Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bodybuilder with No Arms Storms Bodybuilding Championships

Barbie Thomas
She may not win (she usually comes last!) but Barbie Thomas – an armless female bodybuilder – has become the unlikely star of the 2013 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships.

The 36-year-old mom-of-two lost her arms at the age of two after she was electrocuted but, after years of bullying because of her appearance, she took up bodybuilding.

Today she achieved her dream as she high-kicking and flexing her way across the stage at the 2013 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships, one of the most prestigious bodybuilding shows in the world.

Read more at Real Female Bodybuilding.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Strong Women in History: Ivy Russel

Ivy RusselIvy Elizabeth Russel was born in 1907 in Surrey, England. In school she practiced swimming and gymnastics and was 12 when she became a member of a local gymnastic club. Ivy Russell began training with weight at age fourteen to cure her tuberculosis. She not only got well, she got exceptionally strong. Over the next twenty years, she gave numerous exhibitions in the British Isles, making best lifts of 193 pounds in the clean and jerk and 410.5 pounds in the dead lift. She worked in strength demonstrations, like lifting and maintaining several persons. Later, she opened a small gym in Croydon, England.

In 1934, Ivy began attending the “Victory Ladies Wrestling Club” for training in wrestling, and in a year she earned the female wrestling championship title. She also successfully lobbied the British Amateur Weightlifting Association to admit women as full members and to sanction contests for women.

The media became captivated by her physique, strength and athleticism. Her physical parameters were higher than most strong man. Her biceps, calf and thighs were the same or exceeded the size of the most famous heavyweight boxers of her time. Her relatively small stature and extreme muscularity were antithetical to many people’s conception of a “strongwoman” but many admired her.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Artist Spotlight on Bad Attitude Ink

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Jose Ivan Negron AKA Bad Attitude Ink is a cartoonist, currently living in Brooklyn, N.Y with his lovely wife, Rebecca and their cat, Shmucky. Jose has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil and hasn’t stopped, except to indulge his addiction to video games and movies. He studied art at The High School Of Art And Design, in N.Y.C and graduated ultimately from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, having won the Mark Rothko Art Scholarship that year, one of only ten students in NYC high schools to receive the scholarship yearly. He also took classes at the School Of Visual Arts and Parsons School Of Design on weekends and summer vacations. His friends thought he was nuts for going to school in the summer and on weekends, but quickly forgave him when they learned he got to draw naked girls in his life drawing classes. He now does work under the moniker Bad Attitude ink and still draws naked girls every chance he gets!

