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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.

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Raptorwolf-AML Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations (I'm sure belated but not any less well meant) This sounds like a great project to be part of and I hope that there will be other ways to share your work with us (link to a site if it ever gets posted online?)
Amybunbun Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so happy for your new adventure!
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
:glomp: Thants fantastic Nu! You must be so excited. Congrats, sounds like it's going to be a fun job for you to work on. I wish you all the best and much success hun :tighthug:
JECOLEUK Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Good for you. And well done.

You see? Build it, and they will come.
dueeast Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats! Sounds fun. :)
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
TheAmazingDiscworld Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so incredibly excited for you, Nu! Congratulations!
manga-ranga Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Congratulations on the new job =D , I'm looking forward to purchasing/reading it.

Also for some reason the whole objectification of the sexes issue made me think of this -> [link]
I'm not sure why... but it is pretty funny
razzigyrl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Too cool! :D Congrats on such awesomeness, I'm very curious now to see where such a project will go. :excited:

JeebusOfTheSwatKats Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm very glad for you and I can't wait to see how it all turns out! <3
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Freaking excited you get to work on A Project and even more so that it's something you're looking forward to! It's unspeakably sweet music to my ears as well when someone, particularly a fella, in the storytelling world doesn't throw 50% of the population under the bus for the sake of sex appeal. You are the master of real women so this is one of those perfect situations. I'm sure it'll be great and I hope we get to see your work for the project somewhere someday! Awesome news! :)
Lady-Tempest Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Congratulations, that is great to hear. I hope that it all goes smoothly, it sounds like your boss is a reasonable guy. Is there (or will there be) a site for the project you are working on?
CherryRiceSammich Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations, that's awesome! The guy you're working for sounds great- and as for the sexual objectification of girls who are under 15.... that's... that's not okay. At all. I don't understand why sexualizing children is supposed to be 'a thing'.
cjtremlett Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Congratulations, and that is wonderful!

With so much crap coming about lately emphasizing how horribly sexist all too much of science fiction/fantasy/comic book culture is, it's so nice to see some good news on that front!
PHarold Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! :la: :happybounce:

I am so excited and happy for you! What a wonderful opportunity. And of course when this guy sees your stuff (and he will be blown away by it I'm sure), this could lead to a reference at the very least. It's a big step in the right direction!

Yeah, the metal bikini thing, just never made sense to me not to mention it is so overdone, insulting and annoying. I always want the artist to put on a metal jockstrap and say to him "OK how comfortable does that feel?"

I'm so glad that this guy has a project that both of you can collaborate on. Hurray!!!
Barkis1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I wish you great successes!
Even BBWs?
deppfan85 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh awesome! So happy for you. Paid work, in an area of concept and design you love, for someone that shares your vision? So jealous!
Uneide Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Fabulous news! <3 Here is hoping the whole experience is even better than you anticipate. :)
UrSoMaC Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
That's fantastic news all the way around! Makes putting up with all the idiots worthwhile to finally work with/for someone who not only shares your artistic views, but encourages them. Totally happy for you, and no matter where this leads (its okay to get excited) - you should see how this is finally the first of many similar opportunities yet to come.
iisjah Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohmegahd!! :DD I'm super pumped for you - congrats! :D I hope the job will be everything you hope it will be! :la:

And with their such a great approach!
It seems objectification in the comic and such industry slowly...slooowly but surely passes (long way to go but there are good signs x3 )
Mythka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
That sounds very exciting! Will there be a website or something to later view your project?
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