Papercraft commission of Aoba and Mink (and Tori) from Dramatical Murder! These outfits are charmingly ridiculous. I had a lot of fun with Aoba’s holographic hair and using tiny rhinestone embellishments to represent braids.
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I checked it out of the library about a billion times.
If you’ve never read it, then you probably don’t know about The Story of Baby X!
1974. Thirty-three years ago. This anthology included a story. About a kid being raised without an assigned gender. As a positive thing.
I didn’t know I was genderqueer at the time, or that that was a thing, or… anything. But it had a huge influence on me. It made it very easy to imagine raising a kid by using gender-neutral pronouns, and waiting to hear a gender, and/or pronouns, from the kid themself.
And here it is.
Once upon a time a baby named X was born. It was named X so that no one could tell whether it was a boy or a girl.
Before it was born, scientists created an Official Instruction Manual that would help the families raise baby X.
Many families were interviewed to find the perfect parents for baby X. Families with grandparents named Milton or Agatha, families with aunts who wanted to knit blue shirts and pink dresses, families with other children who wanted a little brother or sister. All of these families didn’t want a baby X, they wanted a baby girl or boy.
Finally, scientists found the Jones family The Jones family wanted to raise a healthy, happy baby, no matter what kind. They wanted, most of all, to raise a baby X.
The Jones promised to take turns holding X, feeding X, and singing X to sleep.
They promised to never hire any babysitters, because babysitters might try to peek at baby X’s secret.
The day the Joneses brought home their baby, everyone asked, ”Is it a boy or a girl?” To which Mr. Jones replied proudly, ”It’s an X!”
No one knew what to say. They couldn’t say, “look at her cute dimples” or “look at his husky biceps!” And just saying “kitchy-coo” didn’t seem right either.
The neighbors were unsure, and the relatives were embarrassed. “People will think there is something wrong with it!”
And the Joneses didn’t understand this. “What could be wrong with a perfectly healthy and happy baby?” they sat and wondered.
Suddenly everything changed for the Joneses: The cousins who sent a tiny helmet did not come and visit anymore. The neighbors who sent pink, flowered dresses pulled their shades when the Joneses passed their house.
The Official Instruction Manual had warned the new parents this would happen, so they didn’t worry too much. Besides, they were having too much fun raising baby X.
Mr. & Mrs. Jones had to be very careful. Because if they kept bouncing baby X up in the air and saying how strong and active X is, they’d be treating baby X more like a boy. But, if they cuddle and kiss baby X and tell it how sweet and dainty X is, they’d be treating baby X more like a girl rather than an X.
So they consulted the Official Instruction Manual, and the scientists prescribed, “Plenty of bouncing and plenty of cuddling. X ought to be strong, sweet, and active. Forget about dainty altogether.” [Continued below the cut]
work in progress: Brienne & Jaime (while doing the hair I discovered a quartzous enclosure (the greyish streak ending on Brienne’s cheek), which means the stone there is way harder, and a corny part of my brain instantly thought something like: how cute that there should actually appear a rocksolid bond between them… well, as cute as stone can get)
Hi everyone! I’ll in San Antonio this coming weekend attending San Japan X. I’ll be in the dealers den (instead of artist alley) located there on the map with my hand made goodies~ These are just a few of what I have to offer! Also part of my booth will also have collectibles and comics!! >v</ I hope to see you there!
Hey everyone! I am creating a WhatsApp chat if anyone would like to join, please DM me!
In our chat you’re free to share your art, give/recieve tips and make friends with fellow artists! It doesn’t matter if you do crafts, digital/traditional drawing, colouring manga panels or what fandom you’re from, all are welcome.
This group chat exists so that we can make friends, share, and help support each other. This is a fairly new idea, so changes may be made in the future, I might make an extra page on my blog listing the members etc, I’m not sure yet. For now I just see it as an opportunity to communicate more with fellow artists! :D