These are some screenshots of messages I’ve received all within the past week or so, I get them all the time, and most of the time I don’t answer them because I don’t know how to respond, but it’s starting to upset me a little bit. I don’t know how to feel about this at all, I’m all about equality and it’s something I feel passionate about, so I’m quite upset that I’m being called hypocritical and that it’s been suggested that I could come across as racist, just because I haven’t drawn any people of colour in my work. It’s not like I start a drawing and actively decide “I’m not going to draw anyone that isn’t white” - it just so happens that I’ve only drawn white people in the past, I can’t give a reason why, I don’t make art with social justice/representing all people in mind, I’m just drawing things from inside my head and trying to express myself, I don’t mean to leave anyone out, but now I feel just terrible. But now, if I did suddenly start drawing POC it’ll be like I’m just doing it because of these messages and it’ll be contrived, I just feel stuck, I’m terrified of insulting anyone, it’s not that I don’t want to draw WOC/POC, I just simply haven’t done so yet, and I know I will do in the future when I’ve done all my planned drawings first! It’s really bothering me and these messages make me feel like such a bad person, but I don’t want them to directly influence who I draw, I’m stuck, what do you guys think? :-(
not that long a go it was brought up that a lot, if not all, of the women in your drawings have your features/ look like you. I feel like this is an important essence of your work as a lot of your works are to do with self-deprication, insecurity etc which i know you struggle with sometimes
nobody goes around saying that Lichenstien (for example) was a racist because he only depicted white women in his artwork.
just let your work develop as you want it to!
Polyester 2014, shoot by Arvida Byström.
IT’S A HUMMINGBEE
These are BEE FLIES!
Harmless to everything else, these precious little cutie pies sneak their eggs into beehives, where their larvae can parasitize bee larvae and eat their food reserves!
Simultaneously adorable and insidious!
First rubber boas, now these little fuckers. Nature is magical.
Check out the article about this: Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks
I adore these.