Bad Attitude InkI took a minute to find out more about Jose and his artwork.
• What do preferred to be called?
Jose is fine. My friends called me Joe and Red when I was growing up. I had red hair as a kid. It’s a little reddish gray now.
• When and where were you born?
I was born March 12, 1966 in a little town in Puerto Rico called Aibonito. I moved to the states to live with my mom who had remarried and moved to New York when I was 4 years old.
• Where do you currently live?
Brooklyn , New York. In the Brighton Beach area also known as Little Odessa because of it’s large Russian Community. I really like living in this neighborhood.
• What are your interests, hobbies or passions?
Well, there’s art, obviously. Has been my main passion since I could remember. I was so passionate about art as a kid that I came home crying one day because one of my classmates told me I couln’t draw. Made me SO angry to be told that. I am also a serious video gamer and an absolutely huge movie buff. I watch all kinds of films. Big budget, low budget, Direct to video stuff. I love movies. I still love comic books but don’t read them as much. They have gotten stagnant over the years and just seem to be recycling the same stories over and over again. I mean, really, how many times can you re-tell or re-interpret a characters origin ? I do read a lot of trades and still follow the work of some artists, though.
• Do you have a job other than producing your artwork?
Yeah, unfortunately, I have a “Day Job.” Not that I don’t count myself grateful to have a job in this economy. I just wish I could draw full time and not have to do something else. On the other hand, I work for some very cool people who give me a lot of freedom, so I am very lucky in that sense. Oh yeah, I work from home too, so that is a bonus !
• How long have you been an artist?
I think I was born an artist, so my whole life. Even as a kid, before I knew what I was doing, I gravitated towards images that caught my eye. Once I put pencil to paper, it was all over. That was all I ever wanted to do. And let me tell ya, I did that at a very early age . LOL.
• What inspired you to become an artist?
Comic Books. In a nutshell. Which is why I still love the medium even though I don’t really read them anymore.
• Do you have formal art training or education? Where?
I have a scattershot type of formal art education. I studied and took classes at various schools but never graduated from an art school. I went to high school at The High School Of Art And Design in NYC. I didn’t do so well there academically.
It was a very rigid environment. Not very conducive to being a creative person. It really felt more like military school to me. Also, I had a couple of teachers who were basically just collecting a check. They would tell you that you were making mistakes but when you asked for help, they would walk away. I got the feeling they were trying not to share their “secrets of the trade”. I was really unhappy at that school. I left there and basically dropped out for about a year or so and then went back to school at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. I did really well there, my head was in the right place and academically I did very well. I had some great teachers who “got” me and motivated me in a way that I never got from going to Art And Design. Through my whole high school career, I still took weekend and summer art classes at Parsons School Of Design and The School Of Visual Arts.
• What artists have influenced you?
Gil Kane. He did an issue of Spider-Man when I was a kid that absolutely, positively floored me. It wa an issue where Spider-Man was fighting Morbius, The Living Vampire and The Lizard both. Amazing work. Just so much energy and the anatomy on the figures was insane. Gil Kane just blew me away. Also, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Jack Kirby, whom I didn’t really learn to appreciate until I was older. Nowadays, I love the work of Travis Charest, Frank Cho, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross, Ryan Ottley and Adam Hughes. From the “real” art world, I absolutely love Mucha, Tiepolo and Rockwell. Every artist who has done good work has inspired me at one point or another. I really think you need to be open minded to influences as a creative person. If you close yourself out to a variety of work, I think you short change yourself and your art. I met Marshall Rogers, who had made his name on some issues of Batman with Steve Englehart, and althoug he didn’t influence me in the way that the other artists I mentioned did, he influenced me by pointing me in the right direction. I met him at an old Creation Con back in 1981 and he took my sketchbook, full of scribbles with absolutely no direction and sat with me for nearly two hours, telling me what I was doing wrong, what I needed to learn and what books to use as resources. He didn’t ask for a damn thing in return and I went home with a sketchbook full of Marsshall Rogers’ sketches and roughs. It was one of the most helpful experiences in my life and for that I will always be grateful. I heard he passed away a couple of years ago. Well, for what it’s worth, he left a legacy. Seriously, a great guy.
• What type of artwork do you create
Straightforward comic book art. I dabble around with digital painting and such but I stick to what I know and believe I do well.
• What is your preferred medium?
Paper, a 4h pencil lead and either Pitt Artist Pens or Rapidographs. (Tech pens for those of you that don’t know what Rapidographs are :D ) I color on my PC with Photoshop and a tablet. I’ve dabbled with Corel Painter, which I think is awesome, but mostly use Photoshop to color.
• Do you have a favorite subject matter?
Women in genre settings. Always strong female characters in either a sc-fi, horror, sword and sorcery, fantasy or action type of setting. I love drawing that tye of stuff. I love drawing women.
• Describe your artistic style:
I have a comic book, illustrative style with some graphic design sense. It’s bold, with strong lines and a heavy graphic bent. I always try to create the best design I can with a character as a central focus. I guess that’s the best I can do to describe it. I think other folks do a better job of describing it, actually.
• Is there something that makes your artwork special?
Visually, I can’t say. I don’t think it’s any more special than work created by other artists but it is special to me in that people like seeing it and have been supportive of me doing it. That makes it really special for me.
• Who or what are your inspirations?
The artists I mentioned in response to an earlier question of course. But movies, music, video games and books all influence me in the way I work. I listen to movie soundtracks all the time while drawing, and there are plenty of times where a game influences me to a point that I need to pick up a pen and draw something I saw in the game.
• Can you describe your creation process and technique:
Yeah, definitely. I usually don’t do any layouts, because they ruin the flow for me and make me bored with a project before I even get halfway through it . LOL. I prefer to just go ahead and draw whatever I’m supposed to be working on. It allows for more spontenaity and freedom. I normally sketch out the image in 4h pencil lead, tighten it up a wee bit with the same 4h lead and then whip out the inking materials. I use Pitt Pens, Tech pens and a Pentel Artist Brush for heavy black areas. That’s it. Oh yeah…I wear headphones and have Itunes playing my music. That’s really a part of the process. Who knew Itunes could be an art tool ?! LOL
• Was there one artwork or event that was a turning point in your career? Why?
Yeah. The issue of Spider-man I mentioned being drawn by Gil Kane. Also, Buscema’s Conan and John Byrne on just about anything he did in the 80′s. These guys were just the best at what they did. Seriously. Other guys have come along who are doing terrific work now, LIke Jim Lee for example, but when I was growing up, these guys were just awesome to me.
• Have you received any awards, prizes or other fame for your work?
I actually graduated high school having won a Mark Rothko art scholarship. It was an award that was given to 10 art students in NYC high schools every year. The best part for me the year that I was a recipient was that no one from The High School Of Art And Design won. I kind of felt vindicated after having left that school in a miserable state. Here was some kid from some local, neighborhood high school winning the award and no one from the big, high falutin art high school won.
Awesome. I know it sounds petty. Just let me have that one, okay ? LOL.
• Is there one of your own works that’s a personal favorite? Why?
Nah, not really. I have images that I like. But I always find things wrong with my images after the fact and I just move on to the next image. I just like drawing.
• Do you have any future plans or ideas you can tell us about?
Well, I am supposed to be doing some work for an adult oriented web site, which if all goes to plan, I should be getting some script pages for either today or within a day or so. I also have a friend on Deviant Art that I work really well with, who is an amazing colorist and I am working with him on a series of prints and some other things. We have discussed doing a muscle girl inspired web comic and some other ideas but something always keeps popping up. Fortunately, it is art related so I can’t complain. I would like to establish myself enough so that I could do some comic conventions and genre shows and just meet fans and shoot the breeze with them. I would love to do everything from Comic Con to the Chiller convention. I love all these genres and don’t want to be or allow myself to be pigeon holed as just one type of artist.
I’m doing a lot of muscle girl work. I sort of just fell into that. I was hired by someone on Deviant Art to do some muscle girl commissions and the rest is history. Next thing I knew, the visits to my Deviant Art page started increasing and I started picking up a lot of Watchers who were muscle girl fans. It’s been the best thing that has happened to my work as far as exposure in years. The muscle girl fans have been the most supportive and loyal fans I have met and they have been great for my work. I am really grateful for that. The cool thing for me was that when I was younger, I was a fan of female bodybuilders like Raye Hollitt, Corey Everson, Rachel Mclish and Lisa Lyon. So these folks were just bringing me back to something I enjoyed when I was a teenager. I am definitely going to keep doing muscle girl related work.
• Anything else you would like to add?
Ummm….2 plus 2 equals 4 ? Oh wait…that’s not what you meant. Sorry. Yeah, I just want to say Thanks to my wife, Rebecca. She’s been the best thing that ever happened to me and the most supportive of my work since I first met her. So yeah.. Thanks sweety :D
• Where can people find out more about you?
I pretty much just stick to my Deviant Art account, which is I don’t have a Myspace or Facebook page as I already spend an inordinate amount of time on Deviantart and would probably never get anything done if I had pages on those other sites. I do have a blog at

