"This realm is for grown-ups. Raw, well-ordered, ruthless, careening off the jagged edge of reality. Self-pitying dreamers are not wanted here; they cannot survive here.
I used to draw McGee's Alice all the time when I was younger, a lot of my childhood years revolved around the computer game. I was obsessed and eventually at some point the game became my wonderland to escape from reality. I thought it was time for tribute.
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I think the reason most people initially think she's a guy is because her chin's a bit stronger than the usual of girls, and her shoulders are more straight-lined than typical drawn girl-shoulders which tend to curve more. I thought she was a dude on first glance too (because I am too used to pretty-boys populating deviantart), but subsequent looks completely irradicated the thought. (That hip. .)
It's a really, really, pretty, picture though, so no matter what gender people think she is, they'll still like it anyway.
I get people assuming the main character of my webcomic is a girl because he has long black hair, so I understand the frustration. To me, Alice is very clearly a woman here. I love how soft you made the textures and how pretty it all is despite the dark context.
I think they get these ideas in their heads of what all women and all men look like and then just stick to that. But... Alice in the game has been through so much. She is still beautiful... and she's damaged. She certainly is not going to be caked in makeup when not in Wonderland. :-p For all of that, I think this piece is perfect. :-D
I would try to describe how great this piece is... but my vocabulary wouldn't do any justice to this. Though if I may try, I would describe this first as horrifically beautiful. The position that she is in, I feel, couldn't be better. Her expression gives me chills, the way she is holding the stuffed animal (though disfigured) gives me a different emotion (perhaps relief or joy?), and the drawings on the wall makes me wonder. Though out of everything, I love the blurred knife the most. The piece works perfectly, but after being focused to the butterfly due to the light then your eyes move to her face as you gaze down and around to complete the room. At the last second, after you declared you were finished, this blood stained knife stabbed in "something" is shown. Almost invisible at first glance, but shown so clearly afterwards. It shows a form of true meaning of what the character did. It's truly a masterpiece to me, and a roller coaster of emotions from fear to insecurity. +fav