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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
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on May 19th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)
I've spent some time looking at her face, and aside from my being amazed that you got away with such large amounts of light reflected on her eyeballs, there's something interesting about her emotional tone.

She's clearly seen more bad than good, but it's very hard for me to put a finger on the way she's relating to the world. She isn't despairing or hopeful or enduring. She isn't expecting things to be better, but she isn't hooked on expecting them to be bad.

This morning, her take on things seems to be slightly humorous, which isn't how she looked yesterday.

In other words, you've managed something which rewards the kind of attention I'd give to one of my own undefined emotional states, except that whatever her state is, it's not part of my usual range.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 19th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
Now here I think you're giving me way too much credit. My craft level is such that I'm happy when faces look basically human & the eyes are on the same level, and extra bonus if the light is all coming from more or less the same direction.
I *was* going for "tough with understated humor" but beyond that all subtlety is accidental :)