of set-up and put-away. Having a functioning work-space will aid with that too. I’ll let you know of the details soon.
The main cool thing about the campaign is that some new art from me will be available, and I’m really excited about them cause they’re gorgeous: Elemental Mythical Beings. All women, one each for the four old elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, FUNK— sorry, Water). Anyway, enough of my hawking, I just thought I’d let you know what’s kept me busy! :D
Take care and I’ll see you in the next posts. If you’ve seen anything you really want me to cover, lemme know.
Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about the competition, it’ll be my first thing to cover when I do the next posts.
Anonymous asked: I don't know if it's because I'm not a "tits-and-ass" man or just because I find myself attracted to women and not just oversized depictions of various portions of their anatomy, but I've always found comics displaying more realistic women kicking ass way hotter than ones where they just stand around showing it. If only the rest of the industry would follow in your lead, I would be a very happy man. Keep up the awesome work!
Hello, Anon, and thank you so much! A lot of people seem to think that by depicting women realistically, that somehow attractiveness is sacrificed. I always think that the attraction to a character comes with what they do on the page, rather than what they look like. Also, by depicting women in a more respectful manner, one ends up using a lot of attractive details that get missed out with bad, cookie-cutter “sexy” art.
Ideally, drawing women with respect is geared towards making women feel inclusive, but fellows like you that also find this approach more attractive and there-fore support it are appreciated. I look at it as a fringe benefit!
Check out these exclusive preview sketches of the upcoming AVENGERS (2012) #1 by Jerome Opeña! What are you excited to see in Marvel NOW?
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by JEROME OPEÑA
In Stores DECEMBER 5, 2012
OH. MY. GOD. LOOK AT THIS LINE WORK. LOOK AT IT. HOLY SHIT I CANT.
Indeed. If one ever wanted an example of how to do women right in comics, or just doing comics well in general (superhero especially), this is a glorious example. The Black Widow isn’t pulling dumb poses. Her hips are a tad drawn back in the shot with her and Hawk-eye, but not ridiculously so. The anatomy is solid, really solid, and not ridiculous. Those teeth at the end really rock my socks cause they’re not, well, Liefeld teeth. *^_^*
Gorgeous, GORGEOUS work. Marvel should be proud of this effort. Now, put more POC and minorities in! :-D
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