Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Men’s formal gown

Advert. I’ve painted one similar to this before but I enjoy these. Digital painting.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

His knight in shining armour

A bit of stereotype busting. Digital painting.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

C’mere, prettyboy!

Poor Daniel, wearing a new dress for the party, felt painfully nervous amongst the loud, confident girls.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

All the young men love a soldier

When Eloise returned from her first campaign, her two cousins Marcel and Didier were delighted. They were keen to hear heroic tales from the dashing young officer - her life was so much more adventurous than the dull, domesticated routines of pretty young men.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ms Prior and her husband, 1860s

Woman and husband from the old days.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Off to work

A businesswoman kissing her househusband goodbye.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Louise and Mark

A girl and a boy holding hands. What could be simpler?

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Reinventing boys

Every boy at some point was confronted with that defining moment of genderquake-era life – when he had to put on his first dress. Some boys were overjoyed. Others, the more traditional ones, were less pleased.

Friday, 21 June 2013

French cuirassier


The cuirassier was a mounted cavalry soldier in armour, prominent during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Belgian royal couple

Léontine I was from July 1831 the first Queen of the Belgians, following Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands.

Husband of Queen Léontine I of the Belgians. Painted in 1841.

These two were begging to be done as a double portrait. So here they are united.

After Winterhalter. 

Romantic young man no.2

Another young romantic fellow from the 1840s, out daydreaming on the balcony.

After Vladimir Hau.

Alexandra II

The young female ruler of Russia in the 1840s.

After Vladimir Hau.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Romantic young man

A young man from 1844.

After Vladimir Hau.

18th century couple

Lieutenant Joan Abercrombie in uniform, with her husband who wears a pearl and pink dress.

After Allan Ramsay.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Johanna Kruger

The industrialist and matriarch Johanna Kruger, painted in 1854.

After Joseph Weidner, mostly.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Henriette d’Orléans

Henriette Eugénie d’Orléans, duchess d’Aumale, ca. 1843.

Photoshop manipulation after Winterhalter.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Portrait of an artist

Of course we need some pictures of women too. Here is a portrait of an artist from 1819.

Digital painting after Michel Martin Drolling and Sarah Goodridge.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Youth, 1830s

A well-dressed young man. Digital painting after B. Raul.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Portrait Of Monsieur Florentin

Digital painting of a man in an evening dress ca. 1884. After Léon Bonnat.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Man In A Blue Dress, 1874

Digital painting after Heinrich von Angeli.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Eve’s Rib just won its 100th follower! My thanks to all of you.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Newlyweds swap outfits

The Sun newspaper ran a story last August about a Chinese couple that swapped clothes for their wedding. Readers of Eve’s Rib will love the photos. The man’s been given fake breasts, as per usual. But otherwise it’s that very rare thing: gender role reversal, done well.

There’s no permission for me to reproduce the photos so just follow the link below:

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Happy young couple

A nice portrait photo of a happy young couple... the sort of thing they’d have over their mantelpiece.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Reinventing men

As women became more powerful, pressure grew upon men to make themselves more decorative and pretty to please their alpha females.

A magazine cover at the time:

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Who’d be a boy?

Yes, work is slow. This puts my bank balance in jeopardy but it is good for Eve’s Rib.

I’m very pleased with this drawing.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Young man on prom night

Every boy dreams of looking beautiful for the girls on prom night...

Thursday, 28 February 2013

You’ll wear what you’re told to, young man!

One of those classic situations.

As the female sex became dominant, more and more boys found themselves forced to wear dresses and play with dolls, while their sisters ran about in trousers playing football.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Meet the boss

Magazine cover from 2049.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Boy parade

Some drawings of the skirt-wearing sex.

I know the image is too wide for the blog, but better that than make it too small, I think. 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Bad girls and why boys love them

(From Boys Today! magazine, November 2037.)

Confidence, independence, mystery, excitement… boys have a gut reaction to these feminine traits, and bad girls use their gifts to keep us hanging on.

Like it or loathe it, boys love bad girls. Brash, cocky, and exciting, the bad girl is always there getting all the boys. Arrogant, rude, and treats boys like they’re waiting in a queue for a minute of her attention. While good girls are making their partners homemade Valentines cards, bad girls just don’t bother to call back. And by some strange chemistry, not calling back makes us boys pine for them even more. It was a stereotype in the old days that girls fell for boys who treated them badly – well, now it seems it’s our turn! We probably all know friends who’ve dated girls who were absolutely no good for them.

Let’s face it, dating a bad girl is exhilarating. She always has great, impulsive ideas for things to do. She is a seducer: she knows what to say, how to say it, and how to touch you. Her biggest power is confidence. Boys love girls who take charge and know what they want from life. And when a brash bad girl pins you with that fixed gaze burning with female power, it’s enough to make a boy giddy. There is mystery in those beautiful eyes; you never quite know what she’s thinking and never dare to ask.

Boys are much more tied down by social rules than girls and are expected to behave in certain ways. We have to babysit, or cook dinner, or spend two hours on our makeup, and so on. Bad girls embody the glorious freedom that boys don’t have. Bad girls are cavalier about everything they do. They constantly test boundaries and don’t give a damn. That’s one reason they get so many boys: if one boy says no, then so what? They simply approach the next one. She knows that as a female she’s the boss, the dominant partner by birthright. But once she’s singled a boy out, she knows how to tell him exactly what he wants to hear.

A bad girl lives on the wild side, so she offers a boy drama. Boys’ lives are often sedate and domestic – we do our housework chores, we help dad make dinner, we spend an hour or two dithering over what dress to wear or doing our makeup. A bad girl gives us some juicy chat for the lads: when she stood you up, didn’t call, slapped your best mate, got in a fight... where’s the thrill in a nice girl who works nine to five and always turns up on time?

On the subject of fun: a bad girl is carnal. Girls have a stronger sexual appetite than boys, and the bad girl even more so. She is hungry to shove you up against a wall and have her wicked way with you. The bad girl’s most visceral appeal is that she’s physically hot.

Ultimately, bad girls are very feminine: they are smart, confident, adventurous and in control. They look you in the eye, stand up for their convictions, and still know how to treat a boy right... and her wallet is full. Unless a boy is a complete trad, ‘men’s rights’ dinosaur, he wants an alpha female who will put him in his place and take control. No boy wants a wimpy girl who’s eager to please. Being with a powerful girl gives us boys a feeling of empowerment too, a rare thing for the downtrodden modern male!

We boys like to think that we’re special. Your bad girl may be a notorious player, but with you she’s different – you’re the only boy she treats well. OK, at the party she kneed that poor lad in the nuts, but she wouldn’t knee you, right? It’s thrilling to think that you can stake a claim in the mind of the mighty female and stir emotions in her. Maybe you can be the one to change her, to help her settle down... You aren’t, and deep down even you know it. And the day will come when she tears your heart into pieces.

So we hate to say it, boys, but bad girls aren’t good for you. You won’t be walked up the aisle in a white dress for one of these gals. In real life, boys need the security of a girl they can rely on, who will be there to look after them, who makes a commitment. Though dating a bad girl can be fun, for the long term you’re going to have to learn the benefits of the nice girl.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Oliver Murray

Oliver Murray, husband of US senator Barbara Murray, c.1887.

After a portrait by Alexandre Cabanel. So I can't take very much credit here.