Whew doggy, this one’s been a WIP for over two years! I guess she just got pushed to the back burner for a while.
Still, at last, she’s done. Enjoy 😀
You WILL submit to your romantic inclinations, whether she has to crossbow your ass to make it happen. Iddn’t little Cupid being a good boy, helping mommy out?
So, as my facebook followers probably noticed, I recently commented on a steampunk image linked by a group I follow. I won’t link it here, but I bet you can find a dozen similar images in about 30 seconds on google. The image boils down to “Scantilly clad, extremely busty woman in ‘saloon girl’ costume, ‘seductively’ caressing a large gun, with her back arched into anatomically impossible shapes and her legs crossed in anatomically impossible ways”. We’ve ALL seen them.
My comments went as follows: “I love Steampunk as much as the next person… but has anyone informed the artist that it is DAMNED uncomfortable to sit like that under the best of circumstances? Multiplied by a factor of ‘corset’ that would be excruciating. Especially with her legs crossed hard enough to break bones….”
I discussed the image at some length with a friend and we decided it’s really only fair to turn the tables and put a man in her pose. Now, he’s not identical the original (that’d be way too easy) but the feel, sexual-objectification, and pointlessly uncomfortable pose has carried over 😀
(Also there’s a few versions of the image because I was having fun experimenting with it.)
Here’s the basic version. Note the pointlessly skimpy outfit, the needlessly sexualized pose, and his awesome steampunk cyborg-oyster.
Some minor shading that wasn’t quite dimensional enough.
This is the “painted” version. I wasn’t 100% happy with some of the contrast and detailing, but I think it came out nicely none-the-less 🙂
Please comment and discuss, I’m interested to see what other people’s take on this will be.
Another character design challenge (like the night and day post below) though this one I’m taking a bit longer on. I also came across this one a bit late, but I’m enjoying it non-the-less 😀
She’s still a work in progress, but I feel like she’s coming along nicely 🙂
When I think steampunk, the first thing I usually think is “badass”. So, I decied that this goddess shouldn’t be a naked pale blonde with floaty hair and white robes, hovering and looking pensive. Oh no. She was going to be a hard-core crack-shot with a cross-bow and an attitude. Sadly, the angle of her head ruined the effect of the assymetric cut I tried to give her hair, but cest la vie.
I decided to split the character a little and do Aphrodite as the more sexualized aspects of love, because that’s what she usually ends up representing in mythology, and it’s just easier to imagine a voluptuous woman representing sexiness. Cupid, (the little boy behind her skirt) embodies the innocent, gentle aspects of love. He’s loyal, sweet, innocent, and kind. He’s a pretty good shot with his magic bow, but he’s still willing to take a lesson from Momma. What a good boy he is, holding her skirt out of the way for her like that :3
(I think part of the reason this is taking so much longer than the others is that I spent a LOT of time sketching and inking it, and I got a little crazy with the details right off the bat. The earlier two posts were done all in one afternoon through the magic of starting with a vauge general impression and working up the details as needed. Got to remember to use that method more….)
Finished drawing will be posted… er… when it’s finished, I guess ^_^;