Back in June 2019 Bonbibonkers considered quitting cosplay due to growing demand by fans for perfection (via comments or messages) stressing her out, snuffing the joy from the hobby she used to enjoy.
Criticism on how she's not posting often enough,
criticism on how she didn't cosplay something correctly,
criticism on how she danced wrong in this or that video,
and then stuff like:
TikTok removed your video because it had the word 'choke', while everyone else's video with the sound stayed up
All this can break a person.
At the time, I suggested to a certain artist that I wish there was fan art of Bonbi just plain old relaxing playing her Nintendo Switch, instead of fan art of her in cosplay.
I was thinking she probably feels that cosplay is her identity,
and I wondered if she felt people only liked her for that.
So I wanted an art piece to send the message (if that was the case) that,
"No, in or out of cosplay, people appreciate you,
and they want to see your mental health blossom!
So do what you need to take care of yourself,
and be kind to yourself!" And even if my hunch was wrong or June 2019 is long past, I feel those words still hold.
And while the artist was busy doing other work,
they didn't forget the piece,
and yesterday they sent me the finished version!
But they themselves refused to post the artwork and they wish to remain anonymous
because they said I sparked the idea. D;
So with that said, the art is wholly theirs!
I just ended up making a zoom & pan video with sound effects to spice it up (turn on sound!) Cheer up you wonderful person ^_^
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