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Often we see female character design veering toward a predictable set of characteristics; unrealistically sexual, scantily clothed, and carrying a large gun outweighing her manyfold. It's cool and all, and it has its place.

But I think it would be nice to see some more thoughtful design choices happening. Give it a shot!

*edit*
haha okay, most people saw this as a male...dangit. Well, it was supposed to be a female...
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:iconkalivana:
kalivana Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
fantastic design!!!
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:iconjeffkunze:
JeffKunze Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Knew it was female right away. Nice work!
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:iconmikhailbarbosa:
MikhailBarbosa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
obviously is a female,xD.Nice work.
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I agree with your concept. I'm developing a game where the female characters wear similar body armor to the males, there's no "boob windows" on their armor for no reason. It makes no sense.
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Gorillafactor Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love ur quick paint style
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Daggerman2009 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree with you. I don't like all of the unrealistic characteristics. I get a lot of inspiration from these kind of drawings and things like that ruin it for me.

P.S. I could tell it was female by the physique :)
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:iconxpator:
XPator Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I agree, I too fall in the predictable characteristics too often. I should give it a try.

-Her eyebrows gave her away, btw. X3
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:iconninjawerewulf:
NinjaWereWulf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no no. it's definitely female... i don't understand people sometimes... its easy to tell male from female... even from far away... look at how the hips flare out... guys hips don't do that...

and you're right when it comes to females carrying a large gun that has to be at least 3 times their body weight... i always see those and think "WTF?!?!?!?" (^^,)
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:iconcorfa:
Corfa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Artist
i can see it as a girl but her eyes are to big for her face and you can see any hair in the helmet no one can put a helmet on with out a little heir getting through but love your work
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:iconwillkraemer:
WillKraemer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I saw a girl before I read it.
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:iconmonsta-e:
MONSTA-E Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
looks like you pulled a samus dude lol . but that's beside the point though, good job
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:iconmedders:
medders Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha ooh I've been wanting to do some Samus fan art haha...thanks man!
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:iconinxpitter:
inxpitter Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I'm liking the armor design a lot, female or male. Hoping for a melee style steampunk fighter.
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:iconundeamed:
undeamed Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the main problem is that it doesn't seem feminine enough to be female. too muscular a build, the armor that is. you also block the chest which is the most obvious place you would notice gender. the hands are pretty big too. you should try refining your pieces and think about what makes what you're drawing. It looks like you might be drawing with a mouse too. Good show! I've done some pieces with a mouse and they're horrible so it's good you're working with it. But something to think about is what you're comfortable with. If you did traditional art before and you really want to accelerate in art I'd suggest getting a tablet to draw with. I could be completely wrong and if I am I apologize. It's a good piece though. just missing a few things.
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rossdraws Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Can i see a demonstration? I'm just starting out, and I would to see you put your critique of this piece to use! You seem to have a vast knowledge of art and design! :)
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undeamed Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an observer at the moment sir. I've not talent in my hand yet, nor the patients to try and draw with a mouse, let alone color a piece. believe when I say you've bested me in anything I could draw. but take these artists into consideration: [link] - [link] - [link] When I have the right equipment I'll see what I can do. and hopefully improve. :)
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AC-adaline Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't think she needs a ponytail, I don't think the makeup on her eyes should be shown more than how you made them. I don't think she has to have her arm removed from where it is in order for her to "look" like a woman. Not all women have long hair, not all women look glamorous, ( why would you need to look glamourous when fighting?). Not all women need to show their breasts to show that they are women. It's just how society wants to portray them. I like this.
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:iconmedders:
medders Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you AC-Adaline. It seems only few understand this very idea that you've put forth. I totally agree with you.
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WyldeWyldeWest Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I was hoping it was female, and am glad I hoped right. I love the design. How it's not blatant breast-molds. It's very subtle and obscure. Awesome <3
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I'm not married so I can say this.....

She can wear all the armor she wants, in the kitchen.:P :rofl:

Nice work!

I think people mistake her for a male because the face is obscured and the most noticeable woman-parts are covered by the arms.
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:iconartofhkm:
ArtOfhKm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Maybe you should give the design more feminine qualities without going with the sexy route.
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:iconivbenjamin:
IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah~ looks a bit more of male, maybe the waist needs to be a tad bigger :D
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Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This screams to me "Law enforcement." I know I already commented, but it's one of my favorites and I love her look.
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:iconj-humphries:
J-Humphries Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Most people are completely unobservant. I never guessed that it was anything other than female.
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Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks friggin awesome! :D
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Blobolob Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If its counts for anything, I thought it was female from the thumbnail, waist was too thin for a male, and something about the pose of the feet.
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Pseudocognition Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional
A+

If you want to avoid confusion without sexualizing the costume, maybe make the helmet have a retractable visor to show some facial features?
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:icondecayingart:
DecayingArt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's great. It's pretty gender-neutral in my opinion, which is better than bikini-patterned armor, right?
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soften the visor a bit to show the eyes more.. fantastic job though... I would also recommend putting a little more "dip in the hip" and maybe drop the sidearm a bit to reveal some more of her "upperbody" assuming she's not an "A" cup...

overall well done on making a more realistic female cop!
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scribblyblue Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
From the preview I thought she was male, but looking closer I realised that my initial 'he' was really a 'she', so don't worry. (: I do agree with you, it would be nice to see some designs that take practicality into consideration!
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I dig her head gear.
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KamVinci Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
good sense of art
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:iconeliasfrost:
eliasfrost Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I could tell from the eyes that it was a woman. Great design, love it. :)
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Triumpha Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm with you on this - in fact, several days ago I was complaining to a friend artist about the stupidity of the design of female characters and hom come they never get hit on naked parts of their bodies or never break a heel while running and fighting. And your design is cool. :)
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alphabethater Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just add a ponny tale in the back of her head)
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Have you seen Aaron Diaz's work and views?
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:iconmedders:
medders Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hm, no I haven't, what about it?
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:iconartofant:
ARTofANT Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool design and you make some good points. With that much gear and armor I can see why folks might think she's a he but it supports your idea that a female character doesn't need the tell tale female characteristics to work. This character is obviously a soldier. Do we need the fact that she's a woman to hit us over the head to be a successful design? I don't think so. good stuff.
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:iconmedders:
medders Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What you've written is exactly my thoughts. Thanks for your input!
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:iconartofant:
ARTofANT Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Anytime. I look forward to seeing more of you stuff!
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:iconmrblackcap:
MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I dig it, yo.
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:iconweimao:
WeiMao Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Well the Right Arm blocks view of the Chest, which would be the only real indication of if that was a Male or Female.
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:iconj-humphries:
J-Humphries Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope. The clue is in the hips and pose.
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