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Rachel Terwilliger
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a fantasy/comic artist/illustrator currently working freelance out of central New York state. When I'm not drawing, I tend to watch a lot of sci-fi/fantasy-related shows and movies, listen to folk music, and read lots of comics, among other geeky things.

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Cute Art is Important

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2015, 2:02 PM
While I was in art school, "cute" was like a derogatory word - a kiss of death. If someone called your piece cute, forget it. It was automatically "unsuccessful," you were not taken seriously, etc. Of course, everybody had individual opinions on this, but it was generally accepted that you wanted to stay away from cute things, cute style, in order to be a "proper" artist.

I did graduate and everything, but I didn't quite succeed at getting cute out of the picture. Or rather, out of MY pictures.

And now, many many many years later, and many life experiences later, I am realizing something.

Life is often very dark. Things happen to us that are beyond our control and sometimes wound beyond measure.

Some days, this wounded woman wakes up and can't handle it. Or even if I wake up okay, a stray, aggressive word from a friend or stranger can set off a dark memory that tumbles me right back into pain and terror I wish I had never known. And on those days, in those moments, I NEED CUTE. I need to believe in a vision of life that is SAFE, that doesn't touch that darkness at all, that gives me a space in my head and my heart that I can just breathe in. Where I can imagine that no one will ever hurt me again, until the pain passes and once again I can look at reality, with the light and dark both.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I think its important to realize that this sweetness and innocence has a place. A healing one. And a very valid one, at that.

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: Tori Amos
  • Reading: Promethea
  • Watching: MLP:FiM season 2
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Ham sammich
  • Drinking: Water

Shout out to everyone on here who does lighthearted, cute, innocent art and stories. Some days you save my life :heart: 

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AnitaBurnevik Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
I love your characters they are truly whimsical and you look and sound like a person who would be a great pleasure to meet and be around. Thanks for the fave on my alter plate. 
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much! I'm very flattered and glad you think so :aww: And no problem, again, beautiful work :)
Indigo81 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I like your style.

Do you take commissions?
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! And yes, I do, but I take a very long time to complete them, at least several months to a year. If that's okay with you, please note me for more info :)
Indigo81 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Consider it done.
Shiva-Diavilla Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav::hug:
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
spider123357 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Writer
Your style is... Omg! 
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, thanks so much! :aww:
urban-faery Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
your style is gorgeous. the colouring and lines are just fantastic!
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