Interview with ReverseOthello a.k.a. Kyojingirls, a Talented SFW Collage Artist

ReverseOthello, a.k.a. Kyojingirls, is a talented artist who has modified numerous cityscape photographs to add beautiful giant-sized ladies into those urban settings. These images typically feature giantesses in large East Asian cities such as Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. The ladies are attired in revealing clothing such as swimwear or tight shorts and tiny tops, but never fully nude. Instead, ReverseOthello’s works most often portray bikini models the size of skyscrapers in suggestive posts that don’t become too explicit. Many of these altered photos also have short stories to provide more context. Fans can find ReverseOthello’s art at the General Sizefetish uploader and on Twitter.

#1) Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Hello! I’ve had a few different monikers on size sites over the years but I’ve settled into Reverseothello. Now I’m mostly just active on Twitter so that’s where you’ll find me! I grew up in the United States but after graduating from university I have lived in a few other countries doing various jobs. A few years ago I returned to the U.S. and now I’m pursuing graduate studies. In terms of sizey stuff, I’m mostly known for fooling around in Photoshop (when I started out I was using Adobe Fireworks! Does anyone even remember that anymore?) and, more recently, writing some very short stories to accompany some of the collages I make.

#2) How did you first become interested in size-fetish media?

It’s kind of hard to pinpoint an exact moment of realization, as some people are able to do. I remember, growing up, being fascinated by stuff like the music video for “Love is Strong” by the Rolling Stones and the made-for-TV remake of “Attack of the 50 ft. Woman” (well, the commercial for it anyway, we didn’t have HBO so I didn’t see the actual film), but I couldn’t really articulate why. Since I would only take note of that kind of thing when it showed up on television, I don’t think I had any inkling at the time that I was actually interested in the notion of giant people. In the late 90’s I saw a commercial on television with giant men and women walking around a city and, at that point finally being blessed with a personal computer and dial-up internet, I typed something like “giant people” into Altavista and gradually found bits and pieces of the then-nascent online size community.

Making my own size art came much later, and began in much the same way I imagine it does for most people making size content. I was pursuing the size forums of the day and had the thought that maybe I could try making some collages of my own. My earliest stuff was pretty rough, but, of course, you only get better by experimenting and practicing. I ended up making and posting a few dozen collages, got some feedback that was way too kind relative to the actual quality of the work (but thank you to all of the nice folk that gave me that early feedback!), and then just kind of shelved everything and stopped making collages. A few years after that I picked up collaging again as a way to relax and procrastinate other work in my free time. It also motivated me to finally make the switch from the aforementioned Fireworks software to Photoshop proper. I still treat collaging as a practicum in Photoshop and hope I will have the chance to put what I’ve learned to use someday in non-sizey photo work as well.

#3) What are a few of your favorite works from other creators?

There’s so much good stuff out there, it’s hard not to just gush on and on about it. I think it’s great that we’ve finally reached a point where a lot of different interests in size are being represented by various artists. My own tastes are rather vanilla so I’m rather easily pleased, but from what I’ve seen on Twitter, more and more people are creating stuff in line with their own interests, so it seems that underrepresentation of “niche” subgenres is becoming less of an issue. And if you’re still not able to find stuff that satisfies you, I would urge you to go forth and start making content to share, as there’s probably other people out there who are also looking for it.

I digress. I was heavily influenced by Venomm’s work (specifically the “Dream” and “Imagine” series); I think he was the earliest collager I was a bonafide fan of. Thematically I would say that a lot of my collages are similar to those image sets, that is, giant women in summer wear casually hanging out in and around cities. Those collages are already 20+ years old and I still revisit them once in a while; I think they hold up pretty well considering the era they were made in. He’s not active as a content creator anymore but e10 probably remains my favorite size artist; he was able to imbue his collages and stories with a sense of groundedness and realism that I aspire to in my own work. He also experimented a lot with medium, and projects like his “Giantess Survival Guide” and the Google Earth “giantess sightings” were novel and ahead of their time. My friend Giantessiscool has left the size community but her technical skill in collaging was unrivaled and her work is so artistic it belongs in an art gallery! You can still find a lot of it by Googling it, which I recommend. Chainorchid is another friend, and also inactive now, but I was very impressed by the creativeness in his collages; he explored a lot of fun scenarios and his giantesses were always very playful with their surroundings.

