I think Star Saphire is too under-dressed and insane to walk around like that, yet it is accepted. Only natural to let men do the same. This burns my eyes, however, so I hope DC goes another route and starts dressing the women up a little more. xD I really don't want to see this constantly. *eyes bleed at the thought*
I got this drawing from a article about female liberation....sadly enough this reminds me of how women are portrayed in the comics in comparison to males. But before I get emotional I like the coloring a lot. Very nicely done! Keep up the good work.
I giggled so much at picturing an entire comic of him wearing this. Really it makes me wonder how anyone gets through seeing a Star Sapphire without completely expiring of laughter. Ah well, male fantasy over function and all that, right?
And only the women are portrayed like immature adolescent fantasies (Starfire). I remember in the 70's where the creative team for Legion of Superheroes had to guts to give a guy a more revealing outfit because they decided it was about time to try it.
But, on the subject of male costuming, it's still pretty bad. I mean, it's hard to point out a guy that doesn't have biceps larger than his head. And, if they're lean muscles, they're still over-muscled, like Spiderman. Plus, there's the fact that most men are in skinsuits which, if colored their skin tone, is basically nudity anyways.
Honestly the portrayal of both genders is pretty awful, especially in the big two.
I think that this is a test all comic/serial media/whatever artists should do for new outfits for their female characters. Put it on one of your male characters and if it makes him look like a male stripper, you are doing it wrong.
That being said, he does look mighty good! Also, another vote for Guy here
Request two-of-two...if they keep coming in, I may do it!
Usually, when I draw female characters, I think about how practical it would be for them to walk down a street in the clothing, for whatever setting they're in. For the costume to be "normal" every other person's clothing should match it in some way. Occasionally, you can have a character who's dressed scantily or weirdly, but for general, normal clothing it needs to match the world around it. Therefore, lots of scantily clad women means lots of scantily clad men and vice versa.
Example, Barbarian/Stone Age characters. Women in loin cloths, men in loin cloths. Another example, Princess of Mars. Smokin' hot Dejah Thoris naked and arousing? Well, John Carter is smokin' hot, naked, and arousing.
If there's lots of leather, then both sexes are in leather. Lots of armor, both are in armor. And so on.