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Drawing like a girl


I have been trying to figure out what ‘drawing like a girl’ means. I suppose it’s because I am a girl. It took me quite a long time to figure out how to draw men that were men, not women in drag. It’s all about the jaw and the neck, and the width of the shoulders. Maybe it’s because I don’t draw like Marvel or DC artists. Maybe it’s because I don’t put all women in the broke back pose or have them bursting out of their bras. Oh no, actually I do do that. When I watch my son Otto drawing, he obsessively draws maps and cities, robots, aliens and Minecraft atavars. He says he can’t draw people at all. I tell him he can – he just has to round the edges of his robots a little. It’s true that I blunted my first felt-tips on princesses in pink and green dresses with insanely curly top-knots. Anyway, is drawing like a girl a bad thing?
Anyway, congratulations, Susan! I will be sending you the books soon. And for those of you who wanted to buy one if you didn’t win, well, I’m working on that. There are quite a few pages which makes it quite expensive. I will let you know once I’ve figured it out! I want to investigate Pledgeme before everyone gets sick of giving money to needy creative types.

And in other news, I will be selling my comics at the Auckland Zine Fest on 2 August, which is running in conjunction with the First Thursdays at St Kevin’s Arcade. I am going to get my Clueless comic finished for that, so I will be posting more in the coming weeks.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. susan permalink
    18/07/2012 6:54 pm

    drawing like a girl – just say thanks and move on – or is drawing like a girl the same as ‘fighting like a girl’ or ‘running like a girl’? – so just think kate mcilroy and say yea!!
    If you really want to have a big moment of self doubt – imagine me (and my gold card) doing pilates with kate doing the same exercises next to me – there’s comic book fodder if ever ….

  2. 18/07/2012 10:26 pm

    You draw yourself = you draw a lot of girls – but I wouldn’t say you draw like a girl. Was it meant in a derogatory sense? I think your drawings are superb – bursting with energy – I’d draw like a girl anyday!

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      19/07/2012 10:39 am

      Thanks, Rachel! It wasn’t meant as a derogatory sense – just as an observation. But as the mother of boys and a girls I am constantly confronted with ‘girls are like/boys are like’ statements, and it’s hard to figure out how much truth there is in them, and how much it’s to do with societal preconceptions.

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