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18 May 2012 @ 04:51 pm
south Indian steampunk Engineer piccy  
I am very splat & having thermoregulation issues a-gain, so will be flaky on replying to anything, but rose_lemberg said to post this so here it is XD

drawing of a young, fat, dark-skinned, rather badass South Indian woman wearing a 9-yard sari with a utility belt and holding an adjustable wrench

This picture came about cause I was tired of multiple aspects of visual representation of South Asian characters.
1) They all seem to be skinny
2) They're mostly pale & with generic(Euro) features
3) They all seem to wear sad excuses for saris that are basically Victorian underwear plus a bit of gauze
4) Steampunking them up seems to often involve adding leather while keeping markers that say these are period brahmins wtf

So I drew someone who could be my period cousin :)

She should get a story once I'm doing better. I know some of it, but need to do research.
Also her sari is anachronistic & will have to be made more period once I have done said research.
 
 
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karen meisner: tomtebloss_stranger_here on May 18th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Love her expression, her beautiful face, her solid stance, the little glimpse of (non-skinny) waist, and those fantastic mouthy pliers!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D I set out to make her Not Dainty and I think I win at that...
I think the wrench might be Chinese in origin (though Indian in make) because all the best inventions come from China. But I'm not sure - in a world where India has mechanicals maybe they ought to have come up with it... though I think perhaps they wouldn't need it & only the humans do.

Also, hiii! How's things for you these days? Are you well enough for wiscon?
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wirewalking on May 18th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love her. And I want to steal her fabulous biceps and graft them onto my arms. *nodnod*
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Me toooo on the muscles! Though she's earned them, I'm sure, doing... *handwaves* engineer things.
ex_triciasu on May 18th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I love her and her tools, too.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! :)
Brackettaliseadae on May 18th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's excellent! She looks awesome!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
:):)
I am extra-happy that she looks like she's actually putting weight on her legs, & not floating. Floating characters = a general failing of mine.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on May 18th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I really hate the generic(Euro) features on non-Euro characters. (I also hate it when people think that something is generic-Euro that is actually specific-Euro of a type they are not dealing with, but that's a different problem.) It really undermines the "we are all a beautiful rainbow" message when you say "we are all a beautiful rainbow that just happens to look like blue." I am myself blue! But it turns out that I am able to see shades of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple when I look, and do not go, "Wow, that is a funny way to print blue." Which it really seems like what a lot of art is doing when they're like, "I made a person of color! By putting color on a white person with paint! Yay!"

Anyway, enough negative about other people's stuff. I like your character's hands particularly. I like how the hands very clearly have seen relevant hands, both in terms of color and in terms of strength. And I like the toolses! Yay toolses!

Edited at 2012-05-18 04:21 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Which it really seems like what a lot of art is doing when they're like, "I made a person of color! By putting color on a white person with paint! Yay!"
Yeah srsly! It's very... "I want to get in my exotics, but nothing toooo exotics okay WHERE IS THE BLUE ALREADY"

& in general the othering/exoticism is why those other things I mentioned above make my teeth itch, too. I mean. It's not like I have anything against skinny characters, lighter-skinned Desis, or underwear, in and of themselves! It's only the out-of-place Euro features that are inherently a bad thing. The rest is problematic because it's part of some... western-gaze pinup imagery.
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zwol on May 18th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I like this a lot.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Squee! :D
Could you see her poking at a difference engine?
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nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on May 18th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
I like her attitude and solidity tremendously. She looks like she's seen a lot, and she's still paying very focused attention.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! :)
The direct inspiration for the drawing is pretty much her attitude, so I'm extra-glad it comes through!
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Erik Amundsencucumberseed on May 18th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
She is amazing.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thankya :)
...Now to write her story...
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Mary Dell: badassmarydell on May 18th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
She is awesome and so are you.

Edited at 2012-05-18 04:47 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
<3
Allison Lonsdalecaprine on May 18th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
How lovely! And I like your pointing out the brahmin/leather thing, which had not previously occurred to me but is now painfully obvious.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
I whined about that one a few months ago when the impetus-drawing went by, but whining doesn't really do much without a usable alternative. And the belt (ok not as a utility belt) is even traditional! cf:


(painting by Rao Bahadur M V Dhurandhar)
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(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sovay: Sovay: David Owensovay on May 18th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
So I drew someone who could be my period cousin

I want the story about her now.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have some of it.
But it's going to be a hard one to write without failsploding because caste power dynamics WILL be in play. Cause see, the girl she falls for is of a lower caste, and Our Heroine is most certainly going to screw things up.
Naominaomikritzer on May 18th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
OMG, not only do I want her to have a story, I would be in favor of an entire anthology of stories with the theme, "This right here is the cover illustration."
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
:D:D
Calyx of the Heavensheavenscalyx on May 18th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
She's GORGEOUS.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thankyou :)
snakey on May 18th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Is it weird that I love her feet? They look so strong and solid and planted on the earth.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
*big grin* Feet are hard so I based hers on mine (only mine are bony). But she's got mah big feet and big toes, glad you like them XD
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
XD