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Attack of the Clones! (Not exactly in the purview of this blog, but I just had to show how Ian Churchill can only draw one female face.)

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Attack of the Clones! (Not exactly in the purview of this blog, but I just had to show how Ian Churchill can only draw one female face.)

Ian Churchill has to be one of the most efficient artists ever.  The two guys on either side of the one in front have the same face.  The three male heroes on the floor have the same face.  And the two female characters have the exact same face.

Ian Churchill has to be one of the most efficient artists ever.  The two guys on either side of the one in front have the same face.  The three male heroes on the floor have the same face.  And the two female characters have the exact same face.



Anita Blake… Vala Mal Doran… Mercy Thompson.
Brett Booth thinks they are apparently all the same woman.
(Also Mercy should get that thigh tumour checked out.)

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Anita Blake… Vala Mal Doran… Mercy Thompson.

Brett Booth thinks they are apparently all the same woman.

(Also Mercy should get that thigh tumour checked out.)

fuck-no-greg-land:

That hilarious moment Jean Grey and Sue Storm and Emma Frost look exactly the same.
Scott, you cad.

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/10634160853/attack-of-the-clones-not-exactly-in-the-purview
Ian Churchill vs Greg Land at UHC (Ultimate Hack Championship) 104! (I’d watch)

fuck-no-greg-land:

That hilarious moment Jean Grey and Sue Storm and Emma Frost look exactly the same.

Scott, you cad.

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/10634160853/attack-of-the-clones-not-exactly-in-the-purview

Ian Churchill vs Greg Land at UHC (Ultimate Hack Championship) 104! (I’d watch)

Greg Land same faces all his characters even when one of them is supposed to be East Indian and the other is caucasian.
I’d like to imagine that he was hoping the colourist would bail him out, but instead they chose to hang him out to dry by making both characters the same weird red tone.

Greg Land same faces all his characters even when one of them is supposed to be East Indian and the other is caucasian.

I’d like to imagine that he was hoping the colourist would bail him out, but instead they chose to hang him out to dry by making both characters the same weird red tone.

My first thought was “why is Emma Frost growing wings?”
fuck-no-greg-land:

Kid-Who-Is-Turning-Into-Beast, why do you look like you are smiling while you are in the middle of a painful transformation?
Kid-Who-Is-Gaining-Jean’s-Powers, what the shit is up with your hair and face?
Hips:Shoulders, Greg, good lord, it’s practically my catchphrase now.

My first thought was “why is Emma Frost growing wings?”

fuck-no-greg-land:

Kid-Who-Is-Turning-Into-Beast, why do you look like you are smiling while you are in the middle of a painful transformation?

Kid-Who-Is-Gaining-Jean’s-Powers, what the shit is up with your hair and face?

Hips:Shoulders, Greg, good lord, it’s practically my catchphrase now.

(Source: amazingxmen)

Happy (North American East Time Zone) New Years! :D
Have some Jim Balent.

Happy (North American East Time Zone) New Years! :D

Have some Jim Balent.

brokenlanguage submitted:

Someone, ANYONE, please explain to me how Red Sonja’s boob that’s further away is larger than the one that’s close! PLEASE? I don’t understand. Is this how boobies work????

What I find really interesting is how this really illustrates the lack of diversity in women’s faces some comics artists have.  The cover is supposed to be a blend of Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini, but it’s clear the artist just drew a single female face and fiddled a little with the eye make up and hair. -_-

brokenlanguage submitted:

Someone, ANYONE, please explain to me how Red Sonja’s boob that’s further away is larger than the one that’s close! PLEASE? I don’t understand. Is this how boobies work????

What I find really interesting is how this really illustrates the lack of diversity in women’s faces some comics artists have.  The cover is supposed to be a blend of Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini, but it’s clear the artist just drew a single female face and fiddled a little with the eye make up and hair. -_-

ghostarin submitted:

Fixed this picture a bit. Small improvement I hope?
I unbroke Sonja’s back and gave her organs, and made her breasts more, uh, possible? Also made their legs somewhat better..
Again, I’m not the best artist out there, but I couldn’t help myself.
The thing that bothered me the most though was their faces, or can I say, THE FACE. Seriously, if they aren’t supposed to be identical twins, stop it. Now, if it’s supposed to be that they’re alike, I still made some minor changes. Like, making Sonja’s face “sharper” and Sara’s rounder. Not much, but perhaps enough to see that they’re different people. :I 
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Nice!  I think you did a good job differentiating the two (I don’t know either character good enough to tell you if that’s what they “should” look like though) and showing that you can have 2 beautiful women and still have simple differences in the face that make them both look very different.  One of the big issues for me and others about comic art is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistent idea of what characters look like, and this is especially true with female characters where you have artists who seem to be able to draw only one female face and often, one female body type.  (I also blame a lack of internal art direction for this.)  Rather than going “okay Supergirl has a longer nose than Huntress” they seem to go “I’m going to draw a woman, so here’s what a sexy female face looks like” and that’s it, the only differences are hair, eye and skin color.  And as you just showed, it doesn’t take that much to make small changes that make a big difference.

ghostarin submitted:

Fixed this picture a bit. Small improvement I hope?

I unbroke Sonja’s back and gave her organs, and made her breasts more, uh, possible? Also made their legs somewhat better..

Again, I’m not the best artist out there, but I couldn’t help myself.

The thing that bothered me the most though was their faces, or can I say, THE FACE. Seriously, if they aren’t supposed to be identical twins, stop it. Now, if it’s supposed to be that they’re alike, I still made some minor changes. Like, making Sonja’s face “sharper” and Sara’s rounder. Not much, but perhaps enough to see that they’re different people. :I 

My tumblr

Nice!  I think you did a good job differentiating the two (I don’t know either character good enough to tell you if that’s what they “should” look like though) and showing that you can have 2 beautiful women and still have simple differences in the face that make them both look very different.  One of the big issues for me and others about comic art is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistent idea of what characters look like, and this is especially true with female characters where you have artists who seem to be able to draw only one female face and often, one female body type.  (I also blame a lack of internal art direction for this.)  Rather than going “okay Supergirl has a longer nose than Huntress” they seem to go “I’m going to draw a woman, so here’s what a sexy female face looks like” and that’s it, the only differences are hair, eye and skin color.  And as you just showed, it doesn’t take that much to make small changes that make a big difference.

The best part, besides that Ian Churchill (as usual) gave them the same face and the same expression, is that that’s supposed to be powered armor they’re wearing.  They are either even THINNER underneath it, or that must be hell to put on and take off.

The best part, besides that Ian Churchill (as usual) gave them the same face and the same expression, is that that’s supposed to be powered armor they’re wearing.  They are either even THINNER underneath it, or that must be hell to put on and take off.