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Mommy's Little Girl by sabishiidesu13 Mommy's Little Girl by sabishiidesu13
For the 2013 Embracing Our Differences Contest
There are two versions of this: the original and the one I submitted for the contest (since I DERPED and forgot that it had to be landscape and not portrait). This is the original.


Rather than appearance, a person should be judged by the content of their character. Gender stereotypes are a part of society. Clothes and toys are sorted based on gender; some languages require that you use certain words based on gender. Gender is fluid, and sometimes, a person may feel different than what their body presents. However, girls and boys alike have expected ways of behaving and may be judged or teased by family and peers for not being “manly enough” or “unladylike”. The dysphoria caused by the feeling of being in the wrong body combined with the pressure to fit into society causes pain. Today, many variants of gender are recognized: cismale/female, transmale/female, genderqueer, and so forth. To be looked down upon because of how one sees themself is wrong. Whatever pronoun you wish to be referred to should not affect how people view you as a person.

In my work, I wanted to express how a parent could keep you from being who you are. Many kids feel like they have to live up to their parents’ expectations and make them happy. What if one of those expectations was to see them grow up to be a young woman or man?


Thank you to my brother who helped me write the description.

It's been a LONG time since I last did a piece as big as this. If you can't tell I kinda forgot how to color hair. XD I also spent about and hour and a half trying to cell shade for some reason...I ended up trashing that and starting over. I'm glad I did. :)

Time was around 21-22 hours. Big thanks to Giovanni Civardi's Human Anatomy book. It really helped me on drawing the bodies. I don't draw faces like him, but I tried going for a more realistic look since I don't think my usually manga-inspired style would go well with the piece.

In the one I submitted to the contest, I ended up having to cut about half of the whole picture. Even though it kinda looked better I was still sad...mainly because of, well.... :icondatass:. However it did cut off the girl's fingers, which I forgot to fix before I got to coloring :I

Uuuuuuuh so yeah. Hopefully everyone likes. : D It's been so long since I've submitted anything so I don't really know what to say anymore;;;
Thank you for viewing! Have a wonderful day<3
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The-Adorkable-Nerd Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a cute dress

Bu anyway such a great picture with a great message
De-Vore Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this. :)
crowxrose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
When I saw it, this picture hit me hard.
Not even because of the message... But because I saw it backwards.
I saw the face of a boy staring into a mirror with a dress, imagining himself as a girl.
Dragonsong3 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I relate to this so badly :(
nhprodigio Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMGosh... when I saw this I had a flashback to my early teens O_o Thank you so much for drawing this, it really captures how it feels.
IceSamZero Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Thank you so much for this.
AmplifiedSavagery Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student
I saw this on tumblr and had to stare at if for a while to realise what I was seeing. Great piece of art, very beautiful and sends a strong message.
RirenLiplock Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture makes me nearly cry, because this is exactly how I feel when my mother always tries to make me into her perfect little girl. It's been twenty years, and I'm still not the perfect daughter she wants. Recently I'm starting to break away and try and let her see that I'm not lying when I say I can't be who she wants me to be, but am instead my own person. I hope someday I'll be free of her opinions and that she'll learn to accept who I really am.
Thank you for drawing this. It helps me feel a bit stronger.
Gubble Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thank you for this picture
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