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05 April 2010 @ 03:02 am
Don't Worry, He Paid Good Money For This.  


Ya know, I've often been told that I don't draw like a girl. My first encounter with this is when I was fourteen when a woman, a friend's mother, picked up a drawing of a drooling, disgusting monster (I drew a lot of monsters back then, still do I guess), not knowing who had done it, upon finding out that I had drawn it she exclaimed, "A girl drew this? A GIRL drew this?!"

I wasn't offended by this at all, just a bit confused. How was art by a girl supposed to look? Or on the flip side what makes art "masculine"? Should art have a gender? I've had my art judged differently once the viewer found out it was created by a female, work they deemed sexist suddenly became ironic. Is it possible to separate the artist from their work? Bah, these are question I've been asking my whole life and I'm still no closer to an answer.

Has anybody else out there had a similar experience? Have any ladies out there surprised people with their artistic prowess? Any guys out there suffer from mistaken art-gender identity? I know my husband, Robin, has disappointed a few people when they discovered he wasn't a girl drawing extreme porn.
 
 
 
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Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 6th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much Rakugaking for the great post.

I'm surprised people assumed, because you were polite, that you were a girl and not Canadian:)

You bring up a very interesting point about how people expect you to be sexually attracted to what you draw. Robin, for instance, draws what turns him on, he's viewing his id, however, for me it's more that I'm projecting myself into my images, seeing things that I'm not, but would like to be.