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PT - Happy Birthday, Jess 2013 by Ai-Bee PT - Happy Birthday, Jess 2013 by Ai-Bee
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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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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 3 days ago  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 Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
she looks like a boy
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Ai-Bee Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was a really pointless comment
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QTcomics Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry, but she does
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Tyshea 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 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
she looks lika a boy in general
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Tyshea 6 days ago  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 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Don't be sarcastic
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Tyshea 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Don't be a close-minded shit with bad reading comprehension skills :shrug:
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