galacsin said: You have a really interesting and educational blog, I have never been into comics much, but your blog is still really usefull even for me. I have a question: Bad boob drawing has plagued the visual arts since forever, but one thing I really don't get is huge boobs with tiny nipples/areolas. I know there are people with such anatomy in the real word, but as someone who have breast/know how diverse breasts are and loves breast I just don't get the widespread appearance of such unlikely thing.
True story - when I grew my breasts, I was absolutely depressed about the shape they turned out to be, and the size of my nipples. I thought I had the ugliest boobs on the planet and the very boobs you describe? I thought that was the default and what is expected to be seen when bras are taken off.
I was so surprised when I started doing art seriously and then got to see a LOT of naked people and, of course, lots of different kinds of boobs, as there were women not only with boobs like mine, but boobs with nipples bigger than mine, in different positions than mine - there was a kaleidoscope of variation.
Since then, I try to put variation in boobs in my work. Pointy boobs, round boobs, heavy boobs, light boobs. I think the reason why the globular, tiny-nippled version of the human breast is so popular is because that’s what was painted in the classic paintings, and when Hollywood and the porn industry happened, those were the boobs that were sought out the most. When they got body doubles, those were the boobs they wanted to see.
There are a lot of unlikely body types that get overly represented in today’s media, including comics. Really, it all comes down to some dude’s idea of sex appeal, and the concept becoming memetic and viral.
I think being as diverse as one can be whilst drawing characters in one’s comics is the best course of action for any comic artist out there. It lends credibility to the world you create, it makes the maximum amount of readers feel included in that world as a result, and when including that diversity in the lead characters themselves, it gives depth and interest to the character you’ve created. You may even create something someone will become deeply invested in. You never know! If people can be excited because a comic hero wore glasses, or had black hair, or was skinny at some point in their lives, who’s to say that someone might not bond to a character because they had the same boobs as them, and for the first time, they felt like their body wasn’t something to be ashamed of?