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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.
A.D.Puchalskiiamdollface on April 5th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I like to think I don't assign gender to art, but I bet do. That said, I think you do a nice job of drawing topless barbarians that do not feel exploitative or somehow diminished by being their female... maybe you achieve that because you are a woman artist...? However, I've seen a fair amount of sexy art by women that feels as gratuitous as men drawing the same thing, if not more so because they don't have to edit themselves because they are drawing the same gender.... What the hell, I guess I just like how you draw.

(wow, that's a babbly post, I hope some of that made sense).