The Fall

New drawing! This has been inspired from the story of Adam & Eve (well, actually just Eve) and Japanese shunga. I wanted to bring both of these together in a more modern setting.

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Illustration of the Day: ‘Don’t Touch Us’

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This illustration has been created in response to the notion of the male gaze and the belief that, within society, men can take ownership of a woman’s body in society. Woman are continually portrayed in the media through the eyes of the man – in a way in which they are shown as most attractive to men. In turn, this promotes the idea that men have a type of intangible ownership of the female body. This illustration hopes to deconstruct this concept and help women to take ownership & control of their own bodies!

Thanks for reading!

Emily Jane x

Illustration of the Day: Menstruation Dance

Menstruation has been on my mind recently, more than the usual five-of-the-month fiasco. I’ve been thinking about how ashamed women tend to be when they are on their period. Hiding tampons up their sleeves as they make their way from their desk to the toilet, from a seat in a restaurant to the toilet, from making their way from a lecture theatre to the toilet.

One of my most embarrassing memories to date was when I bumped into two of my bosses (male, of course). After saying hello I reached into my bag to hand to get my work keys and as I did a whole box of tampons fell out onto the street and spread around our feet. I tried to laugh it off, but I felt my cheeks starting to burn so I bolted to the ground and began to gather up the troops. At that point in time I was deeply embarrassed by this experience, especially since I barely spoke about periods unless it was with my close friends and mother. The fact that this happened in front of two men felt like I had committed some sort of crime. I will just say – that my two bosses laughed if off with me and didn’t care at all, but it was humiliating all the same.

Thinking back on this memory now I have a totally different perspective. Why on earth should any woman be ashamed of their period? From now on, I hope to try and represent menstruation throughout my illustrations in a small attempt to try and normalise the topic!

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Emily Jane x

Intersectional Feminism

I’ve been having many conversations recently about intersectional feminism and how important it is to acknowledge the hierarchies within feminism.

“I don’t see race/colour” is a phrase used by some white feminists. It shows how such women use their place or privilege to refute and deny the sufferings of women of colour & erasing their personal/cultural history.

There is no ‘one feminism fits all’.

Plant Lady

This illustration: Plant Lady is a representation of a part of my personality. The part which associates with both feminism and nature. I do also have a lot of plants in my apartment. They add some colour.

I love to draw and represent women (mainly millennials as I am one so I can identify with them) in a way that demonstrates strength and tries to display the naked body in a non-sexualised way. I want to show women who stand proud and are comfortable with themselves even though they may defy strict beauty standards that are imposed on us.

The plants don’t make much sense – they’re not really supposed to. I just like plants. I guess it’s just trying to show that body hair is okay on any place on the body. Pubic hair is awesome. Nothing to be ashamed of.

‘Nuff said.

This is one of the first illustrations I have done digitally that I have been happy with – in terms of the face, composition and colours. I’m trying to do at least 3 illustrations a week (hopefully more) and I want to develop more of my own uniqueness to my drawings!

Emily x