Monday, March 23, 2015

More of the same - sexism in character design

More of the same in this blog: CG characters

Every woman in every Disney/Pixar movie in the past decade has the exact same face says Alex.
Nah... can't be, I think.
So, of course I just had to go and see myself.
And, sure... it's pretty much true. There is much more variation in male faces than in female faces.
It's not absolute, not every woman has the same face. The witch in Brave has a very personal, different face. And the dean in Monsters University. Also, the villains and side characters show much more variation.
Now, of course, Anna and Elsa should look similar, because they are sisters, and Rapunzel is their cousin or something. More than that, the main animator is the same, and that just happens to be his style. You can see who's the animator. Little One looks like Fievel. Same animator.

But there was another disturbing things I noticed... and now I can't unnotice it.
Thank you, Disney, for adding more bile to the animated feature films.
These are the last 15 animated feature films by Disney or Pixar. Bolt, Up, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 3, Tangled, Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh, Brave, Secret of the Wings, Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Planes, Frozen, Big Hero and Inside Out 6. Bolt was made 2008 and Inside Out 2015.
Now, the main character was male in 9 of these 15 movies.
The partner/sidekick/friend was the opposite gender 5 times, 2 times female, 3 times male, and the same gender 10 times, 7 times male, 3 times female. Making that 5 females to 10 males.
The villain/antagonist was male in 10 of these movies, female in one and there was no real villain in 4 of these movies, of which one had male lead.
The "comic relief"/sidekick was always male if there was one. In some movies a female could have a slightly comical part, and then the female was always fat.

In "male buddy" movies, females have not much of a role.
In "Up" she is dead
In Big Hero, she is mom
In Toy Story... there are some parts for females, but never a big one. In first Toy Story the only females around are mom, Molly and Bo Beep. Jessie has a bigger role, but she kind of does nothing, except needs rescuing. Barbie does more. Mrs Potato Head and Bonnie have also a bigger role, but when most of Andy's toys are male, Bonnie has both male and female dolls. One of the two female toys doesn't even have a name.
They have put in the "obligatory" female among the Cars and Planes.
Kanga is the only female in Winnie the Pooh.


I can't say much about the "female buddy" movies, Tinkerbell and Inside Out, because I haven't seen them. But in Tinkerbell movies all the females are cookie cutter females, with the exact same body and face, just different color skin, eyes and hair, and different clothes and hairdos. The males are all different.
In Inside Out the main characters are "saved" by a male, the "location's" "imaginary friend", an elephant like chimera. 



Sameface Syndrome and other stories, by Gianna

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CG characters

I found a board at Pinterest today. CG Female Characters.
There is one board called CG Male Characters in whole Pinterest. It is not created by the same person who created the female character board, and it doesn't have as many pinners. (There's almost 60 pinners in the female board.)
Nevertheless... I notice one thing immediately. A glaring difference...
Did you see it?

All the women are basically copies of each other. Some might be a little longer, some shorter, some have darker skin than others... But they are all about 15-25, with flawless skin that shows a lot, big boobs, big eyes, small, pouty mouth, often slightly open, tiny waist, tiny, long barbie neck that seems almost too dainty to carry all that hair. Even monsters have perfect pin-up bodies. Among the almost 7000 pins, there's only a handful that - if they were movie roles - couldn't be played by the same person with just a wig and wardrobe change. A couple of little girls, and a couple of males... and, sure, I admit, a couple of females with a proper armor and normal chest.

"Princess Langwidere has thirty young heads that are interchangeable on her neck.
Instead of changing her clothes or jewelry every day, 
she simply changes her head to accessorize or match her current mood. 
The heads are kept in a vast bejeweled boudoir known as her "cabinet". 
All are described as being very beautiful in bone structure with striking features 
which run and vary through all combinations of hair and eye colors 
(except for gray hair and red, tired eyes), 
skin tones, and even noses of different shapes to represent different ethnicities."
Princess Langwidere appears in Ozma of Oz
this illustration is by John R. Neill


But if you go to the male board - of course, as it's pinned by only one person - there's much more variety. There are normal people and superheros, caricatures, portraits and fantasy, gods and men, old and young, paintings, maquettes, drawings, scribbles... not even 100 pins, but already more variation than in the whole female board.


Why the "fake geek girl" meme must die
6 sexist video game problems even bigger than breasts
Sexism in Video Games: Tropes, Trolls and Terrific Upstanders
Sexism and Misogyny in the Video Game Industry
An interview with Jim Sterling about sexism in game culture

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kit Williams

I was a bit surprised of that I haven't posted about Kit Williams yet.

I was so impressed by The Masquerade, and I love the Moon Hare.


And I do like other things he has done. His work has that realism I admire, with touch of magic and fantasy to make it great illustrations, in my mind. Here's a bit more examples of his work. He is not only a great painter, he is also an excellent artisan, craftsman. I love how he combines the woodwork frames with the painting into a unique piece of art.


Here's a little thing about The Masquerade

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Svetlin Vassilev

Svetlin Vassilev is a Bulgarian illustrator.

Romeo and Julia

Daedalos

Don Quixote

Europa

Illustration to Greek Myths