Welcome to my website! I’m Jessi Eoin, and I’m an artist and illustrator who specializes in traditional ink and paper. I also dabble in watercolor, acrylics, and hopefully soon gouache. I’m so excited to share my work on here with you!
I’ve been dreaming for years of working as an artist professionally, and I even attended college for it for a while. The funny thing is that I never got around to most of my art major courses because I spent the first few years knocking out all my general requirements first and when I was finally left with my last couple of semesters where I would be really getting into art courses (the best for last!), my disabilities flared up to a point where I had to drop out. I eventually was forced to quit work, too, but that’s another story for another day.
So for the last few years while traveling from doctor to doctor, I’ve been wistfully daydreaming about one day being able to hole up in my cozy studio nook, create beautiful work about fat and disabled and trans people, and set up a business around the creations I have tucked away in my well-loved sketchbooks– and now the day is finally here!
I make body positive artwork because of how difficult it is for me to find beautiful pictures, videos, art, hell– any kind of media about fat and disabled people for reference work and in mainstream media. This is especially true when it comes to fat and disabled and trans people of color. This really frustrates me, so a couple of years ago, I promised myself I would only draw fat people from now on. Small fats, big fats, huge fats– all the fats! I also promised myself I would draw more disabled people and characters because if I thought it was hard to find fat people drawn beautifully, it’s next to impossible to find disabled people drawn beautifully.
And that’s not enough, of course, so I also promised myself my characters would never be cis men because blech. I’m so sick of seeing cis white men everywhere, it drives me up the wall. They have plenty of space of their own, and they don’t need my space. So I’ve been making nothing but works of glorious nonbinary people, trans women, intersex folks, femmes, cis women, and trans men, and it has been so wonderful! It’s incredibly empowering and gratifying to sit in my studio and create works that embrace everything that mainstream media neglects and/or demeans– and have it be the exact opposite of the message people try to twist.
Disabled and fat and transgender bodies and faces and people are fucking amazing, and I want to draw them in the beautiful ways I know them to be. I want to celebrate the value inherent in all types of bodies and disabilities and a/genders. I want to celebrate the bodies I wish I had seen growing up, the bodies that kids should see growing up, the body I have and love– I want to celebrate you and your body!
I hope you’ll join me on this journey! I’ll be posting on here every so often, sharing behind the scenes posts, character backstories for my works, the occasional free download, and more. I plan to have a newsletter option up soon, but in the meantime, you’re more than welcome to follow me on my Instagram account, contact me, and take a look around my shop or info pages.
I hope you have a great day, and thanks for reading!