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PT - Happy Birthday, Jess 2013 by Ai-Bee PT - Happy Birthday, Jess 2013 by Ai-Bee
Picture This
By *Tyshea and *Ai-Bee
A collection of short stories about love between girls. Jay&Jess is the second of the four arcs.
Visit the PT progress Tumblr here!

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A day fashionably late, but Happy Birthday, Jess! My little trouble-making Scorpio. ;P
So adhering to what seems to be a pattern this year with birthday art, we had a plot-bunny for Jess's everything. Along with her recent haircut (which seems to be getting shorter and more defined every time I draw it, yay!) Ty and I had a pretty great idea for fleshing out her parents. (Which I regret to say I haven't drawn yet...)

They still need names, but- Her Dad is a European Spaniard that came to New York for business as a lawyer, which eventually relocates him to Texas, where he meets Mom, a fiery African American basketball coach. They end up having Jess there, but have to return to NY when she's about to enter high-school, making Jess leave her Texas lifestyle- and Jay- behind.

So yes!! Jess is Afro-Spanish! :dance: I finally got around to undoing the whitewashing she's suffered quite a bit since her conception, ahaha;; So I went back around into her past to  sort of re-visualize her growing up. It was much needed, imho. I didn't make this into an Age Meme, however, because she may still indeed grow and her features/etc may stabilize even more by the time we get to doing age memes for JayJess.

Age 6: She's pretty bright and sort of a crime-stopper, and tends to be really blunt. (Childish honesty coupled with her daddy's nack for law) She stands up for Jay (who is bullied a lot) without a second thought. They also share a name, so the nicknames Jess and Jay are born here, and ultimately how they meet.

Age 10: A couple years of becoming steadfast friends with Jay started to shape her into a rough and tumble tomboy, but between the two of them, Jess is far more subtle and composed, with a bit of a leader presence. She's kind of the cool kid on campus.

Age 14: Moved away before the look you see here (at about 12-13), she's thrust into the NY lifestyle and learns really fast she needs to drop all of her southern quirks and poor temper if she wants to be cool and fit in. As she starts to streamline her look (Joins swimming instead of BBall, cuts off her hair and starts to flat iron it ahah) she becomes more popular and promptly falls into the dating scene. Drama and wacky hi-jinks ensue.

Age 18: End result of four years of being a popular trendy heart-throb. Essentially dropped all of her rough-n-tumble nature to be a cool, calm lady-killer and never intends to go back.... or so she thinks.

Done in SAI, text in potatoshop 7~

In other news, Ty is visiting on Friday for Thanksgiving week. Oh boy, thankful doesn't even begin to cut it. /lays on side

Thank you for the comments, favorites, and watches! :love:
 

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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
HELP

I LOVE HER

RED ALERT
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHAHAHAHA OOPS I'M SORRY I THINK :giggle:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH SHE'S VERY FLATTERED PROBABLY
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Myrethy Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
OKAY GOOD

FLATTERY IS GOOD

YEP
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scarletsp33dster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Damn son
New lady crush
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWW YEAH SON CRUSH AWAY
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4234equinox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
This girl, while well drawn, is almost exactly like my friend. Only difference is my friend's name is Logan 'Sync' Malson, she's actually a he (and strait), has short black hair, and gets almost no girls cuz he's so shy. He even plays basketball, which makes this even more weird! I like this piece regardless mainly because of the styling and how good you made her look but that's still freaky. O_o
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DREAMLESSpoptarts Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
/ u \ 
i am sooo glad i stumbled upon your page , you are DEF my favorite artist. *hughug* > . <
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww omgosh thank you very much! I'm so flattered argh :tighthug: :heart:!
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DREAMLESSpoptarts Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
yes yes yes! <3
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IcEsCissORs Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it...had a beautiful story to it <3
I love the colors and her outfit when she's 18
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm so happy you think so! :love: :heart:
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IcEsCissORs Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome dear
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RockRevy231 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im telling you right now, if this was a yuri anime I would totally watch the crap out of it. And then demand more from you. Love the style hope to see more from ya :D
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm glad you like it! But demanding more probably wouldn't help me go any faster on it, just sayin'! ^^;
That being said, it's no "yuri anime" since both myself and this OC are american haha but it is going to become an online webcomic in the future about gay women in relationships that I'm writing with my partner! :nod:

Thank you! 
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RockRevy231 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sorry I didn't mean too sound like im pushing you. I just freaking love a story and plot to it, I was literally searching last night for it. I can't wait to read take your time, I get addicted to stories like this rather it homosexual, lesbian, or straight. It just captures me.

