Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Epitome of Liefeld

Looking at this preview piece from Rob Liefeld's upcoming short stint on Teen Titans with Gail Simone, I am struck by how well that this piece sums up Liefeld's artistic career.

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For those who dislike him, this piece is pretty funny, as it is full of the things that people generally make fun of him for.

- The increased bust size (on a teen girl, to boot)

- The weird looking hands

- The wristbands covering up the lack of wrists

- The odd anatomy

However, for those who like him, this piece is also a good example of why Liefeld is so popular.

- The piece is very dynamic and striking.

- The piece draws your attention to it, with the stiltled power of the drawing (and yes, some would say it draws them to it because of how bad it looks, like a trainwreck draws in an audience).

So it struck me as quite amusing how well this piece reflects both why Liefeld is mocked as an artist and also why there are so many fans of his art.


Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Is it just me, or does she appear to have no neck?

4/28/2005 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Rob Liefeld's upcoming short stint on Teen Titans with Gail Simone."

Those words do not make any sense to me when combined.

4/28/2005 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Shaenon said...

Shouldn't the giant boobs go in the "reasons Liefeld is so popular" column?

It's unfortunate how Wonder Girl's head has fallen onto her torso, causing her shoulderblades to crack and splinter. But really, Rob Liefeld is so magnificently bad that he's beyond criticism, so I'll shut up now and not even point out the matchstick thighs and the bulbous batch swinging around between them.

4/29/2005 04:14:00 AM  
Blogger Woody! said...

If there's one thing about Rob you can't make fun of (and I think there's only one), it's his passion and energy for comics.

I'd love to see his take on Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, though.

4/29/2005 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Loughlin said...

How much you want to bet his Cyborg will be made up entirely of light-boxed Cable drawings?

4/29/2005 07:43:00 AM  
Blogger Lex said...

I saw that in a Newsarama article. Liefeld seems to know the criticisms of his work. He said that, after seeing people comment on that Wonder Girl drawing, he's making sure to decrease her bust size.

I may not be a fan of his work, but I respect that he can recognize his faults and work to improve them.

4/29/2005 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Apodaca said...

Well, at least it only took him a decade to recognize his flaws as an artist.

4/30/2005 11:26:00 PM  
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4/30/2005 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Vanderwolff said...

Rob Liefeld's popularity/notoriety is a result of fans' acceptance of subpar work---and their embrace of the familiar. Mr Liefeld still navigates in the same creative marshlands he did over a decade ago...and the process of acquiring new skillsets is almost non-existent. Not all famous illustrators start off impressively, but most do mature rapidly under the engine of their own integrity or quest for creative maturity. If you look at Burne Hogarth's first-year run on Tarzan after Hal Foster, it's not jaw-droppingly good, in fact, it's painfully amateurish; indeed, one would have been hard-pressed to understand why the editors chose him as a follow-up to Foster. But in a little more than a year, Hogarth was developing a style that, while not to the liking of all, was genuinely arresting and constantly evolving. Mr. Liefeld has been aped, lampooned, derided and hailed as an innovator, all of which misses the point---Why does Liefeld draw the way he does? Because as long as he finds work, why (barring some sudden stroke of artistic self-realization) should he tinker with the formula?

5/01/2005 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like most Liefled women, she has an enormous crotch bulge too.

7/25/2005 02:08:00 PM  
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