It's been a while since I've shown anything official, but with the release of inFAMOUS Second Son, I feel like I'm getting to a place where I can tell you all what I've been up to, outside of video games.
With the free time from my day job, I'm working on three personal projects. All of them are comics or visual storytelling related, but the one I'm revealing today explores something that has been on my mind in the past couple years - Sexism in superhero comics.
There's been a ton of talk about the gross objectification and inequality in the depiction and representation of women in not only this industry, but also in video games. Many great arguments, discussions, and points being made.
However, for industries that are so intrinsically visual, not much art has been created confronting these subjects head-on. Lots and lots of words. Not a ton of art. The art that IS made is usually quite cynical or quickly slapped together to make a snarky point. Technique is typically tossed to the side in favor of pointing out the absurdity of a woman contorting her body to the point of showing her tits AND ass. And that's fine. It's good for the occasional chuckle. I just feel like it's not enough.
So I decided to start drawing. Drawing lead to painting. But not traditional painting, like Long Live Queen Freddie! All digital. From sketches to color. And now I'm left with a handful of finished paintings, another large handful of in-process paintings, but no physical product to sell. So I'm just going to start posting what I have done, while I use my free time to finish up the rest of my ideas, and maybe figure out a way to collect the images in a little book or series of posters.
The title of the series is Superheroin.
My first piece is one of the tamer images. A bit more on the nose. Very readable and obvious. But I really like the design of it. As I'm not a fan of speaking in specifics of intent, when it comes to my work, I will only be posting the images, and leave it to the viewer do the rest.
I will say this: as a fan of the female form, I understand the want to illustrate it. To show the biologically optimal aesthetic with the mathematical tools of line, shape, color and value. So, let me be the first to admit that this series is an hypocritical one. But that's sort of the point. Pussy galore is the ultimate drug with our superheros. The male fantasy is insatiable. It goes beyond the luscious curves and revealing outfits. That seemingly inborn sexism comes from many factors. Some biological, some psychological, some societal. I'm not here to point out how terrible a specific artist is for contributing to that sexism, but to acknowledge that it lives in all of us. Myself included.
Now that that is out of the way, here we go...