Anyway I hope to hear from both of ya, and see more from you guys soon! La la la la 
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AxelFuu Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Rytersol Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I like how you broke out of the typical age meme format by doing this picture! I'm a bit of a lurker when it comes to PT, but have to say how it's so clear how much your personal style developed and improved since Jay's first introduction in the "Meet ____" series back in 2011. Even though it probably sounds small, I appreciate you and Tyesha including so many forms of diversity to your cast in terms of body types, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and expression, and heck--ya'll's awesome fashion research skills!

It's artists like you and Tyesha that make me want to be more experiment more in drawing more of real life's endless varieties of people. Right now, I'm working on trying to make a comic that addresses a variety of visible/non-visible physical disabilities while still trying to present characters in a humanistic way that go beyond their body status. I can only hope I don't screw up while also smoothly intersecting other social categories like PT tends to do with its cast. .____.;

To be honest, PT helped me become more accepting of myself across a variety of ways. 

I particularly appreciate characters like Jess and Sam in particular, because they are biracial--an increasingly growing group that is rarely discussed among most discussions about race, if you ask me. Jess is particularly appealing to me because in some ways I see various parts of myself in her, the good and bad (judging by your descriptions).
Being quite the tomboy myself, who wants to enjoy the best of both worlds, it's great to see indie artists like you and Tyesha who offer a refreshing alternative from the mainstream. It's cool how you guys are totally nonjudgmental about many of the various ways that women can choose to express their gender. :) I think many people need to know that such diverse options do exist and that they're available if it is what best personally fits them. 

TL;DR: I RAMBLE TOO MUCH AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING PT AND INSPIRING MY OWN APPROACH TO ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES! <3 GOING BACK TO LURKING AS USUAL. YEP. *HIDES*
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MAN LOOK AT THIS HUGE THOUGHTFUL COMMENT. (ONES FROM LURKERS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST) OMG WHERE DO I START :happybounce:

I'm really giddy that you appreciated the different age-meme approach! I honestly didn't think about it that much until you pointed it out, but now I'm really happy I just did something on the fly.
I honestly get a little embarrassed about how much everything's changed since we introduced them... :blushes: It simultaneously feels like yesterday and a decade ago. We learn a lot about ourselves every time we draw these guys, it's a growing experience for both of us.
I can't even express how happy I am that this motivated you to try it yourself, and doubly proud that it's about physical disabilities, which I don't think we've covered enough ourselves! And when in doubt, read read read. Pull from experiences with real people you've known. Also anyone can exist as any combination of anything, so don't be shy. :')

We both lost our marbles (even Ty, you shoulda heard her reaction!!) about your biracial commentary. I sometimes feel bad about "half white" characters because from one lens that's just another way to pass them off as white while trying to fill a PoC quota- but then realized that too is a very valid experience that deserves to be talked about. And the fact they are rarely discussed among PoC makes that point even more important.

It makes me warm and fuzzy to hear those words "the various ways that women can choose to express their gender" :iconloveloveplz: DeviantART isn't the most self-aware community about that aspect so it's really just... Refreshing, haha.

PLEASE I ENCOURAGE MORE LONG THOUGHTFUL COMMENTS THEY'RE MY FAVORITE TO READ AND I'M SO FREAKIN' STOKED THAT IT COULD OPEN YOU UP TO THESE ISSUES AND GROW AS AN ARTIST LETS HUG IT OUT
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
she looks like a boy
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was a really pointless comment
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry, but she does
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lol what boy does she look like? Like, who specifically? Zayn Malik? Michael Cera? Seth Rogan? Hmm, but those guys all look so different.
And wait, wait...aren't there are a ton of different boys on the planet who all look wildly different? And a ton of different girls in the world who all look different?
Oh shit... that's right, there are 6 billion people on the planet.

Seriously I want to know who you think she looks like. Cause I can think of several girls she looks like too. Like Azmarie Livingston, or Omahyra Mota, or Kelly Copen.
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
she looks lika a boy in general
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes, all those 3 billion "boys" in the world. She looks just like them. You're right.
You're a smart one
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Don't be sarcastic
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Don't be a close-minded shit with bad reading comprehension skills :shrug:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, she looks like herself.
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
sorry i don't know much about "her" 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So fucking what? You don't go up to a random person you just met in real life and tell them what YOU THINK they look like to their face without getting backlash or possibly socked in the jaw for it, so why do it here? Lucky for you this is the internet huh? Where I can only just type comments on how rude you are? Yeah.

