To understand why artist do these things with comic book anatomy we should look at the source. So say hallo to Chris Hart! Now according to his bio at the back of the book from which this lovely gem featured it says that Chris “is the world’s best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books.” You heard it first people, he apparently outsold Preston Blair, Eric Goldberg and Richard Williams. “His books have set the standards for art instruction (…) with 2.5 million copies in print in seventeen languages.” So regarding the fact that he has like 80 of these books, I’m gonna say that each sold like an average comic book today. And yes, that’s his entire track record, how-to-draw books!
Sorry about the long intro about Christopher Hart last time. I didn’t know you already have some posts on him. This one’s from “Drawing Cutting Edge Comics” on the subject “Classic Heroine Body”. Listen what he has to say: “And, don’t overlook this fine point: Her shoulders should be wider than her hips (…) It won’t make her look masculine. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Wide shoulders and wide hips, connected by a narrow waist, are extremely sexy.” It’s true, that is one sexy corpse.
I often talk with friends about potential Escher Girl images.
This is our conversation from last night:
Me: This is from a “how to draw” book apparently.
Friend: This is what not to do then?
Me: … no.
Also, what is with all these “how to draw” artists and being so frightened about making women look “masculine”? FFS, I think there’s some serious insecurities and projection going on. Oh my god, if you don’t give her a broken spine, random high heels, battle thong, super long pelvis, and gravity defying boobs, people might be confused and turned off!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH It turns out I NEVER put up the scans I made of Christopher Hart’s “how to draw” books! I thought I did! Time to correct this. >:\
Let’s start with him teaching us how to turn heroes into villains.
I love how the male hero gets more clothed as he turns evil. In fact, he gets SO clothed, you can’t even see his face! But the female hero starts losing chunks and chunks of clothing. I guess we should be thankful she didn’t end up with battle thong, or maybe she will if she gets even MORE evil! (And the guy will have another 5 layers of armor.)
Edit: Other good points from the comments:
- She gets heels when she turns evil, because we all know high heels = sexual woman = evil (her lack of clothing also plays into that.)
- Her fall is described as being from a “traumatic event” which is in contrast to the male hero, and goes into tropes of women being hysterical, emotionally fragile and whose mental and emotional state must be carefully controlled.
- She goes from white skinned and blonde as a “good girl” to non-white, with frizzy hair (and before it turns orange, it gets progressively darker) as the evil girl.