Hands are hard, y’all

Hands are hard, y’all

Three days in the hospital with all the free time in the world and I mostly did nothing but sit around and wait. I did manage to start this drawing on my iPad in #procreate. Hands are hard, y’all. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures View in Instagram...
Thanks for the feature, artifats_collection!

Thanks for the feature, artifats_collection!

Thanks for the feature @artifats_collection! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ・・・ Nikki D May @nikkidale Artist + Designer Visit nikkimay.com . #fatartmadebyfatartists #fatartistsmakingfatart #fatart #fatartists #artifats #artifatscollection #nikkimay #nikkidmay #nikkidale View in Instagram...
Self portrait with magnolias

Self portrait with magnolias

Self portrait with magnolias. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures View in Instagram...
I worked on something really cool over the weekend

I worked on something really cool over the weekend

I worked on something really cool over the weekend and kept my big mouth shut while I waited to see if it would actually be published… .. The super-cool Rebecca Alexander is Kickstarting a much-needed app/website called AllGo: “a review site where fat people rate the comfort and accessibility of places so others can know what it’s like.” .. After learning about the project from Your Fat Friend, I made a small donation to the project and emailed Rebecca and let her know that I’d love to help her out in some way. She asked me to draw a few of her high-profile supporters for an article in @popsugar and I was happy to comply! So here, for your viewing pleasure, is my illustration of @roxanegay74, @bitchesgottaeat, @themilitantbaker and @andimjulie. Click the link in my bio to see the full article with my illustration on POPSUGAR! And support the campaign in...
Spent the morning drawing and writing

Spent the morning drawing and writing

Spent the morning drawing and writing about why most of my women have no faces. Ironically, the latest one does have a face. It’s not really true that #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
I mostly post a lot of images and not a lot of words

I mostly post a lot of images and not a lot of words

I mostly post a lot of images and not a lot of words, but I feel like the drawings don’t tell the whole story. Actually, I’m not really interested in telling the whole story, but I do want to be honest and share more. I wrote this blog post almost a week ago, posted a few days later, but have been scared to share it. Today I read an open letter written to Brené Brown by Anna Chapman of Be Nourished and it inspired me to go ahead and share it already! It’s not nearly as well-written as her letter or as expressive, but I don’t actually express my feelings in real words, usually only with sarcasm. Time to stop that...
I’ve been hiding behind my naked women

I’ve been hiding behind my naked women

I feel like a fraud when I post my drawings of beautiful fat women, because I don’t feel that way about myself. I have hinted about those feelings in my artist statement when writing about seeing behind the surface, the difference between what the world sees and what is hidden inside, etc… but I haven’t really spoken about it personally. I’m going to try to do that. This is my first step. I haven’t been honest. I draw naked fat women and give lip service to body positivity and fat acceptance, but I don’t feel it. And I’ve never publicly shared my own story or thoughts around it. I mean, I see beauty in other people’s fat bodies, but I haven’t internalized it. I don’t see it in my own. I don’t feel it. I try to project an air of confidence that I have never felt. I do believe it’s fine to be fat or skinny or tall or short or black or white and male or female or anywhere in between any of those descriptors. But I have always wanted to be thinner. I’ve tried every possible way of losing weight. Dieting, exercising, therapy, medication, hypnosis, surgery, the list goes on… I’ve been jealous of people with eating disorders different from mine. I mean, if you’re going to have an eating disorder, you might as well have one that makes you thin, right? And I used to say, well, I’m fat, but at least I’m healthy. I have always had low blood pressure, low cholesterol, been fairly flexible and had no trouble getting around. But now my...
What not to say to anyone ever

What not to say to anyone ever

What not to say to anyone ever: “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” As if (1) the two are mutually exclusive and (2) “fat” is an insult and not simply a descriptive word. #effyourbeautystandards...