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January 6, 2013
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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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bauble123 Mar 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
this is wonderful! It really reinforces the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words".
Ohmachidai Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so amazing :wow: ... 
pczelda Mar 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow there's so much here. The girl's arm is so unnaturally thin too, wonder what you were intending with that... starvation to get thinner?
sky-the-ripper Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I sooooooooooooooooooooo get this!! I'm a high school freshman and 16-years-old, and ever since I could remember I was always picked on by my own family (my mom included) and other people because I'm a MAJOR tomboy! I've always wore pants, t-shirts that would be considered a guys shirt, and sneakers! At my old school (the one I use to go to before I moved in the 3rd Grade) I was almost forced on pills because my school wanted all kids to act like young "ladies" and young "gentlemen" I HATED IT! My mom always tried to force my into dresses and I always hated it, as soon as she left I changed back into my jeans and t-shirt. I just don't get why people are so critical about how dress because of what gender they are! It makes no sense to me!
i'm sorry if I offend u but, I don't get it?
sabishiidesu13 Mar 10, 2014   Digital Artist
No offence taken :)

I guess the simplest way I can explain it is the picture is suppose to show how parental expectations, beliefs, pressures, etc. can sometimes discourage their children from being who they are.

In this particular piece, I focus on this concept and how it relates to the transgender community. At the time I created this piece, two of my friends came out to me as FTM, but due to their parents, they felt scared of being who they are. One's parents is extremely conservative, and they are completely against LGBT. The other would see his parents get defensive when anyone mistook "their daughter" as a male. They would discourage him from dressing like a boy, and would get really excited and happy whenever he dressed like a girl. However, my friend instead felt extremely uncomfortable. Seeing their struggles and fears are what drove me to create this piece.

Please let me know if you would like me to explain anything else. :) Thank you for viewing. :)
thank u :3
Princess-Amy Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really lovely.
Illuminated-City Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I  I am speechless.  Thank you for sharing.
this is beautiful and perfect and....well, i can't really describe how unbelievably amazing this is. Heart Heart Heart  
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