Journal Entry: Wed Dec 5, 2012, 6:45 PM
There's news ... kind of.
I've been hired by an actual company to do actual art. With a contract and everything. It's not permanent, but there is legal paperwork ... so that has to mean something. One of these legal papers means none of the finished art, none of the sketches, and none of the any part of it will be here. But that's pretty standard.
I'm going to let myself be excited about this. I get to work with the husband, which I always love, and the guy I'm working for is great. Not only does he have a ton of interesting concepts and thoughts running about in his head, but he has this idea that I really *really* like.
He doesn't want objectified, unrealistic women with exaggerated anatomy and bikini-armor -which is paradise to my artistic sensibilities. Not just that, but he was able to bring up the topic, without blinking and without apology, in front of a woman. It actually took a while for that bit of conversation to sink in.
I never, in my lifetime, thought I'd hear something like that. Even in college the teachers would politely look away when I brought up the subject. I take that back. One of them *did* bring it up once and I was surprised by his sincerity and his indictment of his field and peers. But he was the only one. Most of the time, it was the opposite. (I even had a teacher say that I should be tolerant of the sexual objectification of girls under 15 because it's "cultural". I still want to put her head through a wall for that one.) Most of the people I've encountered thus far have been a part of the problem. Male and female alike.
I'm not going to pretend that this means sexism is over or that the problem of objectifying women in the media and entertainment has come to a screeching halt. It hasn't. We, all of us, still have a long way to go. But it's one instance of something going in the right direction and one man-in-charge who has his head on correctly. And if I'm going to do comic-style work, I'm glad it's for a client who is man enough to want real women in his stories.
I can't wait to get started.