A styled photo of a piece by Jessi Eoin; the art is an inked fantasy illustration showing a fat person with short, kinky, natural hair resting on her knees inside a big bubble that encompasses her. She has a large belly with a line of hair running up its middle, a birthmark, body hair, stretch marks, a penis, and two canes crossed in front of them. She has her head poking up out of the top of the bubble a bit where she smiles widely with her hands lightly touching her face and posing behind her head. There are lots of small bubbles in the big one, as well as a couple floating above the big bubble. There are flowers and leaves on the outside of the bubble. This person is genderqueer and accepts she pronouns. She is also asexual and panromantic.

Experimenting with Bubble Art

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.

A close up photo of a piece by Jessi Eoin of an Asian person with long hair and breasts sitting inside a big bubble filled with tiny bubbles and topped with flowers. The person is smiling at a flower they're holding in their hand, and they have lots of stretch marks visible on their belly.

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.

A close up photo of a piece by Jessi Eoin of an older person with long hair and breasts sitting in their wheelchair in a big bubble that has lots of tiny bubbles in it and is topped with a big flower. The person is holding therir hands behind their head in a pose.

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

A close up photo of a piece by Jessi Eoin of a big flower on the outside bottom of a big bubble with a person inside it.

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!