Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.
Those who say the Black Widow’s fighting style is just movie bullshit can see the above. ^ Shit is terrifyingly real.
I think I’m in love.
She’s so tiny.
But she could kill me.
I will reblog this flying head scissors every time it comes on my dash because it’s so fucking awesome.
She did that shit wearing pigtails jfc
more you tilt your body your character will get away from danger
the louder you yell, the more critical hits you’ll land
when you stand up you can see everyone’s weakspots
when you tilt your head you’ll be able to see more of the area
When you lean forward, you get +30% concentration.
When you use controller 1, it means you’ll win
Throwing yourself bodily to the side helps you avoid obstacles in racing.
Threatening the playable character with physical injury will make platform puzzles easier.
All of these things. All of them.
This entire post sums up my belief system from the time I was five years old to now.
Work progress gif for Leave it Broken :D
I forgot to mention in the gif, but the character, layer overlay, and paint over was done in Paint tool SAI and then edited in Photoshop.
I made a tutorial a while back on how to integrate 3D backgrounds to help speed up the drawing process for comic artists. Check it out if you’re interested. :D
On one hand, this is worse than tracing. This is cheating of the highest order, anybody who uses sketchup should be hanged.
On the other hand I’ve never been worth half a shit at backgrounds, and how much can I honestly expect of myself?
On the third hand, nothing I say will ever get me to use this before I’ve learned to do it in my head.
Ok, I am getting tired of people calling using 3D as “cheating”.
Cheating? Cheating at what? If I entered a draw-background-from-imagination contest, then yeah, this is cheating. But the goal here is to illustrate a graphic novel in a reasonable time. I don’t hear people calling Pixar movies cheating. Why don’t they draw everything by hand? Oh wait, it’ll take a million years before a movie comes out.
I’m not trying to gain false praise so people can say “Oh wow, look how well she can draw backgrounds!” If that were the case, why the hell would I show the work progress and even make a tutorial? People need to keep in mind that different artists have different goals. Yours may be to perfect drawing everything from imagination, mine happens to be to illustrate a story before I’m 70, because unlike Pixar, I am a one woman team doing research, paying rent, and working on 2 graphic novels at the same time. (though this story won’t be released until 2013).
So if you think I should be hanged for that, then you need to seriously open up your mind. Artists aren’t clones programmed to have one goal in mind. That’s not saying we shouldn’t try to improve ours skills without 3D, because it will come in handy for many other situations. I honestly wouldn’t be able to integrate 3D and 2D if I didn’t learn how to draw everything in 2D the old fashioned way. Sketchup just speeds up the process.
So before you closed mindedly shut off the potentials of 3D, ask yourself, what are your goals as an artist, and what’s the best way to get there? Is it to practice until you can show off and say “look at all the backgrounds I can draw without Sketchup!” or is to create something greater than an image about skills? Pixar did, and they seem pretty damn successful to me.
While I do think that telling someone they need to be hanged for using a 3D program is not only very harsh, and uncalled for- Yuumei, I honestly believe the person does have a point in their rant. One of the most challenging aspects of an artist is the ability to draw complex backgrounds for their characters to live in. It’s tough and frustrating, and oftentimes many people tend to just forget about it. I’ve seen you do backgrounds before Yuumei. They are wonderful, however I worry that you might be going down the path of using this program as a crutch for backgrounds as opposed to making them yourself anymore. When you use a substitute like this as a way to avoid doing something challenging- best case scenario, you stagnate on that skill. Worse case scenario- you actually begin to regress. Also going on the defensive and saying that you use it because you want to finish your story before your 70 is in my opinion, a bit of an insult to other comic artists the same age as you, who draw everything in their comics by hand, and still manage to get it done on schedule. The better you are at something, the faster and easier you will get at doing it. Backgrounds included.
Also using Pixar as an example to justify your use of this program is really petty, and also a bit incorrect. While yes Pixar does use digital programs to create their movies, do you realize that they go through tons and tons of drawn, fleshed out concept art of characters and backgrounds before they even THINK about making the final 3D model? Because they do. In fact, every CGI film does. While yes, they are all in a team, Pixar understands the concept of drawing and fleshing out backgrounds first. 3D programs is only a means of which they want to present their final product.
Now we’re getting kind of ridiculous and into the zone of imagining other people’s life without knowing it. How do you know I don’t sketch out a story before using a 3D model? Are all the Fisheye Placebo drawings I’ve been posting not concept art enough for you? I never posted all the concept art, including backgrounds, for Knite, so that must mean they don’t exist, right? I must poop out each story panel as I go, without any planning whatsoever, which is totally why Fisheye Placebo won’t be released until 2013 cuz I just like to make people wait for no reason.
And no, I don’t think I will stagnate or regress on any skills because as I’ve said this so many times before, this process is for COMICS. It is for settings that will be used multiple times, because quite frankly, it’s not worth the time building a model that will be used only once. That will take more time than save which means other backgrounds are still 100% from mind to hand. The only exception for using one time pre-made models is when I’m testing out a technique, which is for practice purposes only. Yeah, practice. Don’t think integrating 3D with 2D figures doesn’t take practice to perfect. So the point is, I’m not telling people to ditch practicing the old way altogether and use 3D from now on. This is to present a faster alternative way of working. If Pixar isn’t enough of an example for you, check out the anime industry that uses a lot of 3D to aid their 2D animation. The newest anime this season, K Project, uses 3D backgrounds rendered to look like 2D, and even the characters had 3D references. They are presenting the work as 2D, but it’s made with heavy 3D aid. What’s your critique then? Go tell the animators for Project K, or heck, all the animators in Production I.G. that their skills are regressing and they will think you’re crazy.
As for comparing to other artists who draws by hand and still get it done on time, good for them. They work their way, I work my way, which includes going to lectures, watching hours upon hours of documentaries, reading crap load of articles/books, and stalking hackers online to get the primary source without media bias as part of my story writing process. This falls into the don’t-compare-people-you-don’t-know category. But hey, maybe those other artists also spend most of their time doing research and they are just so amazing, but I wouldn’t know, so I’m not going to judge. <—- see how that works?
However, NONE of this is even relevant. Does it matter how they work vs how I work? I’m not lying about how I work, and I’m not human trafficking or some illegal shit to get my work done. I’m not giving up drawing backgrounds from imagination either. I’m just using a well know technique from the animation industry to apply to comics to speed up the process. Simple as that.
You can run or you can drive. Sure, you’ll run faster and faster if you practice, but as long as you don’t stop using your legs altogether, it’s hell of a lot faster to get somewhere by driving.
*Sigh* sorry for all the ranting today. I’ve been reading these kinds of comments for a while now, ever since I posted that 3D background tutorial, and all the pent up urge to facepalm at people’s closed mindedness finally exploded. In some ways I am reminded of people who thinks contemporary abstract art is bad compared to realistic Renaissance art. Only those ignorant of basic art history will think art is all about skills at depicting reality. I think I’m going to write an article about what is art one of these days… The shear amount of ignorance floating on the internet is maddening.
I just feel like reblogging this because I agree with Yuumei 110% and why the hell does some people make such a big fuss about this =__=
Oops I did the logo a bit wrong. It was hard thinking of all those fandoms and I dont know if i repeated anything or not
Dont forget to tag your fandoms
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