We often feel bad when we stand with tall people, but the world is wonderful even if you’re short.
If you see these illustrations by Barisa, you would come to believe that being short is good and better, sometimes.
Illustrator Brisa, who stands at a mighty 152 cm (nearly 5 feet), told Bored Panda one of her most favorite perk of being short is hearing her fiance’s heartbeat when she hugs him!
Brisa draws illustrations about her daily life with “the man of her life” Joan and their labrador Marly. She posted her very first comic to Instagram in September 2017, and now she has become well-known and also has over 285k followers.
Bored Panda took her interview to know what inspired the artist to come up with the Perks of Being Short comic series.
“I started with the series Short People Problems since I thought it would be fun to laugh a bit about the small daily struggles that short people have to face.They were super well-received, but in the comments, there were always people saying how they didn’t like being short, or how that made them feel less confident or feel that being short is a problem itself.
“Now in my late twenties, I’m totally fine with my height of 152 cm, it’s who I am, and I like it, but there was a time when that was not like that,” she said. “So I thought it could be great to make a parallel series, focused on the perks that being below average height have.”
“My intention with all that was to show that, being short is not bad or good, it just has its pros and cons, like any other stature. And I never could have thought of the great reception it had, a lot of people liked them, so why not keep going?”
We also asked about Brisa’s path as an artist. “I haven’t even thought of myself as an artist. I always liked drawing, but it wasn’t even a thing until I started Three Under the Rain.
I used to just doodle in all my high school and college notes.Then I started thinking about making small comic strips about our daily life, and after about a year of having it in mind, I just decided to start doing it and shared my drawings on Instagram since the very first day.
“I think that this was a key factor in me still doing this two years later. I received a lot of feedback and encouragement sharing them online and that’s what made me regular in drawing and motivated me to keep creating, and therefore what made me improve.”
She continued: “I’ve always liked art when I feel a bit overwhelmed by the Three Under the Rain posts, instead of taking a break from drawing, what I do is just draw other stuff, in a different style, and then I feel recharged to go back to the comic.”
“And most of all, every time somebody sends me a message telling me how much they relate to my posts, how my posts cheer them up, or how much they like sharing them with their loved ones… just knowing that I can make some people happier with my work, is what keeps me passionate about the comic.”
The illustrator of Three Under the Rain said, people who want to become artists should “just do it, start, don’t wait for the best time, because it doesn’t exist.”
“And then find what motivates you to keep learning and improving.”
She also gave a shoutout to all of her loyal fans: “I’d finally like to thank all my followers for their support and love, you guys are the ones who made this possible.”
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