As for contemporary artists, I always enjoy seeing docop’s new work; not only are his collages top-tier but his video edits and 3D animations are also incredible! Mithridates also comes to mind, as he uses similar models in his collages as Docop (giant popstars and influencers); he also writes very interesting, thoughtful short stories to accompany his images. Kmann880 and AsseiGirls are two relatively new collagers worth watching, they both put out great stuff and I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. I also have to shout out my good friend LabbaArt (a.k.a. United Giants); I am constantly amazed by how professional his comics and art look! Clearly I could go on and on. I retweet a lot of other artists’ work on my Twitter, so please check there to see what I’ve been enjoying.

#4) How would you describe your art?

The prevailing theme in my collages has been the depiction of an alternate universe where giant women are a totally normal phenomenon. This is largely informed by my love of mainstream content like commercials and music videos where the normal-sized people below are indifferent to the presence of giants among them (for example, again, the “Love is Strong” music video or the “Tokyo Gigantic Girls” art project). For the most part, the giants are just going about their own lives in coexistence with the small world around them. I have recently started writing some short stories and news articles to expand on this idea; I try to consider how a particular girl would act if she were normal-sized, and then adapt that behavior to her giant-sized self without changing much. Therefore the women in my work are typically not malicious or violent, though they are sometimes unaware or indifferent to the consequences of their size, so there’s a lot of unintentional destruction of property and such. Another motif is the idea that giant women are aware of the minutiae of normal-sized life (such as enjoying air conditioning or taking the bus) but, because of their size, haven’t experienced it themselves, and that leads to curiosity and sometimes demonstrable ineptness.

#5) Any advice for other artists also wanting to create realistic size-themed collages?

I think there’s no better way to learn than just by doing it, without hesitation. I think some people get discouraged because their early stuff isn’t great, but that’s okay, because nobody’s is! But really, I think 90% of the work of collaging is just good source matching. You have to consider things like lighting, angle, and even the quality of the image (i.e., is there film noise in the image? Is there noticeable JPEG compression? Is it even slightly blurry?) and make sure the background and model match relatively closely in those aspects. You can “force” two disparate pictures together to a degree, but if they don’t match well, it will ruin the illusion of the collage. It’s also good to make use of all of the little adjustments Photoshop and other software can do to “tweak” your image, things like levels, exposure, vibrance, color balance…You can play around with those and see how they add to the realism of your collage. I’m also fond of “cheating” sometimes by using overcast scenes so I don’t have to worry about shadows as much. Making black-and-white pictures is another way to add some realism if the source pictures’ color schemes are noticeably dissimilar. Backgrounds taken from inside looking out of windows are also great if you have a model you want to use but it isn’t a full-body picture. I’m sure every collager has acquired their own set of tips and tricks like these over time, and a lot of them are open to sharing if you send them a message!

#6) What would you like to see happen in the size community during 2021? Or to put that another way, what are your hopes for the rest of this year?

We’re already past the half-year mark so I’m not confident making wildly ambitious predictions, but I always have my fingers crossed for new mainstream size content like commercials and music videos. Creators are always putting out new size content as well, and it’s great to log into Twitter and see people I follow posting new work. More and more people are starting to make their own sizey content, so my hope is to see newcomers try their hand at collaging, drawing, animating, or whatever other medium they want!

#7) Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to mention?

I’ve got some collaborations in the works that I’m really excited about! Hopefully they will be out soon for all to see. My news articles series has also gotten some good feedback and I’d like to return to that someday soon and write some more. Other than that, my “Unfinished Collages” folder has some 200 files in it at the moment. They’re not all good ideas but I’ll keep finishing the ones that grow on me and put them up online when time allows!

Thank you so much for this interview!

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