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The Hawkeye Initiative

About 12 years ago for a class project I argued that sexism was not inherently embedded in the female nude in art (or images of women, period), but coded in the poses. Wish I’d thought of the following to make my point: The Hawkeye Initiative exposes what we’re so used to seeing that we don’t notice it any more: it shows the ludicrous and the sexploitative in comics by replacing heroines with the buff Hawkeye character in the same pose—-drawn by whoever wants to participate, with some pretty hilarious results.

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Glorious multimedia work from Nayoun Kim. Seen last night at Sheridan College’s illustration programme’s grad show at the Glass Factory, Toronto. Unfortunately it appears the show was open only the one night. Hey, funding bodies at Sheridan - your illo students deserve a week-long show at least!

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Howard Chandler Christy specialized in Edwardian era pretty-girl subjects painted with the sort of looseness popular with the American bourgeois classes of the late Gilded Age. He’s remembered today for the WW I poster captioned “Gee! If I were a boy I’d join the US Navy!” with a grinning girl wearing her brother’s sailor outfit. Here, such fluff is abandoned for a more serious message (without abandoning the girl as object of a salacious gaze, note). He combines a 19th C allegory with a flapper, to create this rather spooky comment on modernity and its attractions and pitfalls. Some of the technical aspects are a bit iffy - weird shadow on the chest area - but the painting, taken as a whole, is to my mind his most interesting and contains some superb passages. It will be offered Dec 10 at Illustration House's next auction; more eye candy  on the site.

Howard Chandler Christy specialized in Edwardian era pretty-girl subjects painted with the sort of looseness popular with the American bourgeois classes of the late Gilded Age. He’s remembered today for the WW I poster captioned “Gee! If I were a boy I’d join the US Navy!” with a grinning girl wearing her brother’s sailor outfit. Here, such fluff is abandoned for a more serious message (without abandoning the girl as object of a salacious gaze, note). He combines a 19th C allegory with a flapper, to create this rather spooky comment on modernity and its attractions and pitfalls. Some of the technical aspects are a bit iffy - weird shadow on the chest area - but the painting, taken as a whole, is to my mind his most interesting and contains some superb passages. It will be offered Dec 10 at Illustration House's next auction; more eye candy¬† on the site.

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The future of letterpress - Letterpress App

I was worried about this - thought it might just be some cheesy app ripping off a letterpress look - but it’s actually more of a museum project with a smart and useful app that will help preserve the art form both in its original medium and its new digital incarnation.

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