There are many artists who want to make a difference in the world. Some may focus on social issues and others may focus on creating beauty. They have different objectives according to their skill level and personalities.
Carol Rossetti is 30 years old artist, she is from Brazil who has been drawing illustrations about strong women and the issues they are facing. She has been doing this for over four years.
“I started drawing when I was a very young child,” Carol told Bored Panda. “But, then again, I guess all kids like to draw. I did develop other artistic interests as I grew up, like acting and sculpting, but they really didn’t work that much, so I kept on drawing.”
“I started working with an illustration a couple of years after college. I created a page on Facebook to post a drawing every day, as a way for me to build up a portfolio and get better at drawing. Only my mom and a few friends followed my page back then, of course… But then came the Women project.”
Unbelievably, this project went viral, “Through the Women project, I wanted to start a dialogue about feminism with people from outside of the activist movements. The messages in those illustrations are clear, easy to read and somehow comforting – but also very fast and very short. It’s not aimed at people who are already familiar with the concepts of body positivity, freedom of choice, LGBTQI pride, intersectionality, social equality, and human rights. I mean, these people are always welcome to feel comforted and represented as well. But I wanted to start talking about feminism with my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, the women in my life who were scared of the word “feminism”. So it’s more like a call for a debate, an invitation to talk about how sexism affects our lives every day.”
“The first characters were based on people I knew (or, at least, the stories, cause the character design were mostly fictional), but soon women from all over the world started sending me their stories and experiences, so the project got wider and more interesting.”
When it’s come to her drawing Carol said: “I believe the best part is to learn so much and know that my work has touched some people so deeply. I never imagine it would happen.” And what’s the worst? “The worst part… well, I wouldn’t call it “worst” since there’s only one bad side to all of it. When we talk about feminism and human rights in general, you can bet you’ll also get angry, an aggressive backlash from conservatives. It’s something we learn how to deal with, but I can’t say it doesn’t hurt. It does. Luckily, the love I got has always been greater than hate.”