Jessi Eoin (they/them) is an illustrator who loves making, reading, and talking about comics, and they have come to accept that this is probably how they would be lured by a kidnapper.
Hopes for the Fat Artist Network
My hopes for FAN are wide and varied, but I think what I'm most excited about is seeing a directory of fat artists from all kinds of backgrounds and having that directory empower art directors, commissioners, and other hiring professionals to hire fat artists for our phenomenal work. I greatly anticipate the day when this network opens up doors for all of our community, and I'm gonna keep working hard to make sure it comes true!
Whether I put my stylus to tablet, micron pen to mixed media paper, or brush to watercolor paper, I am thinking about how to exalt my community. I imagine them embracing the celebration of their bellies and mobility aids brought to life in the curves of my line work. I imagine them relishing the reflection of their back rolls, ostomy bags, and body hair that blends gender identities.
I imagine their joy in reading fat, disabled characters leading fantastical lives in the pages of a comic I've created for them. I imagine them loving parts of themselves that they may have struggled to before. I imagine myself, too, in these ways, feeling glorified in the ways I revel in others. I've learned that to love others is to love myself, and I pour my heart into each piece to create a world where we exist in bountiful and abundant ways, where we are valued and cherished as we are.
Where to Find Jessi
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