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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
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.