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Are You a Twenty Four Hour Woman?

Jan 9, 2013

by AlexRappoport

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(Music by Mark McAdam)

Editors’ note: There is some (illustrated) nudity in this video.

Artist Scott Lenhardt’s 24 Hour Woman calendar is an honest, lighthearted and surprisingly powerful depiction of what it means to be a woman in 2013. Over the course of the year, this big-haired, quirkily nude character will wrestle an alligator, paint a masterpiece, and install an air conditioner, all with a kind of cheeky confidence and panache (which definitely rubs off on the viewer).

As Scott whittled a wooden bird on the cabin porch, he told me that he set three rules for himself while drawing the 24 Hour Woman: every image must show at least one breast; he could use no visual references for anything he drew; and he had up to three tries to draw each picture, whereupon he had to choose one. These limitations kept the drawings fresh and unlabored throughout the year, with a decidedly free and un-precious feeling to them.

Scott says that he’s already collecting a list of new actions for the Woman of the future, in case he decides to make another calendar. He’s also confessed that he has a rather practical reason for drawing her naked: if he had to draw her clothed every day he would run out of ideas for what she can wear. No doubt.

Alex Rappoport is an award-winner director, cinematographer, and editor based in upstate New York.

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72 comments

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    Elizabeth from ABreathOfFrenchAir said 4 years ago

    Cute illustrations! I loved the animated air conditioner the best!

  • hypericumfragile

    Monika from hypericumfragile said 4 years ago

    Great video. Great illustrations!

  • GeekkiBoutikki

    Roxanne Gibson from GeekkiBoutikki said 4 years ago

    How oddly charming.

  • mtraub

    Michelle Traub from mtraub said 4 years ago

    With so much talk in the media of whether women really can have it all, I just want to nakedly make a sandwich.

  • AquaMoose

    Shelby Beaulieu from AquaMoose said 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. I feel inspired to draw now and create my own characters.

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 4 years ago

    Awesome video and illustrations!

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 4 years ago

    Wow! So creative and wonderful !!I will show this to my Tweens, I just know they will be inspired!! Thank you!!

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 4 years ago

    Hehe, don't worry my Tweens are girls :) and very creative :) LOL

  • LoveandKnit

    Mine Kurtulmus from LoveandKnit said 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • byDelirium

    Angela from DeliriumAccessories said 4 years ago

    wow_!! I love her and the story!!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    Fabulous calendar..luv it!

  • tararie

    Tara from tararie said 4 years ago

    It's usually so hot by the time I install the air conditioners I should do it naked. Cute video! Great story! It must've been a fun challenge to come up with 365 things for her to do. That's hysterical why you made her naked! :P

  • CaseyDeeArt

    Casey Sibley from caseydsibley said 4 years ago

    This brightened my day, so awesome!

  • slatternhouse5

    Vicki from slatternhouse5 said 4 years ago

    Tara from tararie says: It's usually so hot by the time I install the air conditioners I should do it naked. Cute video! Great story! It must've been a fun challenge to come up with 365 things for her to do. That's hysterical why you made her naked! :P **************************************************************************** A; Most women have to do 100 things a day so 365 things in a year would be a vacation B; If She's anything like me she's naked because of hot flashes c: He should make a calender for what men have to do, but No one would get past March

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Lovely!

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 4 years ago

    Cute illustrations!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    You 24 Hour Women have your work cut out for you! ; ) I applaud Scott's quirkiness* *Just to the right of goofy and to the left of charming ; )

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    This is really cute. I like the light-hearted quirky nature (literally -naked- nature) of it. Thanks for your sweet explanation of your drawings. It makes them ever so much more approachable and understood. What fun it looks to be a 24 hour woman. It certainly gives levity as the contrast to the sometimes harsh reality of what it is actually like being a real-life 24 hour woman. Everyone needs a little levity in their life, and most especially those who feel like they are working 24 hours a day!

  • Apseed

    Ira from Apseed said 4 years ago

    Interesting and extraordinary!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    I definitely appreciate the humor and quirkiness in the illustrations, and I can tell the artist has appreciation for the abilities and responsibilities that women have. Hmm, but...I guess the feminist in me still stumbles over her nakedness. Maybe because it implies such vulnerability, maybe because women's nudity is so sexualized in our culture, maybe because unlike a nude of fine art, this cartoon woman is not naked to show the beauty of the human form. It feels disrespectful of this character to have her drawn this way, though I understand that was not his intent. Probably I'm taking it too seriously. And it's just my personal take on it. I wish Scott Lenhardt success in his endeavors.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherry truitt from sherrytruitt said 4 years ago

    I appreciate your light hearted and lovely attempt at a complex problem. The glorification of busy in our society worries me though. I struggle with finding balance, as running a small business is often a day into night endeavor. There is often little time for living a real life.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    No, I try to delegate whenever possible. Especially housework! Interesting.

