Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some Thoughts on Poses in Art

I suppose some people might have issues with the pose of my sorceress in "Conjuring the Dragon", but it's not meant to be a static pose. The sorceress isn't just standing there; she is in motion, casting her conjuring spell. Actually, I based the pose on a drawing of a cowgirl in action in Barbara Bradley's book DRAWING PEOPLE: HOW TO PORTRAY THE CLOTHED FIGURE. I doubt Ms. Bradley had set out to draw a sexist image of a cowgirl.

Anyway, my point is, art is not necessarily all about capturing still-life; art can be about capturing a fleeting moment, an action snapshot, as it were. People in motion may be posed differently, more dynamically, than people standing still. Those criticising the poses of women in fantasy art do have to take this fact into consideration. Those who know anything about art should know this.

Conjuring the Dragon
Cover-art for OG's Speculative Fiction 32, September 2011
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

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