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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 5th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I've always found Mark Ryden's work more fetishistic than feminine.

The drawing table has levelled out. When I started working in animation in '97 the percentage of women working in the field was about 10%. It's much more now, I'm not exactly sure how much more, but it's definitely more. I think this has to do with the proliferation of anime and manga. For the first time not only was there an art style that appealed to young girls, but a narrative and characters that young girls could relate to.

I collect old romance comics (pre-sexual revolution) and they're very interesting to read. These were written and drawn by older men for young girls, so a lot of the story lines are about being obedient and demure. The goal for all young girls at that time was to get married and become a house frau, and any woman who put her career first became an unhappy spinster. These comics came out within my life time (mind you, I was a wee tot).

In our society a lot of these boundaries have been eroding and female artists are simply catching up and equalizing the playing field which has been long over due.