Friday, November 13, 2009

The Hellenistic Canon of Proportion

A friend picked this catalog up for me at ComicCon, knowing how much I’d love it. It advertises an anatomy doll to help artists and designers with drawing the female figure in action.
As you can see, this is no average girl. She’s a super model, super-hero type, 8:1 body to head. What’s the problem, you may ask? This doll is not “Art.” This doll, and others like it, could inform the anime drawings of a generation. This doll is not making fun or idolizing the female form, but “represents” women as they are.
Kloe can handle a beautifully grotesque photo of a woman in an art gallery, and possibly a Photoshopped woman in an advertisement, and even Barbie, but not this.
By the way, I haven’t been able to find out what is happening to my Bratz sisters, but there are many less of us for sale on the toy shelves. Mattel is crazy to cut us—there are no dolls that compare to Bratz, in my humble opinion.

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