Celebrating almost two decades as a Graphic Designer/Published Illustrator, Jean Nerestant Jr (Jness) got his start as a graphic artist in 1994, Still working as a graphic designer by day/ Jness devotes time to his hip hop Culture, comic book art and Plus size/BBW Art.


A True Friendship Twist

with Jness



The illustration featured in this article is entitled TWISTED; it was an illustration challenge piece. It was created using alcohol based markers, color pencils, and ink.  It started with one plus size woman gazing out her window at a tornado. As I continued to work on the sketch I added a few of her big beautiful friends. This led me to thinking about how tumultuous friendships can be.

I donít pretend to be a relationship specialist by any stretch of the imagination, but I have been best friends with a guy who has been my friend since first grade. We are approaching 5 decades of friendship. I have been married for 22 years. Neither of these relationships are easy or perfect, but it does make my words on relationships notable at best.

Connecting yourself with the wrong friends can really prove to be a toxic experience. There is a great deal of time and trust invested into a friendship. Your friends are people you equate yourself to. You identify who you are by how you fit in your social circles. Friendship often happens via circumstance, not in all cases but friendship usually finds us instead of us seeking it out. When you do get a chance to choose them, choose wisely. Every now and then evaluate the ones you have. Donít keep people in your life who want you around to make them look good. If they are bringing you down get rid of them. If they are building you up, keep them.