…there are no words.
How about “HOLY WTF!?”
These are from Drawing Dynamic Comics, by Andy Smith.
I look at this and I think about the model. She’s absorbed the messages all girls do. Gotta be thin gotta be pretty gotta be thin and pretty. So she’s been recruited as a model for this guy, she’s so pretty.
And then the artist is like NOPE GOTTA BE SKINNIER AND PRETTIER THAN THAT.
It’s sad that a skinny model isn’t good enough for him, especially since cinching in her waist and inflating her breasts doesn’t make her seem more powerful or anything. Also, he boob floundered her in that last picture. And yes, it’s the style of the industry, but that says a lot about the industry and the norms of how women are drawn and portrayed.
On second look, I also love how she’s in a bra, and he drew a nipple onto the first picture. xD
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!
Another page from Drawing Dynamic Comics by Andy Smith. Note the varieties in the figures.
One girl as slightly more muscle definition. That’s all I can see. What about you readers? Can you spot the difference?
Even for the men, his idea of variety seems to be just different sizes, but at least they are obvious different sizes. When we get to women it’s like… whuh? Really? Variety?
On the other hand, I bet he’s really good at those “spot the differences” puzzles! “Wait, that butterfly is a SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SHADE OF ORANGE than the original picture!”