Stop telling me I’m cute! - Illustrations & process

 

So I got a wonderful news a couple of weeks ago: my brother is expecting a baby girl pretty soon! Since then, I’ve been obsessed with finding the first special gift I wanted to create as the proud auntie I’m becoming.

After a bit of thinking, it inspired me to start this serie of illustrations I’m happy to call:

 
 
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The goal behind this project is to remind little girls (and their parents) that being told to be “cute” isn’t all there is out there.

I know that the word “cute” might be the first thing that pops into your mind when you meet a little one and there’s a reason for that. I mean, let’s be honest, they are. So who wouldn’t want to say that? And is there anything wrong with it?

Well, let’s put it this way: little girls can do and be a million different things at once and they have an incredible potential. Being cute is just a tiny little part of who they might be and it doesn’t need to be constantly put up front.

 
 
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I believe it is essential to draw their attention to other positive aspects of their personalities, to let them know there are other things to focus on and that appearance isn’t the most important part they’ll have to take care of to grow as a person.

 
 
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But by constantly repeating the same thing over and over again, we are, in a way, convincing them that this is.

I believe it’s essential to draw attention to other qualities a girl at young age can show to make sure they know from the start they are full of possibilities and potential.

 
 
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So I started drawing a serie of ten characters. Ten little girls who obviously had had enough with that situation.
Then I tried to find other words to replace this on-going “cute” term and I created a small illustration related to each of those new words I found.

From curious, to smart, creative, kind, funny, brave or confident, the options are endless.

 
 
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This is a self-initiated project and this is just the start. I can’t wait to add more wonderful words to highlight everyday with this list and tell them all to my wonderful niece!

Do you have any other ideas? Please, let me know, I’d be glad to build a list which, one day, will be so long we won’t even remember to pronounce the word cute in the first place!

 
 
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You can find the whole project on my website, with all the detailed illustrations displayed.

 

Big girls jobs (Alphabet) – Work in progress

 

My self-initiated project “Big girls jobs (Alphabet)” was created after wanting to display various female characters handling different jobs.

 
 
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The alphabet was used as a guideline in order to focus on a broad variety of jobs and in order for me to know when to put a term on the project (once reaching 26 different characters).

Here are some work in progress and variations of character designs.

 
 
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I also hesitated to illustrate the accessories related to each job and make each illustration a full-page one but then I went back to focusing on the characters only.
(In order to finish the project following the deadline I had planned, to be honest).

Here are my first tries:

 
 
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Here are some more single characters to end up this post but you can find them all one by one on my website for more details.

 
 
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I had a lot of fun working on this project and I could have been going on and on if it wasn’t for respecting the alphabet!

By the way… have you found the names of all the jobs I illustrated? Give it a try!

 
 
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