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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
glaikeryglaikery on May 19th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
Stumbled upon this thanks to a link: This picture is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing it! I would love to read her story.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 19th, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
I just need to get well enough to write her story....
glaikeryglaikery on May 19th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Wish you the best!
Stephanie Burgis: fairy joystephanieburgis on May 19th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
I love this picture!!!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 20th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thankya :)
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 20th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
thankya dear <3 If I write it, you'll probably get pestered to read it XD
Angus-Michel: 01embryomystic on May 19th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Love it!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 20th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thankyou! :)
Le singe a...disparu!kayjkay on May 20th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I remember being a kid and hating (well... I still have issues with it) my very Indonesian nose. Glad to see a pic with a nice rounded nose XD Also, stumbled back on LJ to catch up with someone and wanted to say HI! Yer missed in California! Maybe if I travel over to Holland I'll have an excuse to travel to other parts of Europe and harass ya :)
Dichroicdichroic on May 20th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I think she needs goggles :-) Just because it's clear that she's not holding that wrench as a prop: she's going to *use* those tools. So goggles don't only scream "steampunk!" but would provide bonafide eye protection. On the other hand, they'd obscure the matter-of-fact expression on her face, which would be a shame. Perhaps they're in the pouch at her belt.

In fact, I think I covet that belt.

What she most reminds me of, though, is actually from Louisa May Alcott - An Old-Fashioned Girl. Sorry for the length, but I love this bit - from Polly's friend Becky's sculpture of her ideal woman:

"How beautiful it is!" cried Fanny, staring at it with increased respect.

"What does it mean to you?" asked Rebecca, turning to her with a sudden shine in her keen eyes.

"I don't know whether it is meant for a saint or a muse, a goddess or a fate; but to me it is only a beautiful woman, bigger, lovelier, and more imposing than any woman I ever saw," answered Fanny, slowly, trying to express the impression the statue made upon her.

Rebecca smiled brightly, and Bess looked round to nod approvingly, but Polly clapped her hands, and said, "Well done, Fan! I did n't think you'd get the idea so well, but you have, and I 'm proud of your insight. Now I'll tell you, for Becky will let me, since you have paid her the compliment of understanding her work. Some time ago we got into a famous talk about what women should be, and Becky said she'd show us her idea of the coming woman. There she is, as you say, bigger, lovelier, and more imposing than any we see nowadays; and at the same time, she is a true woman. See what a fine forehead, yet the mouth is both firm and tender, as if it could say strong, wise things, as well as teach children and kiss babies. We could n't decide what to put in the hands as the most appropriate symbol. What do you say?"

"Give her a sceptre: she would make a fine queen," answered Fanny.

"No, we have had enough of that; women have been called queens a long time, but the kingdom given them is n't worth ruling," answered Rebecca.

"I don't think it is nowadays," said Fanny, with a tired sort of sigh.

"Put a man's hand in hers to help her along, then," said Polly, whose happy fortune it had been to find friends and helpers in father and brothers.

"No; my woman is to stand alone, and help herself," said Rebecca, decidedly.

"She's to be strong-minded, is she?" and Fanny's lip curled a little as she uttered the misused words.

"Yes, strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied; that is why I made her larger than the miserable, pinched-up woman of our day. Strength and beauty must go together. Don't you think these broad shoulders can bear burdens without breaking down, these hands work well, these eyes see clearly, and these lips do something besides simper and gossip?"
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 20th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)

& yeah I'm sure she has some sort of eye protection, but it needs to not be goggles, or at least not according to any of the designs we've got at present. Too eurocentric. I have yet to design it though.

(no subject) - dichroic on May 20th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jules (writing when she gets work): and west o' the moonseajules on May 31st, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh, she is gorgeous. She makes me happy just looking at her.
Gaudy Salamandergaudysalamander on May 31st, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
I love this so much!
Claire Hummelshoomlah on June 27th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
This is so rad! Really impressed with the thought you're putting into it, and it's so exciting to see steampunk characters that aren't blindly conforming to the genre's aesthetic tropes. Very inspiring. :)