neo-prince asked: On the subject of drawing cute, depressed characters: I think that is a big part of why I like your art so much? A lot of comic artists and animators and stuff like to juxtapose cute characters with really dark situations but it always feels like some cheap, "edgy" gimmick. But the way you depict sadness through cuteness feels genuine and personal. I don't know, it's hard to explain. But I really appreciate those dynamics in your art and it inspires me a lot.
This is such an incredibly sweet message! Thank you so much :’) I truly appreciate your kind words!
I’m sure that there are people who probably think my art is gimmicky. I think that people will always say that about aesthetics that don’t really appeal to them. As a child, I was obsessed with trying to be able to draw just like The Lion King, and I idolised artists who could do so. Nowadays it feels a bit unimaginative to me, to just draw lions over and over in the same disney style, but back then I was in love with it and the artists I admired probably loved it too. Different aesthetics appeal to different people, I guess I’m trying to say.
Cuteness is something that gets shrugged off as very silly and childish but I think it’s a powerful tool. Just like humour, or horror, it’s subjective and different people find different things cute. Some people think that cuteness is purely aesthetic, but other people think that for something to be cute it has to be cute within as well as on the surface. Cuteness is very important to me because I don’t think it gets explored enough. Particularly intimidating cuteness.
Feminine cutesy things in mainstream media are 90% of the time displayed as subservient, shy, ladylike, etc, etc. I hate that. I hate the idea that cuteness - and femininity - is about letting people order you around and control you. Cuteness is something that is marketed at girls from a young age - boys might get a couple of cute things, but it’s mostly girls who are given cute characters, cute colours, cute clothes, etc, etc. But a lot of these things use cuteness as a medium to enforce their horrible ideals. Cute princesses that sit nicely in a tower and wait for a prince. Cute dolls who have bodies that are what society tells them are pretty. It’s gross, gross, gross. I hate it.
So I wanted to create and encourage cuteness that spits on that stuff. Cute princesses who can save themselves. Cute princesses who don’t shave and don’t wear dresses who are friends with cute princesses who do shave and do wear dresses. Cute dolls who have whatever bodies they want and don’t care about what society thinks. Cute characters who express that it’s ok to be sad, or to be angry, or to be gross. You’re a human and you’re flawed and flaws are essential to true cuteness. I want a cuteness revolution!
I apologise for rambling!! But your message made me very happy and I guess I wanted to explain a little bit of the thought behind my art :) Thank you!
"Shemale" is a term used to erase and invalidate a trans woman’s identity as a female or fetishize us. It’s not funny. Words like "tranny" and "shemale" are not funny or cute. They’re cruel and derisive. You’re no trans ally if you use them. "Trap" is a word created to imply that trans women are deceiving men for sex. It propagates the fear that gets us murdered. Trans people asking folks to stop using "tranny" isn’t censorship/word-policing. We’re just asking to not be verbally bashed.@MariTheTNF (via gwydionmisha)
People in their early twenties still refer to people older than them as “adults”. When do you think they stop… and realize… they are adults
I’m not an adult, I’m a child with a drinking permit.
I’m almost 30 and still refuse to acknowledge that I am an adult.