Animator and character developer, Brett Bean’s art strikes me as very geometrical. The shapes that constitute the subject are still clearly identifiable. Some of the art is very angular, but you have a tough time finding angles in a fat body.
For some reason, there are not a lot of examples of fat people in Bean’s art; but when you look at his sketches they are almost always included. Perhaps he simply has not been involved with projects with fat people so they mostly populate his sketches.
After asking to be a drummer to his mother at an early age, Brett Bean was handed a piece of paper and a pencil because it was, “much more quiet.” Unbeknownst to his mother and her simple gesture of headache reduction methodology, she spurred on a career of a full-fledged character design and visual development artist.
With a passion for travel, caffeine, volleyball, Tom Waits, and speaking in the a 3rd person vernacular, Brett currently free-lances, teaches, and lives with his wife Julie, a brilliant jewelry designer, in Pasadena, CA.
I enjoy the whimsy in Bean’s fat characters. They are not always happy, but they are always expressive and fun.
Fat Art – Brett Bean
Animator and character designer Bobby Pontillas’ styles vary quite a bit, so I can’t say his work is readily identifiable to me like some artists’ work is.
Most of his subjects are not fat, but he has a good eye for the fat body when he draws a fat character.
In my mind, appeal is totally subjective. There are no rules. Simply stated, it’s what you like looking at. Which could be for a myriad of different reasons. Talking to different artists, they all find different things appealing. It’s all over the map. The most you can do, working in this industry, is find out what the majority of your audience finds entertaining. It doesn’t have to be status-quo or predictable, people like to be pleasantly surprised. Things that are visually interesting, something that they can relate to, characters they can empathize with, are all examples of why audiences are attracted to certain things. We’re all artists and want to express ourselves, but as story tellers it’s important to keep the audience in mind.
While he has some fat female subjects, it seems most of his fat art is of men, something you don’t see a lot of in fat art.
I enjoy Pontillas’ art, not just because he is portraying fat people in a positive way, but because each character’s personality shines through and makes you want to know more.
The art of character developer, animator, and artist, Bobby Chiu, doesn’t contain a lot of fat people. However, he does create a lot of fat animals and creatures, and his fat people are much like his other fat creations. I have limited my fat art Pinterest boards to paintings of humans and humanoids. Just my choice – I’m choosing fat art that more directly affects the views we have about fat people.
Bobby’s art career started at the age of two with a box of crayons and his family’s white living room walls. He got his first professional art job at the age of seventeen, designing Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars toys. Bobby has since won a number of awards for his independent work and is featured perennially in various juried art annuals and magazines. He presently works in concept and character design, teaches digital painting online at Schoolism.com, publishes art books, and works on other top secret projects that we’re not allowed to talk about.
Chiu’s fat people tend to be short and round. Mostly they are cute, but sometimes they have more than a touch of horror about them.
I wish there were more examples of Chiu’s fat art; because what there is out there is so f*cking imaginative.
Fat Art – Bobby Chiu