  • teazel

    Linny from teazel said 4 years ago

    this made me smile...

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Love :)

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 4 years ago

    Amazing representation of today's woman packaged in such a non-threatening lighthearted way, I love her. The 24 hour woman does it ALL, naked, and like a boss.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    I like the art work.

  • AstaRem

    Asta from CozyCappuccino said 4 years ago

    made me smile. she really has character :) and I like this fact she do not look like a barbie doll :) yes, and I liked your home so much . and wish you succsess, Scott!

  • lizsee4043

    EL (Elizabeth) Chaz from lizsee4043 said 4 years ago

    That's me, haha! Doing everything naked, hoo boy that's me :) Right on Scott!! I'll be buying one of those so I can show people I'm a muse!!

  • capitalcitycrafts

    Barbara Moore from CapitalCityCrafts said 4 years ago

    Wonderful fun, very creative, love it!

  • murphymae

    Murphy Adams from MurphyAdamsStudio said 4 years ago

    i so love this!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Beautifully shot video, I kinda like how shes naked seems more liberating that way! : )

  • SPAULEY

    Susan Pauley from SPAULEY said 4 years ago

    I love her!

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 4 years ago

    For the last ten years we have run an intensive participatory project involving quite heavy building work usually considered to be mans work. At least eighty percent of our volunteers have been women and they have generally shown a level of capability that have blown the men away. Couple that with a keen sense of initiative and there is really no competition. The girls win hands down. I am talking, stone laying, concrete work, woodwork, painting, serious landscaping, etc. That old muscle thing, thats all baloney......

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 4 years ago

    Oh yes, she is cute...

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    I bought two of these calendars as gifts this Christmas. We had so much fun as the the recipient opened hers up on Christmas morning and shared the images with everyone. I especially like the one of her beekeeping naked. :-)

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 4 years ago

    Haha! Love it! Great story!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    I really admire the perimeters you gave yourself when illustrating for the calendar, especially disallowing external source material. Who needs it? There is so much replication, cut and pasting and clip arting out there already that I'm pleased to hear someone embrace the truly original--the stuff that comes from your head. I once made a series of drawings that positively cracked me up! It's magical when that happens. Thanks for bringing a smile to my day. All the best.

  • elisaavraam

    Elsa A from CloudPearls said 4 years ago

    I see the part of the nudity as something that is liberating since women have been treated like sex objects and. I don't find her funny, nor cute, sorry, there is nothing funny about a 24 hour woman and I think she could look a little bit more feminine, there is nothing wrong with that!

  • oceangirlcollection

    Elke Fontillo from oceangirlcollection said 4 years ago

    The twenty four woman is a very interesting concept- and I get where you mean to go with her nakedness- and I am no prude- I have done my share of chores and projects in the buff- I think however her being naked does distracts from the message of 'here is a woman who get things done or who is doing everything or who is not afraid to tackle things in general"- and while it may even appeal to and represent some of us-I feel she is still a hard working woman in a man's world being exploited- even as a cartoon- But best of Luck in your endeavors-

  • janethillstudio

    Janet Hill from janethillstudio said 4 years ago

    Brilliant! I love how she makes eye contact with the viewer- even while installing an air conditioner.

  • ThePersimmonTree

    Mary Fore from ThePersimmonTree said 4 years ago

    LOVE it! Made me laugh so hard!

  • BrokenFingersArt

    Erin Inglis from COLRtheory said 4 years ago

    She makes me laugh too. Sweet and whimsical, I love it!

  • elizenazelie

    Elize Nazelie from ElizeNazelie said 4 years ago

    I like the one where she is belly dancing with the little belly chain!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 4 years ago

    I don't often pull the trigger on the add to cart button, but this was an instant sell. (recently resigned and now a 12 hour woman)

  • AudreyAnne

    AudreyAnne said 4 years ago

    I love this. It really surprised me that the artist didn't go into the obvious feminist message: women are capable of anything, and our nakedness does not need to be sexualized all the time. This 24hr woman is not conventionally attractive yet she goes about nakedly and merrily doing all the things that need to be done. She doesn't conform, she doesn't care what you think, she has stuff to do! I hope this is an enjoyable piece of art because of its empowerment and charm - not because of the idea that somehow fat people are funny by existing. I'll go ahead and believe the former (even if the artist seems to be more motivated by the latter). I am just so appreciative whenever naked women are depicted without overt sexualization and with size diversity.

