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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.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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sajiasajia on May 18th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Finally, someone who looks like me (although I suck at mechanics).
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
<3 You and me both! It felt awfully liberating to draw her. Like: YES I AM ALLOWED TO DO THIS and YAY INDIAN WOMAN AS A PERSON WITH HER OWN AGENCY and such revolutionary thoughts. But I'm a little appalled that it took like THREE DIFFERENT horribly exoticised Indian-girl pics to make me realize I could actually do this thing myself.