Meet Frances Cannon, the Artist Whose Illustrations Are Showing Women How to Love Themselves
Colouring books are only for kids, or so they say. But not 23-year-old Frances Cannon.
This illustrator from Melbourne has created a colouring book for adults, with illustrations that celebrate all body types. Crediting her own journey towards self acceptance as inspiration for her art, Frances has managed to create a strong and massive fan base for her work. With over 32,000 followers on Instagram already, she is a name you need to keep on your must-watch list.
Her illustrations, which are mostly in black and white, are recreations of her own body, and let her confidence and personality shine through. It is to be noted, that while she draws women who sit with their backs turned and their shoulders hunched inward, typical of insecurity and fear, it is not a sign that her women are weak. It simply makes them more real, and relatable. Everyone has days, when they feel vulnerable, and it is through that fear that Cannon's women find their strength. “Self-love is a process,” she says, “It takes time and effort. Some days are harder than others, but with practice, patience and belief in yourself, it becomes easier and more natural to love who you are.”
Cannon is a fine arts student, and grew up in Thailand, where her parents still live. She took to art very young, an interest her parents were very happy to hone and finance. “I'm very thankful for that,” she says. Her interests change every day, and she calls her drawing “like writing in a diary.” She talks about how she started, saying, “I decided about two years ago to fully commit to loving and cherishing my body, and body-positive artwork was an important part of the process. I'm open to making art about other topics and themes, but for now body positivity and feminism is what I'm passionate about and inspired by.”
'MONSOON SEASON' ❤️ This Friday I am part of a group show called SHARK WEEK put together by @_tsuno_ at @enough.space gallery (located in Prahran) featuring many artists illustrations of euphemisms that allude to menstruation. Let's stop being so afraid to discuss this bodily function that is a natural part of so many of our lives. ❤️
Cannon's women rebel against traditional societal mores, but do so quietly, and yet powerfully. With simply being content and happy with their present state, their disinterest in any kind of beauty standards is a bigger fuck you to the standards than actively screaming at them.
Cannon is among the new wave of artists who use their work to actively fight against the body image standards and to inspire women to love their bodies. Artists like Polly Nor, photographers like Ashley Armitage, and even publishers like Valiant Comics with new series Faith, are spreading the message of body positivity, and how. These new artists aren't afraid to talk, write, or depict in any how real girls feel, look, and go through. So we'll leave you with Cannon's words, “Surround yourself with people who celebrate your body and each other’s bodies," she says. "Never put another woman down because of her body; loving other women’s bodies is an important step in loving your own!”
H/T: Dazed Digital