Posted 4 days ago

Oh hey guess what I’ve been watching on Netflix…

Posted 1 week ago

Spent the last few weeks watching Buffy: the Vampire Slayer and Angel on Netflix, doodling as I went.  I’m nearly done with Angel, but I’ll probably keep sketching these guys.  SO much fun. 

Click the images for descriptions! 

Posted 1 week ago

Opened Photoshop for the first time in a while (due to computer issues, mostly, which are still largely unresolved), and did a quick doodle.  I’ve been trying to focus more on traditional media - specifically, traditional painting - but the ease with which Photoshop allows color and effects can’t really be underestimated.  If I had a better, stronger computer, I’d use it a lot more than I do.  Still, it’s fun coming back to after a while….

Posted 2 weeks ago

Goofing around with graphite and atmospheric perspective. 

Been AWOL for a while due to health reasons (among other stuff), but I’m back on the horse, and I’ve been sketching a ton.  More updates soon.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Excited about the Korra premiere tonight (!!) so I did a quick sketch that did nothing to temper my excitement. :P  

Few issues with this one, but for a 5-10-ish minute sketch, I’m pretty okay with it.  

Posted 1 month ago

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I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.

High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:

… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):

… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:

In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.

so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?

A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.

But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.

A setback from which we all suffer.

This is all a fascinating insight into high-heels and fashion and stuff, but DANG YOU GUYS LOOK AT THOSE PAINTINGS.  

The lighting in the George Washington one makes me feel like i”m in the room, and the drapery around Louis XIV is so exquisite I feel like I can reach out and touch the velvet and fur. 

And the Charles I painting is also nice I suppose.  

Posted 1 month ago

Work in progress.  Still a lot to do, but it’s been fun so far…


Side note: turns out it was a mistake doing the dragon first, cause man, buildings are just boring by comparison. 

Posted 1 month ago

Doodle based on this picture from Star Trek: Enterprise, cause at a glance it looks like she’s wearing big boots I guess?  (you have to squint really, really hard…)

Posted 1 month ago

I was having trouble with the 3-dimensionality of a character’s head, so I made a quick (-ish?) maquette for reference, and used it for the drawings seen here.  (the text doesn’t really mean anything; just made it up on the spot.)

It’s been a while since I’ve modeled anything in clay.  It was fun and interesting, and I’ll probably do it again soon. 

… although probably not in the clay I used for this, since — as I’ve learned — it doesn’t bake and harden under heat, but melts instead.   … oops. 

… learn from my mistakes, kids…. =\

Posted 2 months ago

Couple of portraits done in the past couple days.  The second one’s a self-portrait; it doesn’t look much like me (I think the way the glass lens refracts light is distorting and misshaping the face profile, throwing off the resemblance and just making it look weird) but I’m pretty happy with the rendering I guess?  It’s not finished, but I can only stare at my own face for so long before I start going brain-numb.  

I didn’t time either of them, but if I had to guess, I’d say they took two and five hours, respectively.

-cg