This Love Your Body piece was inspired by Mark Velasquez’s photo that I spotted on tumblr a while back. I was so struck by the image, the posing and the draping of the fabric for some reason reminded me of religious art, it was very goddess like to me. So when I sketched her I kept that in mind and tried to bring that to my drawing. I like to keep images from tumblr to work on later. My flow is when I see something that strikes me I click reblog>save as draft. My drafts folder is full of beautiful figures just waiting to be turned into art.
Daily Creativity: Body Positive Conversation Hearts
Conversation hearts in honor of Valentines day. I’m not a big fan of Valentines day because of the pressure it seems to put on people. It’s one of those things, when you are single you think, if I was with someone this would be a great day. Yet when you are with someone the pressure that is put on this holiday can be overwhelming. You end up feeling bad about yourself no matter your relationship status. When I was a kid I loved Valentines day because my mother would sneak chocolates under our pillows. We would wake up to a tiny sample of chocolates. It wasn’t much, just enough to make us feel special. My first year out of the house I was living with my sister and my mom arranged for her to put my chocolate sample under my pillow that first year. It was awesome and made me feel really special. That is the kind of stuff I love, yet most of what you hear about this day, is pressure. Pressure to be in a relationship. Pressure to show someone how much you care. Pressure to feel like you partner has done enough to show that they care. It’s frustrating and while both my partner and I know this is a made up holiday and don’t really celebrate it, I see this continue to hurt a lot of other people. Instead of focusing on relationships I thought I would focus on self love. I asked for some suggestions from a Fat Acceptance group I belong to on Facebook to help me come up with some empowering conversation hearts. Some of these are my own, and some are important to others. I would buy a whole box of these.
Fountain pen Ink and digital pastels.
Welcome to my 2018 Lent project of Daily Creativity!
Inspired by this post on facebook I created this Love Your Body piece. I loved how the two bodies intertwined. Normally I do these pieces as solo figures, but this one felt so intense to me. Sharing of two bodies, each loving the other till they become one. I think my line drawing worked really well with this piece.
Love Your Body series gains another submission. I drew a line art piece from this photo. I like how this piece came out with the line drawing. I hope to evoke the curves of the body to celebrate the form of this figure. Like the other figures I have done in this style I may save for a watercolor too. Ink on paper.
Love Your Body, it’s not always easy but it is always rewarding. As the weather gets warmer I’m thinking of the beach and I used this photo as inspiration for today’s piece. Drawing fat people in bathing suits is fun for me and makes my soul feel good. This one I love because she is confidently approaching the water in a bikini (not a fatkini, or a suit designed to make her looks slimmer) and letting the sun hit as much of her skin as possible. There is a freedom to this, a radical act of self love in doing what many others wouldn’t think twice about. With campaigns against bodies like ours this kind of art is important to me and people like me. We deserve to enjoy the beach and we are glorious when we do it. Pencils on paper.