Episode 139 - Telling Gender From Comic Styles

Oct 28, 2013

For Quackcast 139 Banes and I were joined by Kawaiidaigakusei, who had an amazingly interesting subject to talk about: “Telling Someone's Sex By the Way They Draw". Kawaiidaigakusei says:This has been a subject matter that is of great interest to me since college, and I am sure a lot of people who draw webcomics can relate. The early periods of Western Art have been mostly dominated by men. Female artists were rare during the Baroque Period with the exception of a key figure, Artemisia Gentileschi, whose dark interpretation of Judith Beheading Holofernes can be read with psychoanalytic overtones of a woman asserting her dominance over a man by decapitation. The twentieth century welcomed an influx of women artists during the Feminist art movement that began in the late 1960s. In the present day, with the introduction of webcomics and the Internet, women and men now have a level playing field to showcase their art to the public. Now the question remains–Is it possible to tell a person's sex by the way they draw?

Topics and Show Notes

- How can you tell the sex and/or age of an artist at a glance?
- Do females draw the human figure with more organic curves, whereas males tend to draw more angular?
- Can a woman draw female figures better than a man, and vice versa?
- Are webcomics (still) dominated by males? Has there been a shift in the comic industry in the last ten years?
- Does sexuality come into play or is it irrelevant to the art style?

Check out her artwork here:
- http://theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei />Forum thread about the topic:
http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/161694/ />



Banes at 4:31PM, Oct. 29, 2013

ozone is definitely on something, no argument there! Interesting, gullas! Maybe this topic could be opened up to the community for a "Part 2" to get more insights.

gullas at 1:20PM, Oct. 29, 2013

Ah so nice hearing a QC again. But I think Ozone is onto something in general. More straight-forward is more of a male thing. I have noticed myself that women seem to experiment more within "reason", meaning not having too absurd bodies yet experimenting while males seem to draw males and women hyper male looking, or hyper-feminim and trying more surreal things with body-types....

Ozoneocean at 9:22AM, Oct. 29, 2013

Waddaya mean? I STILL dress that way!

Banes at 8:59AM, Oct. 29, 2013

This quackcast was recorded so long ago...women AND men wore bell bottom chinos back then. Groovy times. Groovy times.

Ozoneocean at 8:53AM, Oct. 29, 2013

This is a subject that deserves more talking! There's just so MUCH too it... so easy to all into big traps of stereotyping and generalisations though. O_o

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