... whining about female warrior and super heroine character designs.
Answer: In short, because they sound like whiny wannabe-feminist with major complexes and no knowledge of how art in a professional level works.
So a bit of background story, as some of you know, I was mostly oriented to fine arts, this has been changing progressively with time, and now, I'm more focused to character design and marketable illustrations. This has led me to a lot of research and self instruction via internet. But with the good, comes the bad. I wanted to write this entry for a while, because thanks to lack of experience I used to agree with criticizing the industry standards when it comes to representation of female characters, huge boobs, skinny frame, bikini armor stereotype.
And then, I stumbled upon the famous eschergirls tumblr account. [link]
First of all I must say these guys have some major balls, to transform this:
Ugh, I think I prefer the bimbo heroine with an exaggerated anatomy,
instead of the crappy cosplayer with deformed arms.
And expect us to asspat them for being so brave and attacking the "standard". And I say "standard", because something marvelous about art industry is how many styles, are accepted. You can find erotic female representations (like, say, Boris Vallejo) and bulky female warriors, some of BROM's works come to mind. Not to mention each product, and each franchise, has its own standard depending on the target audience.
There is a big number of artists, who are more focused in the representation of super heroes pin up style, and it's established that way, not because of the boohoo evil patriarchal media or the terrible horny male artists, but because that's the style's "thing".
, or do any of you see super heroes, elves and demons walking in the street everyday? These type of characters aren't meant to be taken as real life role models, they're exaggerations of human traits, if you thought Catwoman was making you bulimic, you need to look up for the term "personal accountability" and look for help ASAP.
More so, people forget the artist usually adapts to the franchise and deals with an art director, so going for "omg their tumblr philosophy and convictions" will take them nowhere.
But let's see another interesting point. What about I told you, that male characters are treated the same way? Exaggerated muscles and features, unattainable standards for the average Joe. Yet, I see little complaining about it. If these guys are criticizing lack of "realism" in fantasy
art, why don't they complain about that as well? But you know the answer if you're following the idea, they don't do it, because this is faux feminism.
Indeed, males are treated the same way, they go prancing around half naked, or wearing tight clothes that offer no real protection as armor (thanks to my loyal TD for that input), and just serves as eye candy, to show off the borderline deformed muscles. Certainly something we do not see IRL.
OMG ANOTHER VICTIM OF OBJECTIFICATION!!!111!ONE!
See, when you're designing a character, these things are serve as visual cues to tell personality traits, what powers they have, etc. For example, you got characters like Spiderman, who is slim and agile, and then you got Superman with huge muscles and super strength, or Batman with fancy gadgets because he's rich. This same logic applies to female characters, not only in the anatomy but clothing. If you don't add typically feminine cues, and instead cover your female character in a boob-less full heavy armor, good luck at convincing an art director, or possible employer that it's a chick.
But let's go back to that tumblr, you could argue they're trying to criticize the bad poses in some cases, which can be true sometimes, many artist sacrifice realism more than they should.
I'm so sorry for making you see this.
But the general goal of the blog seems to denounce the "objectification of females". Which is bullshit. Besides, some of what they think is "impossible anatomy" is very real - don't you people watch porn?
In the end, I think, all in all this is an interesting phenomena, these raging nerds are a target audience and possible market, for all the people who bought into this bullshit and will be rejected in the industry. [link]
Oh, by the way, is anyone interested in me posting what are my recommendations for beginners? Books, tutorials, etc? Since I KNOW I won't be making the tutorials I promised years ago, and people keep asking, it seems a good idea. Eh?