I finally made my own contribution to The Hawkeye Initiative! Tis something I’ve been meaning to make for awhile but needed an extra push in the form of a final for my Gender in Comics class. I already enjoy gender-bending popular characters quite a bit and I like to comment on objectification of the female body versus the male body (or am I just trying to tackle the ever present male gaze?) so this contribution turned out to be a very appropriate and delightful piece for my interests.
Hawkeye posed as Psylocke as drawn by Ed Benes. Enjoy!
My thesis project, Dom & Sub, a.k.a. why I’ve been such a bad tumblr-er/bad friend/etc. My artist statement:
Dom & Sub is a body of illustrative work in digital media that attempts to humanize practitioners of BDSM and offer a representation of kinky sex that not only refutes negative stereotypes but informs the audience that sadomasochistic play is done best between happy, healthy, and consenting adults. I portrayed the couple in the work not only engaging in S&M play but also building a “scene” together and nurturing one another after the play has concluded; these are moments often left unconsidered or completely ignored in visual representations of S&M. I believe it’s important to see how kinky scenes are crafted with care, commitment to safety and enthusiastic consent in order to limit those times when sadomasochistic play is used to abuse or dehumanize other human beings. It is my hope that my audience will learn from the illustrations that sadomasochistic play is not always dark or scary, and that fellow ‘kinksters’ can enjoy tender representations of S&M that do not ridicule or pathologize them. I’ve designed the work to engage sadomasochistic imagery, material and theory with an ethical conscience.
This work now for sale at Society6.
Finally! The second installment of my gender bending hero series!
This week I’ve turned Beatrix Kiddo from the Kill Bill series into a male protagonist. Not sure what his name would be (just Kiddo?) but I had a few fun ideas about what parts of the Kill Bill franchise would be different should we turn The Bride into The Groom.
That sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? The Groom. For some reason I’m tickled by the idea that a male character could be spurred into such bloody vengeance from the destruction of his wedding day by a former flame and the loss of his daughter. Even though I’m not sure why that would be so different. Other action movie franchises have thrown a male protagonist’s daughter in danger for the sake of the plot before (think Die Hard 4 or True Lies) but I don’t think the entire essence of those male characters has ever been defined by the existence of their daughters or their romantic entanglements. The fact that Beatrix Kiddo’s primary moniker is The Bride and not The Assassin or really Black Mamba is because she’s defined by her relationship to Bill and the loss of her motherhood and marriage. Her revenge is so brutal because she lost her baby and she was murdered in her wedding dress in the chapel with her fiancé and friends.
Anyway, I kind of also like the idea of this male Kiddo as a super highly trained assassin and swordsman and also possibly a gay character. Still Kill Bill but with waaay more gay subtext. Unless I wanna draw a gender bent Bill next.
FINALLY I’ve made the 2nd post. I’m so miserably behind on this blog, but this was a treat to make. :)
What even is this, you ask or not. Sex toys and future lezbian gurlz.
The first post! I have gender bent the Driver from Drive, who I just realized doesn’t actually have a name. Intriguing. Anyway, love this movie, love the stylized action and soundtrack. Enjoy.
I did it, everyone! Finally started my weekly blog project! Still behind though. Clearly this whole ‘weekly’ thing is gonna be tricky for me.
Assignment for a class - jewelry illustration, yo
Lackadaisy Fool aka Albino Fetishization
Drawin’ and comparing food for my ethics class.
A book cover for my faaaaaav serial killer book series Heartsick. Keepin’ mah pink and pulpy aesthetic strong.
So gung-ho about things that aren’t thesis, rite nou. So here is a sloppy WIP.
Vagina Loveby Caroline O’Grady (le me)