Monthly Archives: May 2014

Tumblr Body Confidence Art 1.

note: This will be a mass review of various art that I found influential and relevent to my work but could not really qualify for full critical journals themselves.

1) Monster Girl by Cutosphere



The artist said she wanted the term ‘monster girl’ to show how the media dehumanises women, but here I like to think of it as the way girls are different from each other. As the girl says ‘I wouldn’t mind being a monster’ as if she could embrace the things make her ‘monstrous’ but when other people start to comment on her appearance it makes the ‘monster’ seem like a bad thing rather than a good thing. This piece was really helpful for the progression of my project and the reasons for choosing to use monsters in my work rather than just human girls.
I like the way this comic has a character that doesn’t appear to be affected by the people who don’t look like her in the media but seems to just be stuck in a world where everyone else is affected by that. She doesn’t mind being different until people around her started commenting on her body hair or her size. This subtly comments on bullying, or peer pressure to look a certain way or fit in rather than pressure from the media.

Patrick Miller – Shears

I found this image in ‘Hand Job: A catalog of type’ but have not been able to find any other source for this piece, or the artist who did it.

The typography here is fun and inventive. I particularly enjoy the way it links to what it’s advertising, a barbers called ‘shears’. I have been trying to do a similar thing within my project, linking the typography and or speech bubbles to the characters. I was inspired by this piece for the style of the hair on the yeti speech bubble.

The way the hair is drawn makes it look sleek and clean which is subtle but effective as if the hair had been unruly and messy I do not think this would have worked as well. This way it gives a quirky sense of elegence and cleanliness associated with barbers shops, if the hair had been messy it would have come off badly advertising the shop.

Since half the type is just normal it makes the typography look amusing, as if every letter has a full head of hair. This also ensures the letters are not disguised by the ‘ornate’ hair, making it still easily readable and not a struggle for the viewer.

Brian Holderman

Brian Holderman is known for creating a vividly colored cartoon world of poison, mis-happenings, and temptation. The image above entitled ‘siren’ is a visual embodiment of that quote, the snakes and female suggest temptation, while the black droplets form a ‘poison’ also.

I find this image very interesting as it combines both monster-like creatures and sexy pin up themes, and pulls it off very well. The character is mostly human looking but the colours, particularly the blue skin make her look very ghostly or dead, similarly to Tim Burton’s corpse bride. The red and black surrounding the blue give an ominous feel to the image, emphasizing the ghostly feeling of the overall image.

Similarly to classic pin up’s this character is drawn with a confident aura, looking down at the viewer in a powerful position – holding two large snakes. The character is surrounded by danger though this gives her a kind of ‘bad girl’ sexiness, rather than a virtuous beauty.

The way Holderman builds up the background with the three main colours reminds me of a waterfall, as if the background is falling down making way for the main attraction. This effect helps to make the block colour foregrounds stand out. The minimal colours and the block formation of them gives a vintage horror poster/b-movie look to the image which reflects Holdermans much used themes ‘poison, mishappenings and temptation’

Holderman’s other work has this same kind of bad horror film poster vibe to them such as this one below, advertising a show of his work. I like his style of only using 2-3 block colours in each of his works because it’s simple but he uses colours that contrast each other to create a striking image that intrigues the audience.

Anna Hill


The inspiration was from noticing beauty ads over the years looking unrealistically perfect, and thinking that they may as well be advertising Photoshop than what they sell. I just decided to make a fun, exaggerated parody of the ads and turn them around to make Photoshop the beauty product, instead.


Hill’s satyrical posters are effective as they show what can be done using photoshop and highlights just how fake the images we see in magazines everyday are. “Given that a worrying number of female consumers believe that advertisements depict models and celebrities as they seem in real life, these images are a refreshing reminder of just how far digital editing can go”. The images are funny because they don’t try to pretend that they’re not edited, rather they emphasize the fact that they are edited. The one of the split face particularly shows how much editing can do as there is a direct comparrison whereas in her other images there is just the edited photograph with advertisements for photoshop to show it is edited.

This draws attention to the serious issue that today’s beauty standards are built from severely manipulated images of models and not real images of people, but she makes it lighthearted by turning it into an advert for photoshop and adding these dry comments e.g. ‘for that poreless android look you’ll never achieve in real life’.

What makes these images particularly successful is that the editing is done so well that it looks like the image could have just been plucked from a magazine and not created solely to satirize this kind of thing.