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Female Genre Art Redux

So this came up, yet again...

The crux point for me where understanding failed - and I do TRY to understand - was in the comparison of these two images:

If you object to the one on the left I can't see why you wouldn't also object to the one on the right. Aesthetically perhaps, yes, you might like one or the other more on grounds of proportionality, pose, execution etc (Zel's good, but still) but on content? Both depict female characters of unconventional build (Amazonian/broad). Both are similarly covered up. The Trollette is dressed perhaps more pragmatically for her little hunting trip. The amazon on the right is wearing useless armour this is bulky, revealing and not much use as armour. She's also striking the impractical sexy pose and is passive.

The trollette is exposing a little more flesh (not much, that midrift is leather armour, not skin, and those are shorts, not a miniskirt). If it weren't for the right hand amazon's boots there wouldn't be much in it.

I regard these two images as being essentially the same. Indeed I'd favour the trollette as a more positive image of an unconventional female fantasy figure. More realistic figure/shape, active stance, accomplished etc.

Apparently not though, though that's the opinion of someone I respect.

I recall a trip to London once, going around an art gallery following an elderly American couple. The woman was at least consistent in what works of the great masters of art down the ages she didn't like, which amounted to anything with bare breasts, which she thought was disgusting.

Even the process of TRYING to understand and work out what's objectionable seems to cause more trouble than it's worth. I'm about ready to give up.
Fucked up

30 day challenge number 25 - Someone who fascinates you, and why

Rene Magritte fascinates me and not just because he's one of the few famous Belgians to have existed. I like art but I frequently don't like artists, modern art (apart from Pop Art) often leaves me cold but I find Magritte's work endlessly fascinating. Despite the surrealism of the pieces they have an illustrative quality to them and an understated 'cool' that's hard to quantify. They're more like plates from a modern Alice in Wonderland or something similar and so I find I appreciate his work more than most artists I see in galleries.

Magritte's life and ways are also interesting and somewhat tragic. His mother committed suicide which, apocryphally, may have had something to do with his fascination for covered faces as she was drowned and, when she was retrieved her face was supposedly covered by cloth - a much repeated image in Magritte's work.

One particular thing I like about Magritte is that he would treat his art like a job. Getting up, putting on a suit and going to his easel for a 'work day' and then knocking off, like a regular working guy. Something which seems strangely admirable in an artist.

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As participation in 'Everybody Draw Mohammed' day (tomorrow, May 20th), in celebration of free speech in defiance of religious censorship I've done what I do and have dashed off a very slapdash and amateurish - and horribly blasphemous - card game.

You can download it HERE, ready for tomorrow.
Alternative download HERE.

Originally posted over on business/work blog apresvie 

Artist Appreciation

The Outlaw Press shenanigans are still ONGOING and I think, given that he took the name of the company a little too seriously we can all be thankful it wasn't called Buggery Press - though it might as well have been given how they've treated some people. A brief recap for people who haven't kept up on this is that Outlaw Press have thieved a huge amount of artwork from all sorts of sources and used it in their products without permission and without the artists getting a cent. There's also implications that whole adventures and chunks of writing have been ripped off as well.

Writers get ripped off a lot as well, though not quite so blatantly as this usually (the worst cases are usually 'payment on publication' for products that never get published. I feel a great deal of sympathy for the artists ripped off in this case due to getting screwed around myself a few times.

I always try to treat the artists that do work for me as well as I can. I can't afford even half as much art as I'd like and I try to make things up to the artists that do, do work for me by allowing them to keep rights, paying them in advance and other things to show mutual respect as creators. When someone like this steps in and rips people off, using fabulous art without paying for it, small publishers like me are made to look like chumps and small press as a whole gets painted with a bad brush.

So I just want to put a shout of appreciation out to the hard working, and low paid, artists out there who don't deserve to get treated so badly. In particular the artists I've worked with the most:
  • DarkZel
  • Brad McDevitt
  • Toby Gregory
  • Gavin Hargest
  • Raven Morrison
Much love and appreciation and I pledge to keep treating 'my' artists right, to make up for the arseholes out there ripping people off. To pay on time, or even in advance to pay what I can afford to, to be flexible and to give you guys as much creative leeway as I'm capable of giving, so the jobs for me are fun, engaging and at least profitable enough to bother with!
just me

My First Comic Book!

It is a strange and distant future but it isn't without its pest problems. High in the organic towers of the growing cities our heroine finds that she's sharing her apartment with the most tenacious and horrible pests that you can imagine, Christians.

This comic includes the short story upon which it was based, part of a forthcoming collection of short stories titled 'Letters to the 21st Century'.
My one remaining unfulfilled ambition has always been to write a comic book and now that's finally done! Alright, so it's just PDF publishing (though I think I'll put a small version onto Lulu as well) but still, top of the world Ma!

Buy it HERE