Requested by @askkeirastarlightdraconequus i hope you enjoy it ^^ I tried very hard to get every detail right. It was fun to draw these guys and I got new color pencil yesterday so it was perfect time to try it out!
recently i’ve been eating healthier, i’m exercising regularly and i have a good sleeping pattern and honestly i feel so much better; i actually have energy now. even though i am very happy with my appearance, i do have times where i compare my body to others or i look at myself in the mirror hoping to see something else. it doesn’t happen very often but i feel like we are constantly being subjected to a particular perception of beauty that is thrown around, and it can be difficult sometimes to remember that this is only one body type, this is only one perception. the problem with this is that your brain starts to see what is being portrayed as ‘normal’, and therefore thinks that if you don’t look like that then you must be ‘abnormal’. also the idea of perfection does change over time, so what is seen as perfect now might not be in ten years time. i know how hard it can be sometimes but please try to accept yourself for who you are; there is not one ideal appearance, and you are not in any way lesser than someone else. please treat your body with kindness and be healthy, whatever that means to you. and don’t be afraid of showing the world what you look like, because the more people of all different shapes and sizes are happy and confident in their appearance, the more other people will be too. and maybe one day there won’t be an idealistic body type and we can move away from this one image of perfection.
So I've been reading Neil Hilborn since I noticed how taken you are with him (thank you for that) his writing came into my life at the perfect time, he speaks so well on mental illness while also being a brilliant storyteller. . . I was wondering if there's anything else you could recommend that has that effect on you, anything: poets, literature, fiction, podcasts even?
ikr! he’s amazing isn’t he?
As for other things, the first thing that comes to mind is Dessa. She was the first musical artist I absolutely fell in love with and I haven’t found a band that meets the intricacy and beauty of her prose since.
I’m also a fan of magical realism and that sort of blending the mundane with the strange. PJ Liguori (youtube: kickthepj) has a way of making magical-realism-ish stories that are somehow simultaneously magical, relatable, and unsettling. especially in his older stuff. I still go back to gems like this when I need an extra creative boost.
(I just realized I didn’t include any of the genres you actually asked for. Along the mixing of sci-fi/fantasy with reality line, Kurt Vonnegut is a p great author, and welcome to night vale is a podcast I used to listen to, but stopped for unknown reasons. Otherwise, Sam Rush is an amazing slam poet, I’m a big fan of their more recent stuff like this.)