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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.
tammylee on April 5th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
I automatically assume any illustrator's works I see are done by a female until proven otherwise. But my background is Boy's Love comics so 99% of the illustrators/cartoonists I met were female and most of my flist is female.

I've been surprised a few times by ladies who produce art under male names and in a more masculine art style and vice versa but I just assume they feel more comfortable presenting as a different gender.

I find it isn't usually the style so much as the content that makes me lean towards a gender for the artist. There's a certain feel to the violence and porn that women create that is different from that of a man and I'm usually only surprised if the artist was purposely misrepresenting their gender to the public.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 5th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
That's a really interesting observation about the "feel" of art.

I don't know if I've ever come across an artist that has purposefully changed their artistic gender, but I guess you can do that with anything; race, age, location. It's especially easy on the internet. I could be an 89 year-old, albino, well-hung dwarf for all you know.
tammylee on April 5th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I could be an 89 year-old, albino, well-hung dwarf for all you know.
I could be available for dinner? *waggles eyebrows*