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In the comic world, if you draw a lot of girls, it's easy to get lumped in with cookie cutter 'bad girl' artists which is not really my thing. I am very grateful that my work seems to be very 'girl friendly' (and girlfriend-friendly!). I hear a lot of nice things from female comic fans at cons and it always makes me feel like I'm on the right track. I also hear a lot of, "My wife really liked the picture you drew for me and she hates comics" type stories ;)
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AndyBoBo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
The content of your post is something that I think about often. You have a very unique style and that, above anything else, is what draws me to continue to commission pieces from you (what I think it was 5 this year). Also though, your artwork has the pin-up appeal without needing to keep it boxed-up. I gladly look through my commissions from you in front of my wife and the little guy crawling around. Yet, I have boxes - GFT covers come to mind (no offense to those artists) - that I would not be able to do the same with. I have recently decided to part ways with all my nude or explicit books (non-commissions) primarily because I do not want to offend my wife and premturely expose my son to these things. It's not the nudity - I actually think that is healthy - but the language of the piece is, to me, the most concern. Coincidently, that language is what makes a piece stand out.

[and, just to make sure... I'm not an idiot - I understand that my crawling 10 mo old will have absolutely no clue what he is looking at; I am more concerned when he's 2 or 3, walking around pulling my books off the shelf and asking me, or my wife, to explain to him what is going on in the pictures...]
MichaelDooney Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I know artists whose kids grew up around lots of nude art and comics and they just never made a big deal out of it, but I think that it's good to reconsider stuff from time to time, especially when the fam is involved.
InkBurstStudios Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I'm a girl and I actually introduced your work to my boyfriend. I love it! We've got one of your Black Cat prints hanging in our apartment and a sketchbook on our coffee table. Anyone I've ever shown your work to just loves it. I love how you capture a realistic form of beauty but still have that comic book flair. Congrats on so many people responding well to your work. I look forward to seeing more.
MichaelDooney Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
thanks for the kind words ;)
mini-merry Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
It's easy to see that not only is your work universally gorgeous to anyone that views it, but your females always have an air of strenght and independence that I personally feel a lot of other artists both male and female that I have observed often miss the mark on.

I may not comment on your girl art as much but I always look at every piece and marvel at the beauty of it!
MichaelDooney Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
thanks girl. Too many comic artists focus more on body parts than character I'm afraid to say....but ironically some that do are wildly successful ;) I know because I've sat next to them at cons and seen it up close ;)
whoisrico Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep! You're a class act no doubt! In semi-related Michael Dooney news, I saw a solicitation for Vampirella VS Fluffy and was VERY disappointed to find Fluffy was some lame Buffy knock-off and not Gizmo's trusty, fingerless sidekick ;p
MichaelDooney Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Too bad, Fluffy could so kick Vampy's butt too.
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I tend to depict beautiful female characters in the damsel-in-distress role in my art, usually being terrorized by monsters. Or my female characters may be beautiful monsters themselves. ...I have no idea if it is right or wrong, it's just what I do. I love the "beauty and the beast" theme. I also suspect this might be an ingrained instinct from growing up as a big brother whose favorite childhood passtime was terrorizing my little sister's friends when we were kids. Haha!

My natural assumption is that women will be offended by my artwork. But I am frequently amazed that I actually get a lot of compliments on my work from females. I hope they recognize the intended playfulness hiding under the surface of all my gross monsters. ...And I also suspect ladies secretly enjoy "sexy art" as much as us guys do... though it may not be very ladylike to admit it! My wife is the real yardstick I measure my stuff by. As long as she enjoys my artwork - and does not find it offensive - then I figure it must be okay. In the end, the only thing you can do is create the art that comes most naturally to you, and own it, proudly!

RoCueto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've allways found the ammount of women who are disturbed by art depicting females, pretty disturbing.

But your art is great :)
SilkSpectreII Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as a girl drawing girls and enjoying comics I can only underline this - besides, your drawings are great, Michael! :D
Dark-Blue-Abaddon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great man
Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Congrats Mike! I know how it is; you tell people you draw girls and they look at you like you've got a bug on your face lol

but then BOOM! you show them you can draw nice pictures and then they're like "oh wow these are actually nice and i can enjoy them in the presence of my family" :rofl:
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