Artist Creates Queer Chameleon Comics Where The Characters Talk About Their Sexualities And Identities (26 Pics) Interview With Artist
We won't tell you anything new by saying that we all are human, but each person is unique. Everyone has different aspirations, skills, weaknesses, body types, sexualities, beliefs... Everybody comes from different backgrounds, cultures, speaks various languages, etc. However, a lot of societies today reject the diverse nature of our kind. Not only reject it, but establish a standard of "normality" and neglect those who deviate from the line that the society has drawn.
What a wide audience doesn't see or doesn't want to see is that the drawn line can come in different shapes, colors and sizes. It can change its direction, be wiggly, blurry or even pixelated. That's why we need to talk about these things until acceptance is the norm.
Not only are human beings rejected or misunderstood because of their otherness, but apparently chameleons as well. Today Bored Panda wants to share wholesome comics created by Amee Wilson. Being queer herself, she felt the need to represent LGBTQ+ people and that's how she came up with "Queer Chameleon". The artist takes stereotypes about queer people and turns them into funny illustrations that might make you feel stronger in drawing your own lines.
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Amee revealed to Bored Panda that she got a lot of attention when she posted a comic about a chameleon turning the colors of the pride flag. It was based on her own experiences of coming out. She received love and support from other people, so the artist decided to create a spin-off all about queer identity and sexuality. For that, she chose to use cute chameleons.
The artist gets inspiration from her own experiences of being queer, but also other well-known stereotypes or in-jokes. "It was kind of intended to take back some of the things people say to us and turn them into something wholesome or funny."
Amee tries to make content for people who don't usually see themselves represented. "We have a lot more understanding now about different identities but there's still a big gap in seeing them shown anywhere."
The artist shared her excitement about the positive response from people: "I am still quite blown away, it's amazing! But it's also quite humbling, I have a lot to learn too (I can only really talk directly about my own perspective) so it's been great when people comment and talk amongst themselves to help us educate each other!"
Amee shared that she has always drawn since she was tiny, but she never studied it. "It's just a hobby for fun that I've had over the years! I used to do a lot of sketching but used to be obsessed with using biros! I've always drawn cartoons - I'm actually terrible at most other forms of art. Don't let me near a paintbrush!"
There's always a part of the creative process that artists enjoy the most. For Amee, it's the line work. "Once I've come up with the concept. Picking the idea is the hardest part (and the bit I worry about the most!) so once I get to the line work it's more fun as it's seeing it come to life!"
The artist revealed that the most challenging part when creating chameleon comics is accurately capturing the experiences of the community. "I only have one perspective that is uniquely mine - but I want to still try and represent as many others as I can. So I am trying to find collaborators and make sure I don't misrepresent anyone else's experience!"
Amee is always keen to collaborate with other people. She loves to showcase some new perspectives, so if you have any ideas, you can get in touch with her! She also a different comic called "Anxious Animals". You can check out the illustrations here.