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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.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 12th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks Marley!

It seems like really bad form for a reviewer to assume anything about an artist they're reviewing.

You're very right about the cityscape observation: "Perspective is like math, and math is hard. Tee Hee, I like pink."
marley_zmarley_z on April 13th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Man, I think the whole reason why I practice cityscapes is because of this one douche. He did animation backgrounds, and told me that girls couldn't draw technical things or ugly things. Just outright couldn't.

Total dick.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 13th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Huh... I drew animation backgrounds and layouts for 12 years... culminating over a thousand BG designs... Jeez, I guess I'm genetically incapable of drawing a house.

Although, it's a good thing he said those douchey things, because it but a burr in your butt about proving him wrong. Sometimes you need assholes in your life.