We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.
…and is apparently only for white chix.
They don’t even have any skin colour, they are all grey -.-
By the way, my blog is pretty personal, so I usually draw what I see most frequently. And we don’t all live in America, where we can see people of all colours every day.
Besides, I think it’s pretty obvious that your skin colour doesn’t really matter. So it’s not necessary to mention “oh look! She’s black and deserves respect too!” EVERY F*CKING TIME.
This is hard for me to post but I feel like it is important.
I remember hating my face and hating my skin and looking at all the girls around me in middle school and on TV and in ads and feeling like I was a monstrosity in comparison. But I remember the first time I realized women plucked their eyebrows. And wore concealer. And foundation. And powder. I felt like I had been lied to about what women look like. After modeling and realizing when photographers asked for no makeup, they really meant the photo on the right. I started realizing that the photo on the right was what was in skincare ads and posted by people claiming in the caption to be wearing no makeup some of the time. The photo on the right is the bare minimum of what we expect women to look like when they wake up in the morning.
Thought this would be of interest to some people, especially since the topic of how women’s faces in video games, comics, etc being depicted as smooth with no lines (even for facial expressions) has come up before. Also, how often women will be drawn with default eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc even if there should be no reason for them to wear it because they have been living in the wild, or they’re warrior women who have expressed no interest in it, or etc…
It’s part of how society constructs what women look like in people’s minds; that what is supposed to be something we put on to ‘enhance’ appearance end up being part of the default way women are expected to look. Even if the characters are supposed to be “plain” or “practical” in context, they’ll still be drawn as if they’re wearing some base amount of make up, because that’s how we’re conditioned to see women in our imaginations. And stuff like airbrushing, photoshop, and advertisers using made up faces to represent ‘no make up’ can skew how we perceive what the ‘normal’ or ‘average’ woman is supposed to look like.
(omg second time writing this, memo to self if the tags suddently don’t work tumblr hasn’t actually saved your fucking text post :|)
Okay I don’t want to write what i wrote last time cause it took forever so i’ll just summarize. This is going on my art blog because I think it’s really relevant to how many artists are taught to draw.
By default we are taught to draw in many stylized methods to depict women at a certain level of made-upness without acknowledging it. We are taught to draw the upper lid darker, to give them obvious, winged or sometimes just long numerous lashes to say hey it’s a LADY! Taught to give shine to lips, and blushing cheeks, all to meet a base minimum of “I know how to draw” or “this is drawn correctly” NOT this character likes to wear make up or even knows what make up is. If you stray from these you will most likely be thought of someone that doesn’t know how to draw women, or draw women that “look like women”, if you make any facial features out of the normal (for example a larger nose), same thing, you drew something that needs to be corrected.
And I thought it’s funny how dept we are at drawing these signifiers of make up but how most artists have problems rendering things like significantly colored eyeshadow/liner, and when they do attempt it it’s to say hey this character likes make up! not when they have eyeliner, or mascara, or lip gloss, it’s only when it moves out of that already prescribed obviously made up face.
And this all goes on without a blink or pause to think about really, it’s just “how to draw a woman”, and I don’t know very many artists at all who don’t do it. And IDK, i understand you have to draw that way to keep your jobs and shit, but it’s something i hope people are aware of.
I catch shit for this all the time from Gaia users; if I draw a lady and her face isn’t made up and her tits aren’t popped out they say she looks like a man and use it as an example of what a bad artist I am lol. So tired of it. Unfortunately I think it has affected the way I draw women in general, they’re all cute and round and same face.
I wanna draw ladies with face types as weird as Benedict Cumberbatch and not have people constantly question their gender >:O
Blue September Photo Shoot (by Progressive Media)
Last month we talked about women’s health issues and the importance of early breast cancer screenings. However, it is important, also, to remind men of the importance of checking for testicular cancer as well. As the men in this video will tell you, it’s not just for those who live unhealthy lifestyles, but really, cancer can strike anyone of any age, gender, nationality, and lifestyle.
Busty Mannequins and an Inflated Sense of Beauty in Venezuela (by The New York Times)
That man in the intro to this video is such a jackass… but this is a sad trend happening all around the world. These images of fake beauty are preying on people’s insecurities and forcing them to do ridiculous things like take out a second mortgage and put themselves in debt to meet an “ideal” standard that, in the end, they’ll never be satisfied with.