Get lost, lmao.
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GhostlyMark Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How was he/she rude? I actually agree with this person that Jess looks like a guy. I can't see any physical features that show femininity. 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok. I will tell you. I could have just said "Yes, thank you Captain Obvious." and left it at that, yeah. Her masculinity is obviously on purpose, but if that's the only thing someone has to say about a character- or a REAL person- it's going to come off as rude. My friends and myself (and I am not even that masculine in comparison to them) have even had our identities interrogated simply by "not being girly enough." Even just a fucking "boyish haircut" gets us interrogated, ok?

"She looks like a boy/dude/man"
What else am I supposed to say in response? What are you implying? Do you want more traces of femininity? Do you want boobs so you're more comfortable? No? "I'm just saying..." ?? Then what is the point of this comment? To make masculine identifying/presenting women feel uncomfortable, apparently.

He then put "her" in quotations, which completely disrespects the character's identity and myself as if he doesn't believe me now.
Do you know how often this happens to REAL LIFE women who don't meet a man's expectations of femininity?
Do you know how often we get policed EVEN AFTER we've reconfirmed our genders... for a complete fucking stranger?
Who feels like we're fair game for harassment suddenly? "Are you manly because you're a lesbo? Do you wanna be a man? You just need a boyfriend, I could help you with that."

Probably not. So just take my word for it.
I have every right to be offended regardless if he was "just saying" because there's a bigger picture to this and even passive shit like that can become EXTREMELY dangerous.
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
sorry i just found the picture i didn't mean to insult anyone 
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miammi12 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is it you have fully captured the definition of my type. I'm not kidding, I'm straight and I am extremely attracted to herLovely Shoujo Emoji (Sho lovely) [V2] 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wahaha! She has that effect on people! :flirty:
Thank you!
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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UM EXCUSE ME JESS WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION TO GET SO FUCKING HOT

HMMM?

JESS???

Anyways, holy mother fuck I really love this you are inspiring me so much. I ought to do stuff like this for my babies. I LOVE HOW HER STYLE DEVELOPED AND BECAME MORE SOLID AS SHE GREW TOO.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHE GAVE HERSELF PERMISSION
SHE GOT A HOTNESS LISCENSE
SHE WENT TO SCHOOL FOR THIS


SHE COULD GIVE YOU SOME TIPS, CAIT... IF YOU'RE INTERESTED :eyes:

((YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO THIS AGE MEME FOR YOUR BABUS DUDE ITS A GREAT EXCERCISE))
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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I AM SO INTERESTED PLS AND THANK YOU

((I REALLY SHOULD THOUGH HOLY SHIT BEE THANK YOU))
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Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking that this was a boy...-cries hard- MY HEART!!!NO!x'D
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you shouldn't assume someone's gender then lol :yum:
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Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But she looked like one!!!-cries- X'D
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jess is androgynous, isn't she ? 
I'm not hating on your job well done here, I'm just a little confused. 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries :) She is androgynous, yes!
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It' s OK!  Confused still, but otherwise interested in what Picture This has to show!  :D
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Veeveelicious Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah...I meant to write something about this earlier but I didn't get around to it so here it is!!

I love this. Like, I really love this. Like comparing this design to the earlier ones of Jess I'd call this one more handsome while the others were attractive in a boy-ish sort of way, imo. I think it's because of her jawline really.

And I also have a question about her hair (I really hope this doesn't come off as rude or weird or something, it's just something I'm curious about). It seems to be pretty straight and I just wanted to know if she does anything to it or if it's just naturally like that.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noo don't even worry about "late" commenting or anything! Any time is a good time! :dance:

I do think part of it was my style improvement that helped carry her out of cute-boidom and into more outright mature/handsome.. but the fine tuning of her design really finished it off for me. Also no worries! It's a valid question. Her hair is normally pretty thick with a slight curl, but she starts to flat iron it like crazy in highschool. She's a touch whitewashed in that regard, but to each their own!
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG YES. I totally agree with this adjustment of her BG. I feel like Afro-Spanish fits her a LOT better than how she was previously. And she is GAWJUS! 

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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh doesn't it?! Why Ty admitted it crossed her mind, my jaw just DROPPED. I'm so happy!

THANK YOUUU :tighthug:
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome and I am JUST AS HAPPY ABOUT THIS. Didn't even know I wanted it but BOY DID I.
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galaxysharks Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SENPAI THIS ISN'T FAIR EVERY CHARACTER YOU DRAW NOWADAYS I AM ATTRACTED TO AND NOW JESS MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT

And that shaded upper lip asdfghjkl
I definitely need to try that look on one of my characters

PS I HOPE YOU'RE HAVING AN AMAZING TIME WITH NAF O SAW THE PHOTOS SHE POSTED AND I'VE BEEN GIDDY EVER SINCE.
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