Just a quick update on what I’m up to behind the scenes. :] [smiley]
I’ve been spending June so far sharing all the photos I prepared before launching and also making new artwork. :] [smiley] A really fun one has been experimenting with what I’ve decided to call Bubble Art where I have a series of disabled fat folks inside bubbles of water surrounded by flowers and/or plants.
It started purely as a way of me attempting to improve drawing the entire body. I’ve always struggled with fitting the entire body of a person in a drawing; my works always end up hyper zoomed in, and I think that’s a reflection of being autistic in a way, where I tend to hyperfocus on an aspect of something to the point where everything else kind of gets lost from tunnel gaze, as I think of it. Or maybe telescope-gaze would be a better descriptor. Either one works for me, really, and both get the point across: I focus on one part and that part gets blown up in size on my paper or canvas, leaving little or no room for the rest of the body on the surface. lol
While I don’t mind it too much, I’d still like to improve my skills on drawing the whole of someone’s body. So what I did was draw a circle very lightly on my page with the intention of setting that as a boundary for the piece, but I ended up really loving the way the circle looked staying around the body, so I kept it in and added some accents to it like the tiny bubbles and plants. I thought it would be nice to explore the making of a series and see where it takes me. Also, I’ve been trying to gain the courage needed to submit my work to some publishing groups and/or galleries, and some of them require multiple pieces to be submitted, so I thought it would be nice to have a solid series rotating around an idea to submit if/when I do.
And it’s been fun! I really like the way the pieces look, and it’s nice to have the freedom to explore ideas that work and maybe don’t work so well. I particularly struggled with the one of the elderly person using a wheelchair– I struggled so much with that face! It was always two to three times larger than a head should be for that size body. lol And not like, “Oh, hey, maybe there’s some swelling going on from a condition,” but more of a “Is this head so big …on purpose?? Is it meant to be surrealism? What happened here?” kind of thing. It’s a good thing I’m practicing. lol
So yeah, there’s no deep meaning to this series other than the fact I enjoyed making more #disabilityinfantasy illustrations. :] [smiley]
Speaking of #disabilityinfantasy, that’s a hashtag I started on Instagram on June 7th to hoooopefully encourage more artists to make more disabled characters in fantasy settings. I’m thinking of making a separate blog post on the topic, though, so I think I’ll stop here on the topic for now. I’ll try to remember to post a link to it here later if I do. :] [smiley]
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day!