This illustration explores perception of gender identity, particularly masculine identity, throughout a teenager’s maturation in high school. This piece references and comments on the ‘Billy Eliot Trope’ (aptly named after the film Billy Eliot) which explores storylines of male and female character who are expected to take part in and conform to ideologies and activities that are traditionally understood as male or female. Often these teens take interest in hobbies that are identified as the opposing gender identity, which influences a certain empowering perception of masculine identity (explored in this piece) in that masculinity does not have to be defined by its traditional connotations. This illustration explores such a concept in a diptych which visualizes the reality of what the teen character is expected to do next to the perception of what they identify with as a male.
Traditional Art, Illustration, Digital Art