Thanks for all the feedback. I was more confused than discouraged, and the more I think about it, the more I think the poor showing may just be a result of the unusual subject - not just pertaining to my typical art style, but also in general. Fantasy is a niche sort of subject, and art nouveau is a niche style, but both are so well explored and have so many cliche's, that when I create either I want it to be something unique. Thus, yes, she is intentionally both an elf, and overweight. I think perhaps that combination is a bit too out there for typical perception of what the subject should
be. For my part, I don't associate beauty in relation to weight unless the weight is so extreme as to be emaciated or morbidly obese.
I did create this for my own enjoyment, and for experimentation with new ground (I've been playing with polypropylene paper, which didn't take the inks I had on hand at all, so I finished this on traditional paper). I'm not even going to attempt to sell it because it is so unusual for me in both style and subject. The forum where I am showing it online is purely social, but I have a decent following there. To explain why I was a bit shaken, my works average 1 fave / 10 views, with the more popular pieces seeing as much as 1/5 and the less popular as low as 1/20. This one is showing at about 1/50.
Michelle, I am truly flattered. Aubrey Beardsley's work is beautiful and intricate.