Thursday, 20 November 2014

Gendertypes - the pilot and the air steward

The airline pilot

In any industry it’s always women who do the important, skilled jobs. Take an airline: the design, construction and flying of these great aeroplanes, along with running the companies, is women’s work.

The air steward

The male role in an airline is to provide “glamour”. The airline steward is decorative, nurturing and of course worse paid than the women doing the important jobs.

(One commenter’s been asking for these for years: well, here you are!)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Melancholy young man

A wistful youth at the window.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Victorian couple, c.1848

It is the norm that the strong-minded female, in her cravat and jacket, is the dominant sex, and the timid male, in his skirts and sausage curls, looks to her for leadership.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The stroll

Hand in hand, a young couple walks in a meadow.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Quinceanero no3

In parts of Latin American culture, when a boy turns 15 he marks his transition to adulthood by celebrating his quince años. Part of the joy of this event is that he gets to wear the most beautiful dress he’s ever seen.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Gendertypes - the breadwinner and the househusband

The breadwinner

Among (heterosexual) couples it is normally the woman who goes to work and earns money, while the man stays at home. It's the woman who controls the household income and makes the financial decisions – no wonder she's the dominant partner.

The househusband

While the woman works, the role of the man is to stay at home to cook, clean and raise children.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Gendertypes - the DIY ditz and the handywoman

The DIY ditz

It’s a well-known fact that the male of the species is hopeless at DIY. Goodness knows what havoc will ensue if he tries to fix anything – he’s more likely to tangle himself up in his tape measure than achieve anything useful.

The handywoman

Women are famous for their practicality and know-how. They just seem to get how stuff works. If a tap is dripping, a boiler has broken down, or a car won’t start, you’ll need a woman to fix it.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Gendertypes - the CEO and the secretary

Two more gendertypes.


Only women are considered fit for top jobs, and the business world is no exception. The CEO is famously brash, pushy, and unsentimental, exploiting workers with a ruthlessness that leaves her laughing all the way to her bloated bank account.

The secretary

One of the most familiar workplace roles for men is secretarial. Busy, important women across the country enjoy having some eye candy on call to make the coffee. The male secretary is a familliar type: the short skirt, the satiny blouse, and that slightly dazed look that comes on when a task gets a little more complicated than varnishing his nails.

Friday, 3 October 2014


I’m launching a series that I will call Gendertypes. Here are the first two paintings.

The ballet boy

It is a stereotype about boys that they love ballet. Perhaps it’s the graceful movements and the romantic stories of the classics that attract them. Or perhaps they just love wearing a frothy tutu?

The football girl

Girls of course are all about mud, sweat and tears, and the rough and tumble of competitive sports. No surprise then that football is a girl’s game.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kenny doll prom

Kenny is one of the most popular dolls for little boys. The main reason is that you can dress him up in a wide variety of outfits. Here is one of the popular ones. Also featuring his high-earning entrepeneur girlfriend Barbara.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Kenny doll

The world famous Kenny doll, loved by little boys everywhere. Boys spend hours dressing up their Kenny dolls in a succession of pretty outfits.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Party boy selfie

You know how vain boys are, always worrying about their appearance, taking snapshots of themselves in the bathroom...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ladywell Grovers

Boy and girl teen sweethearts, I guess. Pupils at Ladywell Grove school (though not characters from Trouble with Girls).

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Victorian couple, c1880

A man and woman from the old days, dressed very smartly.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

En vogue

The height of men’s fashion.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Joanna wows the boys

Joanna showing off her biceps to a giddy lad.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Jane Bond

Jane Bond, Britain’s most famous secret agent. Famous for bashing arch-criminals, saving helpless boys and for being the ultimate playgirl.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Wedding portrait

Woman and husband on their happy day.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

My output this year

I have had a couple of comments about my seemingly small output this year. I understand why: one new post in 2014 is not prolific.

When I started Eve’s Rib, my ability to draw was pretty weak (not that I’m great now, either). Painfully aware of my limitations, I worked on my skills: reading books, keeping sketchbooks, attending life classes, and so on. This means I am always gradually improving. I look at pictures posted a year ago or more and wrinkle my nose, thinking: “That’s pretty weak. I could do much better today.”

Far from being inactive this year, I’ve actually been quite busy, repainting nearly two dozen pictures. This ranges from reworking a head to a complete remake, and there are plenty of further pictures I would like to remake but haven’t got round to yet. Many of you will have noticed me do remakes before, and I recognise that in a year or two the process might get repeated all over again. This is just a hazard of posting work while my skills are still developing. OK, I could have waited until I was the new Rembrandt – or more realistically, Gil Elvgren – before launching Eve’s Rib at all, but then I would never be satisfied and there would be no blog.

Fear not, there will be new paintings.

A note to anyone who’s reposted my pictures online: if I’ve done a remake, I’d appreciate it if you would replace the old tat with the current version.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Rebuke

A young man who’s stepped out of line.