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Guess who finished drawing her Yaois?

Spoiler: IT’S ME!

Also I drew this little self portrait for the about the artist page:

Sheila’s going to lay out the book this weekend. It’s 6 pages and we’ll have it for sale at SPX.

I’ll figure out a way to get it to you guys otherwise after the con.

I was gonna reblog a post about yaoi hand syndrome but the tumblrs won’t let me and I’m full of words.

So enjoy this psychology hat entry: porn edition. Why does some yaoi have such ridiculously ginormous hands? I feel qualified to answer this because I draw slashy comics and I love drawing hands.  

Hands are really expressive, more so than most people realize.  Next to the eyes hands are the second most important body part when it comes to making a character emote and a skilled comic artist can get some very subtle emotions across using just the hands. This sort of thing is especially important in something like a romance where the characters are likely to be touching each other a lot and grasping things like other hands or dongs.

But hands are kind of hard to draw, they have a lot of joints and  things and it’s common in manga for masculine characters to have larger, more detailed hands, especially in yaoi. I’ve noticed that yaoi manga is somewhat more likely to draw fingernails on their men than other genres (nipples too, but that’s beside the point).  So say you’re a good yaoi manga artist, maybe you draw your characters with slightly large hands to help get that detail and emotive quality in there.

Now say you’re a bad yaoi manga artist. You see the good artist drawing that way and you copy them, but you’re not as good at drawing so you make the hands even bigger. More beginner artists start copying you. It becomes an artistic trope in the genre, and you eventually have not so great artists being copied by even worse artists, and bam, giant hands.

As for why stuff so hilariously out of proportion gets published: bad art gets published all the time. Publishers will print whatever they think they can sell and they know art doesn’t have to be quality to be popular. 

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