Hello AWN friends,
I was wondering if you all could throw in your two cents on a topic I'm studying for a research paper! I'm learning about the way that character designers give "gender" to non-human characters.
In other words, how do you make a non-human character look like a boy or a girl?
Do some methods seem more legitimate to you than others? (For instance, just slapping a bow on on a buffalo's head to make it female might seem lazy...or not-- it could be "ironic" haha)
I've also noticed that in a lot of cartoons, only the female animal characters have distinguishing "gender" markers, (like eyelashes), whereas if there aren't any gender markers, people automatically assume the character is male.
Does this make designing female characters different, since they carry an obligation to differentiate themselves as feminine? Or is it pretty much the same?
Thanks for your input! I should have wrote sooner, since the paper is due in four days, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
Happy Memorial Weekend :)