Christopher Hart - Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy
Found this on my harddrive, I’m not sure if I downloaded the pdf as a joke or as legitimate help. But copy-pasting the same body for a woman is /not/ how you draw. I was scrolling through this with pretty good hopes that this was going to be a decent explanation of the comic medium in general and how anatomy can be pushed without falling into Esher girl territory.
Take most “Lets draw design comic characters” books with a huuuge grain of salt.
i like that basically u can see whats wrong with the way we view women just right here in “body shapes”
this is absolutely ridiculous
SEXISM IS OVER
This is a perfect illustration of why idealization is problematic. There are many who retort to idealization in comics as something that affects both male and female characters. To an extent: yes.
However, when you take drawing guides like this into consideration, there is no balance in the world of idealization and comics.
The male examples have so much diversity in body shape that are all deemed acceptable. However, the only diversity in the female body shapes are of “the Athlete” and “the Innocent” who have narrower hips and thighs than the other sexualized drawing models. Everyone still (for the most part) has large breasts and costumes that accentuate them.
There’s definitely sexism in the juxtaposition of “the Brute” and “the Athlete.” The Athlete is essentially what this artist deems the muscular female build, but all but one of the male models he provides are physically strong, even the leaner “Evil Genius.”
Here are some examples of these characters in mainstream comics, notice the costumes, too, and how much skin they cover (and of course, it does depend on the artist, but my choices are based on what they’re usually depicted as):
Regular Joe: Yorick Brown (Y: The Last Man*), Spider-Man (the Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, etc.)
Fat Guy: Blob (Uncanny X-Men), Bouncing Boy (Adventure Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, etc.), Mojo (X-Men) (I feel like the representation of–- even males— fat characters is skewed, not only are they hard to find and usually villains, but they’re also usually one weight with little variation)
Brute: the Hulk (the Incredible Hulk)(Note She-Hulk’s, his female counterpart, drastically different appearance), the Thing (Fantastic Four)
Evil Genius: Loki (Thor, the Mighty Thor, etc.), Scarecrow (Batman, Detective Comics, etc.)
Hero: Superman (Action Comics, Superman, etc.), Captain Marvel (the Power of Shazam!, JSA, etc.)
Villain: Magneto (Uncanny X-Men, the New Mutants, etc.), Bane (Batman, Secret Six, etc.), Darkseid (Action Comics, Superman, etc.)
Fighter: Elektra (Elektra, Daredevil, etc.), Black Canary (Birds of Prey, Justice League of America, etc.)
Voluptuous Vixen: Starfire (the Teen Titans, the New Titans), Vampirella (Vampirella)
Girl Next Door: Kitty Pryde (Uncanny X-Men), Atom Eve (Invincible)
Villainess: Madelyne Pryor (Uncanny X-Men), Mystique (X-Men), Star Sapphire/Carol Ferris (Green Lantern Corps.)
Athlete: Valkyrie (the Avengers, the Defenders, etc.), Batgirl/Barbara Gordon (on the left, right is Batwoman) (Birds of Prey, Detective Comics, etc.)
The Innocent: (This one is the hardest) Knives Chau (Scott Pilgrim), Molly Hayes (Runaways)
*I love Y: the Last Man, without a doubt, it’s my favorite comic of all time. It has its own problems, but for a comic with a white, straight, cissexual/gender man as its protagonist, it has a whole lot of diversity with the rest of the cast.
Got your own suggestions? Send me an ask!