"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