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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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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.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
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!


They should of course, be much dirtier. Hands and tools. and sari. But maybe it's the start of her workday? Yeah I'm goin with that. And she's all cleaned up to impress the chick she works with, though that is a story I'm going to have to write...
Calyx of the Heavensheavenscalyx on May 18th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
And she's all cleaned up to impress the chick she works with, though that is a story I'm going to have to write...

And I will read it when it comes out!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
aw, thank you :)
Though writing the stories and selling 'em are two very different things...