“When you're a hired artist you just have to do a good job even if you are fitting yourself into a character or mode you would not otherwise do,” Leveille told L’Officiel USA. “But I also knew that often what followers of my work in that arena were responding to was, in fact, my altered perspective—the female perspective I was aiming to give in that place as well.”
Though the world of comic books holds a reputation for catering to men, it is certainly not the only avenue for the male gaze. In fact, the hetero-normative male view of the world arguably influences every aspect of visual culture, from film, to photography, to painting, coloring our views of society, and our values. It’s something that Leveille is acutely aware of, watching it persist even as the art world evolves.