  • dianamulder

    Diana Mulder from dianamulder said 4 years ago

    How adorable...and his artwork, too.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    Love the limitations set for yourself....What a great way to keep moving....keep it fresh, and get it done!

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 4 years ago

    Funny and insightfull

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 4 years ago

    So cute!

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from EricaWalkerJewelry said 4 years ago

    Seeing Scott giggle about it is the best part. Fun work, thanks.

  • prendasbyenid

    Enid from prendasbyenid said 4 years ago

    Great!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 4 years ago

    Love the character you created! I am doing a 365 project with a life size skeleton that travels with me world wide. It's so much fun to see how people interact and react to her.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    That 24 hour woman is great. First off, I have a huge respect for anyone who can put pen (or paint) to paper because I cannot draw a straight line. But her nakedness! How cool! Things can be more fun naked.

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict from TheHeirloomAddict said 4 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your illustrations.

  • SheEarth

    SheEarth Crystals & Creations from SheEarth said 4 years ago

    It IS funny when you do things naked - so agree. Wish I could be a 24 hr woman, but instead I will just admire this one. My mum could be though, she herds horses in the buff only with a dressing gown on every morning, yeah its not so great being her child watching That 24 hr woman :)

  • cindygrigiski

    Cindy Grigiski from PapercraftingTherapy said 4 years ago

    I don't see the charm or the art in this. Sorry, not my thing.

  • MoodsWingz

    Nina from MoodsWingz said 4 years ago

    Lovely video and interview. I can't help but wonder; why is she not pretty and attractive? (no neck, beady eyes, etc.)

  • CindyEllison

    Cindy Ellison from CindyEllison said 4 years ago

    I LOVE THIS and I was really laughing .... so much that my husband wanted to know what was going on in here! I see a reality TV show in 24 hour woman's future!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 4 years ago

    Great feature!

  • SpiritMama

    Waxéla (wa-shay-la) Sananda from SpiritMama said 4 years ago

    Really fun character, I love that she is in the nude, and how her hair blows in the air conditioner :)

  • amyclar

    Amy Bavier from PotsWithCharacter said 4 years ago

    I loved the 24 hour woman the second I saw the thumbnail for the video, but hearing Scott talk about her makes me love her even more!

  • deborahturtle

    Deborah Kelly from Turtlesanvil said 4 years ago

    I love 24 hour woman, it is cute. Hope to see more of your art.

  • PleasantFolk

    Pleasant Folk from PleasantFolk said 4 years ago

    This is really bad. Women exist and we do stuff during the day. Any time a female is present it doesn't have to be some grand show of feminism. He isn't even a woman so showing her naked brings up the same old issues. It just seems like he's cashing in on neo-feminism and trying to seem like a 'sensitive guy.'

  • Ebrown2503

    Eleanore from FiberBeads said 4 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  • beadeddragons

    Brittany from beadeddragons said 4 years ago

    It's cute, but in really weird way. I'm not really sold on it, because it just seems like he likes drawing naked ladies, and he's trying to play it off like it something more than that...I don't like putting anyone down, but this just isn't for me.

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 4 years ago

    Completely charming. There is something so natural and open about the fact that the 24 Hour Woman is nude - she is elemental - she is each one of us - hiding behind nothing as she goes about her normal, daily life. Brilliant work Scott!

  • cerwin1

    Cathy Erwin said 4 years ago

    Kudos! this was a fun watch! I'm a DYI girl and artist! So I was enamored by your work! xoxo!

  • poulinsh

    Polina Shirobokova from tarasandpolly said 4 years ago

    This is a great video! I wish I could be as free and nude as 24 hour woman :)))

  • madebyamuffin

    Laura Quattro from LauraQuattro said 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous, super quirky and fun. I love that Scott has almost fallen in love with his character. Great vid!

  • SonoranDesertArts

    Sonoran Desert Arts from SonoranDesertArts said 4 years ago

    Thanks Alex for introducing me to Scott. I love Scott's laugh! He laughs at himself and he helps others laugh also. What a fantastic gift! His 24 Hour Woman is truly inspired. I want to plaster an entire wall with her!

  • thedustpeddler

    thedustpeddler from thedustpeddler said 4 years ago

    Yes. Just, yes!

  • vulpeslagopus

    Aurelia Z. from AtelierZephire said 4 years ago

    Adorable, humorous, empowering!

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