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September 13th, 2006

Values and Shading. [Sep. 13th, 2006|12:18 am]
Jesse Hamm
Someone on the Comics Journal messboard asked how artists go about studying values and shading, and putting those things to use in comics. I wrote a lengthy reply that I might as well archive here before it disappears:

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"There are no flats in A-mer-ica, and the streets are paved with D's." [Sep. 13th, 2006|03:38 pm]
Jesse Hamm


At left: the British poster/cover image for King Arthur.

At right: the US poster.

According to this article, American marketers don't think Keira Knightley's chest is big enough to attract American consumers. Knightley adds that American magazines won't let a woman appear on their covers unless she has at least a C-cup, or agrees to digital enhancement. The frosting on the cake is that some readers who commented on the article urge Knightley to get bigger breasts.

Notice also the lip enhancement, and the fact that they pared down Knightley's already-wafer-thin waist. And it looks like they were squeamish about the shadows in her armpits, too. How unseemly!

Hopefully I'll manage to post a sketch or two of the young lady later today, as part of a Drawing Board exercise.
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