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fat-positive science fiction/fantasy art

Some images NWS (but the page linked below is WS).

http://www.jedsart.com/main.htm

It's sort of "If Boris Vallejo were an FA" (or as one guestbook comment put it, "Boris Vallejo meets Robert Crumb") but the women are depicted as powerful and decisive, not as reactive or assistive.

Many but not all of the images depict ultra-muscularity. A woman who posted about it on a mailing list I read commented that she doesn't often see depictions of fat women who are muscular, and that many of us fat people have lots of muscles under our fat layers so it's nice to see depictions that convey that. I concur.

(Update: It appears the artist has an LJ: jebriodo)

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cha
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I really liked the 2001 images... they were beautiful!
kshandra
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be reposting this to fat_art, with attribution.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, now why didn't I know about that community? [*adds to reading list*]
kshandra
Sep. 19th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Your guess is as good as mine, as I've mentioned it in my journal more than once.... (It's yohannon's baby, and I've got mod access, so let me know if you'd actually like to join and I'll send you an invite.)
firecat
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
I doubt I'll have anything to contribute any time soon, but if I can join anyway, go ahead and send me an invite. Thanks!
kshandra
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Done. And you're set up with unmoderated posting access, as I trust you to read (and more importantly, follow) the instructions in the community info.... ;-)
firecat
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the invite and the trust...
grumpywitch
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Very neat! Thanks for passing this along.
epi_lj
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm at work, so I haven't been able to look at many. The muscular ones do strike me as odd, though. It's not that I don't know that many fat people have muscles underneath, but I've never seen anybody who was both fat and sported a six-pack. The definition kept striking me odd. I'm looking forward looking through them all this evening, though.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've never seen anyone like that either, and I prefer the paintings of somewhat less well-defined subjects, but I kind of like the very muscular ones too. I spent a few months doing weight-lifting and read a bunch of muscle magazines at the time, so they look familiar from that pov.
porcinea
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I love his work.

http://www.jedsart.com/pregnant%20catalog.jpg (with smaller hands and feet) is me.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
mmmm, yeah
nellorat
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
No lie! How wonderful! I know someone who was a fat nude model for art other than Women En Large!
dandelion_diva
Sep. 19th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
many of us fat people have lots of muscles under our fat layers

Actually, all of us do. ;-)

Great link. Thank you.:)

Gessi
dawnd
Sep. 19th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Nice. Thanks for posting them. It's interesting... in a women's class last year one (much more slender) participant said that when she looked at me what she saw was "strength." When I look at many of these pictures, that's what I see the artist conveying. It's a very clear message that strength and fat are not necessarily mutually exclusive, which is rather unusual in our culture. I really liked the Big Fairy (or whatever he called it), too. I'd just been contemplating having someone draw me as a Pixie (Akien's nickname for me for years), and I imagine I'd come out looking a bit like that (though my arms aren't NEARLY that well developed!).
firecat
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
People have said that sort of thing to me, too. I like it.
dawnd
Sep. 20th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
:^) That makes sense to me. I certainly see you as a strong person in many ways.
firecat
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
Thanks...
pir_anha
Sep. 19th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: fat-positive science fiction/fantasy art
oh, yeah! i really like quite a few of those.
rmjwell
Sep. 20th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
If I were still running an artshow for an SF con, I'd be inviting him to exhibit right about now.

Time for me to bug my friends who still are....
nellorat
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
YES YES YES! You would get much gratitude from me, especially if it were a convention I might go to.
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