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Toni Tails: Hi there Derrick. Thanks so much for sitting in my invisible and official interview chair. I love your work. When did you first feel the pull as an artist to depict the SSBBW form?

Derrick: In my comic art, I have been working to bring more BBW characters into the forefront for years before I ever decided to start my SSBBW "pin ups". A lot of it came from a lifetime of frustration at only ever seeing BBW's and SSBBW's portrayed in stories as the "fat best friend" or crass comic relief. So I've been driven to introduce as many bigger characters in my overall work in leading roles and I suppose it was a natural evolution for me to take the next step towards the more pin-up style pieces.

More often than not, my goal in those pieces is to portray the subjects with little difference than any other artist would depict a skinny woman in a similar situation. There's an emphasis on the beauty of the subjects that I think would work if well-done of women at any size that is rarely done with BBW's and SSBBW's.

Toni Tails: You travel quite a bit to different conventions, how is your SSBBW work received?

Derrick: At comic conventions, the reception is always decidedly mixed. The bbw heroine of my comic book, "The Wellkeeper" is almost always well received, but the SSBBW art is a different story.

Some folks respond very favorably, but view the pieces as comedic nonetheless. And I've gotten my fair share of tasteless fat jokes at the expense of them.

One of the more common reactions is people with blank stares asking me why I draw fat women. When I answer that I simply find BBW's and SSBBW's beautiful, the blank stares often just go somehow... blanker. As if my answer was in some alien lounge. And 9 times out of 10, the fact that I'm sitting right next to my beautiful SSBBW fiancé goes right over their heads. It's kind of sad.

Toni Tails: Do you have a favorite piece?

Derrick: Yeah. It's the SSBBW rock band piece, called "The Skinny B-----". I honestly love that one.

Toni Tails: Is there a particular theme that draws you more often than others?

Derrick: Aside from simply the SSBBW form itself, I think I'm drawn to draw my subjects in water. There's just something so natural and beautiful to me about how water plays off of the curves and forms. I never get tired of drawing that.

Toni Tails: What mediums do you use?

Derrick: Nothing too fancy. Just regular pen and ink 99% of the time.

Toni Tails: Is there a place we can purchase your work, and do you accept commissions?

Derrick: I do accept commissions, yes. And there's an art book called "Jubilicious Girls: The Big Beautiful art of Derrick Fish" available if you go to http://jubiliciousgirls.blogspot.com/

Toni Tails: Is there anything you hope to convey to the viewer through your artwork?

Derrick: I suppose the thing I most want to convey with my art is that beauty isn't dependent upon size.

Toni Tails: Anything else you'd like to tell us?

NDerrick: othing much more than I hope you continue to enjoy the art.

Toni Tails: Thanks so much!

Derrick: Thank YOU.

Submitted by: Toni Crane


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