I'm a norwegian 18-year-old who likes harlequins&clowns (juggling is also a huge hobby of mine), psychology, birds, coffee, videogames, industrial music, horrormovies and the colour blue. I draw, sew and rant a lot. The picture above is of a costume I've made of The Harlequin from Assassin's creed Brotherhood. I'm new to cosplaying, so that's my first real cosplay (however, it's not finished. I'll probably post more pictures when it's done).
I don't blog too often but what you can find on my blog right now is videogame stuff, Assassin's creed - often cosplay -, Game of Thrones, pretty birds, cats, me flirting with acrophobicillustrator - also known as the sassier, british version of me - and me accidentally (or sometimes intentionally) insulting people.
Ever since I’ve made my drawing technique into a more realistic style, a lot of my friends keep calling all the female characters I draw manly. I look at them, and I don’t see a single of their faces that have a ‘manly’ (as in they all have muscles on their face) attribute to them, and it really hurts my feelings even though it sounds stupid.
I just don’t want to make extremely dainty characters, but it seems to my friends that if you are to be a girl, you have to be a dainty flower or something like that.
I just wanted a few of my characters to have some spunk on their appearance, really.
Okay, as I see it there are two possible scenarios.
1. Your friends are fans of generic anime (or any other style where facial structure doesn’t matter a lot) and they most likely know absolutely nothing about facial proportions.
2. They actually have a point and are offering constructive critisism to help you get better.
I can’t know which scenario is correct, because I haven’t seen your drawings. What I would suggest that you do regardless of the scenario is that you keep practicing at realism or drawing in a more realistic way, but keep in mind what separates the men from the women. I know people who just flat out stopped drawing men altogether because they thought they were too alike women that it didn’t make sense to draw them - and that’s just silly.
It might be that your friends are correct, but bad at formulating it - maybe the case is that your men and women look so alike that it’s hard to tell the difference? No matter what the actual case is, you should not stop drawing women because of what your friends think - BUT you must not completely disregard them if they are offering helpful critisism. Women don’t have to look overly feminine, but in most cases it’s easy to separate women from men.
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