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Must everything be drawn a certain way only?
www.comicsalliance.com/2012/06…

Please if anything written here sounds like an "attack" or even remotely "agressive", I swear it was not meant to be percieved that way.
This a friendly journal about a not so "friendly" subject.

When you enter the comic book world as an artist, and start working on any of the titles of heavy notoriety such as Batman, wonder woman, Aquaman, Catwoman, Batgirl etc. You get noticed for both good reasons and bad ones.

Comic pros are human too and they also F--K UP. Some more than others, yes but EVERYONE does it.

But why does something that has been made and used forever, just happens to start pissing people people off?
After DC released Guillem Marchs September 0 cover: (See below)
3.bp.blogspot.com/-IAZuzLQpM90…

Eveyone (and I mean EVERYONE even comic book Artists) started expressing their dissaproval of the cover due to its "Unrealistic proportions, position and sexism-sexualizing"... really people?

So youre saying its unrealistic for someone to bend like that, but its perfectly realistic shes capable of taking down 20 armed-grown men with nothing but a whip and her bare hands? able to leap from rooftops and buildings and land perfectly fine while wearing heels-bootsbarefoot? Dodging bullets with agility?

Or that some guy dressed in red and blue tights, has tingling senses, super strenght and can crawl on walls of all angles?.

What about the Amazon princess with Super model looks and powers beyong imagination, who comes from a hidden Island protected by the Gods.. that okay?

And is Selina Kyles sexually confident Nature and portrayal honestly more "sexist" than lets say a warrior that battles in sun-snow-water areas, whose body is only covered by a bikini-armor? Or someone who fights crime wearing nothing but a red swimsuit and boots? How about someone whose "magical" suit only covers her nipples and crotch?

Look Im not saying people shouldnt exteriorize their thoughts and opinions over any given subject, but there is a line between doing that, and being an A-hole-bashing hater.

I love his work and regularly check his blog to see the updates, but when I read the comments given by people who were "Insulted" and offended, It made me wonder.. do these people have no memory at all? did they just start living of being aware of their surroundings? "OMG that soo sexist!! I feel raped by just looking at it" .. ... (People who by the way, "Curiously" commented ANONYMOUSLY, Hmmm.).

Several Comic book artists expressed their "thoughts" on the cover aswell:
www.comicsalliance.com/2012/06…
One of them is former Catwoman artist Cameron Stewart (whose work I adore).

I ADMIT I actually laughed at some of the drawings on the link.. the Boob-ass slob with a cat mask was hilarious but really harsh.. Camerons depiction was also very funny but kinda mean, as he also drew Selina taking showers and undressing multiple times during brubakers run.

So again I ask.. is it really that bad? and if it is.. is it THAT wrong to take liberties on proportions, positions and such? Must everything and everyone be drawn a certain way only?

If thats the case, then im in some Deep S--T.., Because I like to bend spines (or simply ignore them) on drawings.

Thanx for reading if you did, hope you had a laugh at the drawings :D
I sure did.
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Lalunabluena Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that cover is pretty pointlessly objectifying (especially consider that the person who came up with that idea could either just work for playboy or just give Catwoman a possible sexy pose like this: Catwoman by ippus on deviantART). But there have been worse cases of this kind of shit so i guess the controversy shouldn't be as harsh as it was     
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FCM-NileSnake Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Well said, Anya! This is not such a big deal at all. We liked and even bought magazines with worse, much worse art on it. This art here is great, even if a little forced or off maybe. I've seen much worse proportion before, with a lot less complaining. Spiderman bends even more, no one complains. But let a woman do it, hell, let's bash it!
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I agree. It's a freakin comic people just need to grow up and have fun lol
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hbrika Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Its not my favorite Catwoman sketch but I sure as heck couldnt draw it :)

And haters will hate, it sucks in the attention :)
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:iconzarkonspacepirategod:
Just seems like your standard jumping forward pose. Maybe March made her pose a little extreme to liven it up a bit. Don't see the big deal. I will say if I were an editor at DC and one of our artist took a jab at someone else work . I would have to give that artist a stern talking to. That is your peer show some respect!
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all i can say is...LOL,.....i agree that pose is impossible,...but it's comics people, get over it. it's a nice cover
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theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Really . People complained about that cover? After living through the image covers/ Harris Vampirella covers/every indie comic cover of the 90's? This is a problem cover? I think this is a terrific cover and doesn't look all that bent out of shape or in the realm of impossibility. The artist license taken in this industry with body proportions and poses (Liefeld, McFarlane, every imageclone) so anyone with the gaul to say anything about this is just arrogant and any professional probably has several skeletons in their comicbook closet of work that if people wanted to could cull through and show them.


Sidenote: Some of those image hacks are actually really good artists now. A couple mentioned by name aren't yet. I'm not good either.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what you have is a style, but you already know the rules--I assume--so you can break them :)
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AgentC-24 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's gotten to the point that any pic aimed at an outright sexy nature is considered wrong and demeaning, which is a shame. Reminds me a lot of the Escher Girls site, which is funny for a while, but the same punchlines there get old after hearing it over and over. =P I enjoyed the cover myself and agree with your stance on this silly controversy, and I'm sure plenty others did too. :nod: Glad to see you can see both sides of the argument as well! :highfive:
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chadporter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People who complain like this, really need to lighten up. It ART for crying out loud...more importantly it's COMIC art. And I'll admit after I looked at teh image, it did seem a bit....off. But I'm also going to chalk that up to a little thing called 'forced perspective. Given the angle that was drawn on - that's a bitch to do. Yes it's a bit awkward, but let's face it; we've seen (and bought) worse - I won't bother mentioning Rob Liefeld's name :giggle:

I'm certainly guilty of bad proportions, but F**K it...I'm an artist and I'm going to draw stuff the way I see it and how I see it and I want to see it. I get paid for drawing the way I draw and I happen to LIKE the way I draw. If I see someone whos draing very bad proportions, I'm not going to jump down thier throats and tell them they are wrong - I'm going to make comments to myself and move along.

As for the 'sexism-sexualizing'...is THAT what they are calling it now? Sheesh :roll:
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