All the Ways to Draw People

  1. My daughter observed, one day last month, that it's a little annoying that in cartoonish illustrations, girls are shown with eyelashes and boys aren't. Everyone has eyelashes, she said, so it would make sense to draw them on everyone. She wanted to know why illustrators "aways draw girls like that."
  2. Aha! I said. They don't! Plenty of illustrators are interested in showing all of the ways girls (and boys too) can look without taking shortcuts. They draw people as we see them: big, small, short hair, long hair, and so on.
  3. I showed her the best and clearest example I could think of: @roaringsoftly's illustrations of women, both from her Etsy shop and her Instagram project "Draw Me, Tyler."
    (All images are Tyler's. I can't imagine that anyone isn't following her already, but if you're not, do it! And support her shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/roaringsoftly)
  4. We have the book "Rosie Revere, Engineer," so she was fascinated by this illustration. We went down a rabbit hole investigating the original "Rosie" for a little while after she saw this. Not sure why we hadn't before actually.
  5. She was SO thrilled!! She examined the illustrations for a long time and was satisfied that the women all looked different and real.
  6. Then she sat down and drew this:
    Sorry, it's cut off a little.
  7. It shows various facial expressions, eyebrow shapes, eye colors, and (my personal favorite) types of legs people might have: "yes hair", "no hair", and "prosthetic." There was also various types of (head) hair but that's cut off too.
  8. So I ordered a print from Tyler to be the center of a gallery wall for my girl's room. I want the wall to reflect her ever-widening and inclusive view of the world. I'm so excited to build it with her!
    I ordered the "strong as hell" print you see above. It arrived and looks terrific!
  9. Thank you, Tyler, for being a beautiful example to my daughter of how art can represent everyone. 💜