I'm really upset of something that's happening to me a lot lately.
It's happening here, and I'd really appreciate it if you guys would pay attention for a minute or two.
before I explain, let me make this perfectly clear:
Stop drawing Bernadette with a skinny or average body type!
As you've all probably seen on my timeline, I have an overweight character by the name of Bernadette. She's very near and dear to me, and I write her and draw her in the ways that I do to make her more human to me. I will not say she is a perfect character. She's not, she has a lot of problems that I still need to refine and research more. That's one of the reasons I've held onto her for so long.
Now I don't think I need to point out that she's overweight, I try to depict her with obvious fat and wrote down that her weight on her app is clearly over what the average is for her height. I think we can all understand that, yes?
Then why is it that every time someone else draws her, she's a generic twig?
I go through years of designing her, reach a point where I don't want her to be a literal Barbie doll in proportions anymore, and come to the conclusion that her actions in character and her genetics would lead her to being on the heavier side.
Whenever you draw Bernadette, don't disregard her weight. It is a part of her character and is very disrespectful to me when it is thrown out for the sake of ~ * ~ * style * ~ * ~
I can't stress enough how much this means to me. This is like seeing people draw thin Amethyst from Steven Universe, or seeing people trying to justify why a thin human!Baymax makes more sense for healthcare (which is a load of bullshit).
It hurts seeing that happen to Bernie on more than one occasion. And you know what else? It would hurt much less if I know that you are at least trying. I know not everyone can draw different body types because they just don't know how and are too afraid to be bad at it.
But guess what?
Being afraid to draw chubby people poorly is worse than actually drawing chubby people poorly.
If you are trying, I genuinely appreciate the effort. It shows me that you are willing to look past the basics and push yourself to do things that may seem scary and uncomfortable at first, but come with rewarding knowledge and diversity in drawing. Please try to conquer your fear and push your own limits. You'll be grateful that you did.
If you actually read this, thank you for your time and have a nice night.