Manchester (UK) based illustrator. I do a lot of character and animal based images. Despite that, I enjoy creating images of just about anything.
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guys, i think the main points are recognise the media you consume is probably racist/sexist/cisexist/ect (doesn’t…
Yeah, I totally get it :) I do try to use what I learn to make sure I’m not being ignorant and saying things that may hurt someone. Heck, the other day I apologised to my friend with alopecia for something I’d said even though I know she’s cool about it all and has been for years. I’ve also started (politely) calling out friends who say slurs or say offensive things about a group of people in a casual way.
I know ignoring it and distancing from it isn’t the way to go, and I’m sure sometime in the future I’ll run my mouth again about an issue and get my ass handed to me; but from this experience I think I decided I want to maybe stay out of the debates a little bit and use it to influence my work.
Some day I hope to have children’s books that will be there to influence future generations, and if I use all this info to help my work be inclusive and more understanding, then maybe someday it will help someone to not feel left out or ignored.
It’s a tough one because I know I can’t please everyone, but all I really care about is having at least one person be helped by it.