Monday, August 26, 2013


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Africa Carey. An Area Orion breast expansion morph based on a photo from

Thursday, August 22, 2013





Fit, limber and able to spread legs wider than most. Let’s give it up for the Splits.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fabiola Boulanger Spotlight

Fabiola Boulanger
Strength is not about lifting heavy weights. It’s not even about being physically strong. To me, strength comes from the inner you and is the ability to go through events and situations with intelligence, wisdom, calm, respect, tolerance and love. And it ain’t easy to be strong as it forces you to overcome the tendency to be selfish and self-centered.

In 6 years, I have gone from 126lbs to 167lbs off-season and competing at 149lbs. These changes were obtained by hard work, discipline, commitment and dedication. Through it all, I’ve learned a lot on nutrition and training, but also a lot on myself. I’ve learned to believe that I could achieve anything I wanted, that I could attract what I wanted towards me by having to good attitude and doing the right choices. I’ve put myself to the test a few times already, and my beliefs were rewarded every time that I stayed true to myself. Now, with this new goal of changing my whole body and losing a lot of lean muscle, I’m once again putting myself to the test. Being armed with a lot of faith and courage, I know I’ll achieve my goal. There won’t be any obstacle too hard to overcome because I know my decision is made with my heart and soul, and that this new path I’m getting on is exactly where I need to be.

Since I got back to competition, I’ve worked hard to show that a woman could still be really feminine and aesthetic though being really muscular. I’ve also worked hard to improve our image towards the general public because I felt our sport needed more recognition in order to elevate itself to where it belongs. We are often considered as freaks and unhealthy people by ignorant others, and I thought it was one of my tasks, as a pro athlete, to educate people about bodybuilding. And I will continue to do so.

See more of Fabiola at, Facebook and Twitter

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Monday, August 19, 2013


Elena Shportun
The Russian Dynamo, Elena Shportun makes her AO Labs debut with big muscles and an even bigger smile.

An Area Orion female muscle morph.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Female Bodybuilder Terri Harris reported dead

Terri Harris
IFBB Pro Melody Spetko is reporting that heavyweight female bodybuilder Terri Harris has passed away just two days after competing at the 2013 Tampa Pro.

Terri, 49, who competed in the female bodybuilding category of at the IFBB Tampa Pro is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Leading tributes to Terri, Melody said: “Truly one very sad moment. I was just informed that Terri Harris, who made her pro debut this weekend, had just passed away from a massive heart attack.

Read more at Real Female Bodybuilding.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sample510IA0813 Breast Expansion

I rarely do requests, but when FashionDiva1400cc contacted me looking to go even bigger, how could I refuse. Of course I couldn't stop at one and went even larger. I'm sure we'll see more of this anonymous busty beauty in the future.

An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lori Says...

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What do Female Bodybuilders & Fitness Models think of their Area Orion morphs? Here's what Lori Braun said.

"The morphs you did of me are a real hit. Some people are printing them and hanging them up at work. A few people told me that's what they have been doing. Pretty funny. Maybe you can do another one of me when you have time." - Lori

Monday, August 5, 2013


Tina Chandler morph
Tina Chandler is beautiful, elegant and jacked to the max.

An Area Orion female muscle morph based on a photo by FitVids.
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