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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 05:17 pm (UTC)
I should pick your brain sometime. What she's working on is not a difference engine In Fact, (though I have this amusing image of her with Ada Lovelace in the Lovelace & Babbage comic) but a communications system, and I need it to actually work an' stuff....

And yeah - practical tools, and arms that can use 'em, FTW. Since I *am* enough of an engineer's daughter that I instinctively cringe at gears wot make no sense, etc...
zwol on May 18th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a semaphore of some kind? Or an electric telegraph if you have electricity at all -- as I recall, that was one of the very first practical applications of electricity.

I like the mental image of her in the Lovelace & Babbage comic, too.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Let's talk XD
zwol on May 18th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm on gchat for the next several hours (need to go get lunch soon though) and also probably early-tomorrow-Pacific.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Let's try for tomorrow & otherwise I ping you sometime? It's not urgent what with teh METRiC TONS of research I need to do to start at allll and the story I still need to write before this one...
zwol on May 18th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ok! *departs lunchward*