Time for a nap.
There are some Spoonflower shenanigans in the works on my sewing table, erm, I mean the dining room table. ;)
Who would like to have this little guy hanging out on their sofa? If my art page hits 2500 likes, there will surely be one up for grabs! In the meantime these are for a super secret project that will be up and running in the next few weeks.
YAY FERRET TEASE.
If these guys fare well with people then I will make some other designs, perhaps some potoos and ratties and other critters of mischief!
You guys have all heard of Lumberjanes by now, right?
I’m happy to say that my exclusive cover for Lumberjanes #1 is for sale at Challengers Comics in Chicago (my hometown!) coinciding with Noelle's signing there this past weekend. I think the whole Lumberjanes crew is ace and I'm excited to have contributed to such a girl-positive comics series, drawn and written by awesome ladies!
I’ve been watching a lot of River Monsters and I really liked the idea of setting the Lumberjanes off on a canoeing adventure with an unexpected catch. I’ve since been informed that the canoe I drew totally looks like a vagina. It was unintentional, but I’m more than ok with that! By ladies for ladies, amirite??
YOU REALLY THINK A FUCKIN PANCAKE IS GONNA FIX THIS HEATHER
A series of unfortunate event made my birthday feel like this last month. But it’s OK, I’m doing it right for 35, come hell or high water. >:)
High-Jump Stripper Boots! -
So, there’s been a stink kicked up over the new design of Samus’s power boots.
Responses in favor of this design have ranged from “OMG HOT!” to “Why does anyone even care?” Well, I care. A lot. As a character designer who pays rent designing, well, characters and a…
I like this analysis.
I always thought it was like: Metroid 1: Look she’s a girl let me make that obvious with these graphics
Metroid 2: see above we don’t even have color this time but she’s tough
Super Metroid: This is where I like her the best. It’s still a little bit of fanservice, yes, but look at her. From what I can tell, she’s got a lot of muscles. She stands powerful. Her outfit looks like what someone might work out in. I felt like that was a statement like: “The suit is my regular clothing,” It was also like “Hey, not every good-looking blonde is a ditz, they can kick ass too.” I liked that. I liked her in the player’s guide. Still not quite a realistic representation, but she’s effectively peak human condition with enhanced DNA.
Fusion: Apparently she’s an anime character here? IDK it had good writing and character development and the fusion suit was kickass so
Zero Mission: Here’s where we see the modern design showing up. With the exception of the third image on the top I’d say she still comes off as a really good-looking badass. She’s still pretty muscular. I’d also like to point out that in the concept art they noted not to make her boots have any heel height. The full body suit made a ton of sense to me because I figured wearing the suit with a two-piece and exposed legs seemed inefficient and potentially painful and/or dangerous. A skin tight suit to protect herself from heating up too much in the suit, electical burns from malfunctions, chafing and scraping from the various metal joints… and having in skin-tight prevented it from getting caught. So I felt that hey Samus wears practical things.
Loved her in the prime games. Especially in the very few cutscenes in Prime 2 and 3. Her walk, her stance just exuded confidence and power. She just felt like a powerful woman, and I thought that was really true to her original design. Jennifer Hale made her sound tough (even if it was just grunts and pain), which really added to it.
And I imagine if you’re reading this far you’ve seen both smash bros and Other M images.
Other M made her shorter, less muscular, and she generally had less agency throughout the game (contrast to everything prior, manga and fusion included). Bleh. Her voice was extremely passive and reflective. She was less sexy than most other incarnations, but she felt weak compared to her powerful and intimidating prior incarnations.
Her voice in Brawl just sounded way more sensual, less rough and tough no nonsense hunter I had perceived her to be. She was less muscular and had larger breasts (for some reason? I didn’t see the reason), and I feel that was much more fanservice-y than other games.
And now we have the newest smash. I don’t like it for the majority of reasons listed, especially the high heels. This analysis is a pretty good representation of how I feel about it.
I’d also like to note: There’s nothing wrong with being badass and sexy at the same time. Wearing makeup and having long hair makes a lot of sense for her character (breaking away from military regulations, finding ways to express her womanhood and creativity when she must feel like a weapon or a tool to people a lot of the time). She was never a realistically proportioned character to begin with (Bird DNA - woo), but now its just become more fanservice-y than “peak human condition badass.” Those are just my feelings, nothing really hard data or anything.
This probably won’t be the last I say on this either.
Thank you for adding a visual chronology to the discussion. We’re not just making stuff up or being “overly sensitive”. Samus has become a backwards Lara Croft; Lara went from two-dimensional titty protagonist to being well on her way to multi-faceted badass. Samus, unfortunately, has gone in the other direction.