Tag: queer

  • Michael’s Very Special OC’s

    A throuple—a bisexual white man, a Nigerian genderfluid person, and a Chinese woman, dancing together and smiling at each other. They’re surrounded by love hearts and stars and musical notes. The man is dipping his genderfluid partner low so that the woman can kiss them. Michael Leunig? Get fucked, mate

    On 5 July 2021, Melbourne was having a little break between lockdowns and conservative nightmareman Michael Leunig released yet another deeply weird antivax cartoon in The Age. It had his usual racist, homophobic undertones, but also… what did it mean?

    Leunig's cartoony screed reads: "he was a white astra zeneca bisexual buddhist from melbourne who voted labor and followed the tigers. She was a Chinese pfizer heterosexual christian from sydney who voted liberal and followed the swans. They hooked up with a partly-vaccinated, gender-fluid Nigerian atheist from brisbane who hated football and voted for the nationals. The threesome fell in love and they all lived together happily ever after... for about three months. end of story." the concluding panel is of the three people dancing together. They look earnestly very happy.
    I would apologise for sharing this but I think we’re honestly still all very confused by it.

    Since it was winter, and the man is reprehensible, and lockdowns, etc, I was willing to indulge my worst impulses.

    my tweet reading "setting myself a deadline to do some fanart of this by the end of the day" replying to a tweet that reads "what does this mean" while showing the leunig comic.
    A tweet by me that reads, "It’s not hard to be a better person OR a better cartoonist than Michael Leunig ⭐️🎶🌙💖" over the illustration that I described at the top.

    It frustrates me deeply that Fairfax is still publishing him as though nobody else could do what he does. Our country is chockablock full of much funnier, much more talented, much less hateful and more generous cartoonists.

    Also, those other cartoonists’ sisters (content warning for childhood sex abuse in link) haven’t gone on the record about their childhood abuse. He is a reprehensible man. Let’s all get out there and draw better stuff than he does.

  • christmas 2016

    An illustration of my graphic novel characters, Henry (a trans man) Electra (a trans woman), and Cooper (a nonbinary person), in various stages of undress on the back verandah of a weatherboard house. It’s decorated for Christmas. Everyone is sweating, and Electra is holding a glass of water that’s dripping with condensation. Between you and me, I would describe the atmosphere as “lightly horny”
    christmas 2016: no aircon in the sharehouse (2021)

    Believe it or not, drawing sweaty trans people is the meaning of Christmas 🧑‍🎄

  • space fashion turnarounds (2022)

    Fashion turnarounds for the space rivals, and yep, the colour schemes ARE implying she stole their gun.

  • uh oh, captured again!

    A bright illustration with a vintage sci fi colour scheme. A sexy alien lady leans over an astronaut whose helmet is off. They’re is sitting on the ground, looking overwhelmed, and she is touching their neck. When I say sexy alien lady I did draw her in a very skimpy outfit and a full harness (complete with empty O ring for uhhh, attachments) and high heels. That’s feminism, baby!
    I think the captain is mind controlled (2022)

    I looked at a lot of pulp sci fi art and wanted to draw something with unrealistic space suits and sexy aliens!! So I have zero concept of who these characters are, just that they are arch rivals in space… and maybe that’s enough 😌💁🚀

  • community

    a group of queer people of multiple genders and representing different ethnicities, disabilities, and ages
    LGBTIQA+ demographics web banner for client (2021)

    Every now and then I get to sit down and draw as many kinds of people as I can at once. It’s my favourite kind of gig.

  • love, protect, and fight for your child self 🏳️‍⚧️ (2021)

    a trans woman holds a flag behind a ghostly figure of herself as a child
    love, protect, and fight for your child self 🏳️‍⚧️ (2021)

    I drew this when we were waiting for the federal Religious Discrimination Bill and the NSW Education Bill to be debated in 2021.

    I was tired and wondering where my community’s energy to fight comes from. Many trans people are haunted by our pre-transition selves—these closeted younger versions of us who needed love and protection desperately, but who nobody fought for. We survived, and we are fighting for them now.

    * I drew this for a one-off work event. If you have anything you want to use it for, drop me a line! I don’t think I should keep something like this just for myself.

  • designing a big gay sharehouse

    a dark sharehouse full of queer friends cooling off after a hot day. A trans woman at the entrance says, "welcome!"
    the sharehouse cutaway that made it into my graphic novel pitch.

    Like most millennials, I love staring at floor plans on real estate websites and imagining “”owning”” a “”home.”” I can finally excuse the psychic damage: it turns out this is a really useful trait for a cartoonist to have.

    The sharehouse is a recurring setting that represents authenticity and safety for my characters, so I need to know where everything is and where everything goes. This also helped me get a feel for all the housemates, who at this point existed as dot points only.

    a floor plan for a messy sharehouse, based off several real estate photos of actual houses for sale. Some of the houses have been knocked down and turned into shitty gentrified apartments! Boo!
    thank you to real estate websites, as well as to everyone who hasn’t renovated their bathroom

    My notes called for:

    Henry, Electra, Anira, Corey and Nassim live in the same sharehouse. Their ageing weatherboard house has a grungy, welcoming, down to earth vibe. The sharehouse is full of light and activity…sandwiched between a super fancy gentrified apartment block, where a house just like it was sold and knocked down, and a house owned by an old Italian couple with a bountiful garden.

    Henry's sharehouse exterior, with notes saying it's weatherboard, flaking, a bit wonky. Henry's room is very small and has second hand furniture.
    It’s more or less impossible to rent a place like this in Footscray now. Pour one out for the fallen 🥲

    The floorplan of the house shows that Henry is in the smallest room in what is technically a four bedroom house; he’s tucked away in the lowest rent room, a small once-storeroom at the back. The house overall hasn’t been redecorated or renovated at all since the 70s, and it’s full of mismatched second-hand furniture, fairy lights, milk crates as chairs, and pride flags. Almost all the furniture in this home was rescued out of hard rubbish on the side of the road.

    the sharehouse kitchen/lounge is based off a sharehouse I lived in once, which had a weird 70’s arch and a lounge room… window? situation?

    I really did love sharehousing, but wow… I think my biggest challenge as an artist is going to be representing a realistic mountain of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.