Well, I'm currently doing sketches for a webcomic, which I might end up drawing if it lasts beyond the two week "current obsession" mark and my graphics tablet arrives. I've started drawing a beach episode, and I've hit upon a few problems:
1. My cast includes more women than men. I only just realised that, and it's more or less been because it's a little easier to draw fancy female outfits without making them look ridiculous. If the group goes to the beach, I'm automatically adding more male appeal than female appeal, aren't I?
2. I have one female character who is trying to flirt with another character, and so I drew her with a rather attractive looking swimsuit that shows off her body. She's doing this deliberately, she wants the other character to be looking at her, and she's not some shy moe girl who's way out of her league doing this, she has a somewhat vampish way of pursuing him. The guy is, if anything, the shy moe one in this relationship. Is it still wrong to do?
2b. Equally, I can't think of any way to give a guy in the other cast something equally fanservicey, because when I think of swimwear for men I think "Speedo" or "trunks", and neither of them seem that much more attractive to me. Which brings me to...
3. I have no idea what women would find attractive about a beach episode. Is the entire thing sexist? Is it just because I'm male and I'm missing the attractiveness factor of a man in trunks? It just seems to me that male swimsuits say "He's a guy at the beach", whereas female swimsuits can say anything from "This girl is shy and modest" to "This girl is pretty body-confident". I guess this is the problem of not having a woman on staff (or any staff, for that matter.) My girlfriend told me that girls who are into manga or anime are likely to just appreciate to generically cute guys who can be shipped, so I don't need to worry about the outfit for fanservice as long as I can put some ship tease in, but if I'm only teasing a relationship for the guys, but I'm giving some bonafide fanservice for the girls, isn't that just as sexist?
4. On top of all this, to be genuinely eglatarian, I should consider fanservice for GLBT people.
I have no idea what that would be, apart from yuri/yaoi pandering.
So, any help here guys and girls?
EDIT: Also, hi! First post.
edited 23rd Oct '10 6:13:36 AM by armageddon