While browsing through the wonderful Beyond Words bookshop on Cockburn Street yesterday, I spotted an interesting Taschen title, Digital Beauties (a slimmed-down version of a much larger edition) – a book showcasing computer-rendered virtual models. While flicking through the books, as well as being slightly disturbed by their appearance (I think I have uncanny valley in spades) it also struck me how they were all “women”.
Now, it would be quite easy to say that this is a simple consequence of male geeks, unable to interact with real women, are instead making them of their own (and given that some of the ladies depicted have unfeasibly large norks, this theory has some credence). But there are female geeks out there, and gay geeks, so you’d think there’d be some people out there making male versions. But there aren’t many, and not in the – there’s some stuff out there for anatomical models, but not for facial closeups – is there just no demand for it, or are male faces (stubble etc.) intrinsically harder to model?