sqbr: pretty purple pi (I like pi!)
Monday, August 14th, 2017 01:34 am
I feel weird making a post about this as a super pale white person, but I keep seeing other artists draw dark characters really badly in the sort of flat colouring used in animation and comics etc, and don't know of any better guides. So here's what I've figured out. If people know of better techniques or guides, or if I've inadvertently said something wrong or offensive, please let me know.
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Sunday, July 10th, 2016 10:58 pm
The Sad Anime Wheelchair Girl (who may not actually be a girl, or in an anime, but that's where I've seen it most) is in a manual wheelchair with handlebars of the sort used in hospitals. She is either a paraplegic or just "sick". Her personality is quiet, passive, and emotionally sensitive. She is quietly melancholy about her disability but tries to keep her spirits up.

She's got complete control over her arms so definitely isn't quadraplegic etc. She has no cognitive issues. She is slow and weak and sickly even when there isn't anything wrong with her canonically asides from paraplegia. She never has a power wheelchair but uses other people to push her around long distances or even by default. Her situation is not shown as changing or improving no matter how long she is in the chair.

This is not how things work! Paraplegics are, in general, just as energetic as able bodied people. They have elegant streamlined wheelchairs that look very different to the sorts used in hospitals, and incredibly strong arms. And those wheelchair users who can't push themselves around very energetically or at all are much more likely to use a power wheelchair than get someone else to push them around. The only long term manual wheechair users I've seen rely entirely on other people were those too cognitively impaired to control a power chair. There may be other circumstances I'm not aware of but it certainly isn't the default, and I have seen manual wheelchair users complain about all of this.
Pondering how to draw fanart of such characters )
sqbr: Well meaning white girls against racism over Tracy from Hairspray (racism)
Monday, June 3rd, 2013 03:05 pm
So! A few years ago I realised that not only did I pretty much only draw white people, but that I wasn't sure how to draw anything else. There is a long history of dark skinned people being made to look pale and POC being made to look white in order for them to be more palatable to pale white audiences. So there are ethical as well as artistic reasons to try not to screw this stuff up. I made a post poking at the problem, what have I learned since then?
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Friday, March 30th, 2012 11:47 am
Normally I'd be loathe to be all "LOOK AT MY AWESOMENESS" but it is SO HARD to find not-totally-creepy fanworks about disabled characters that I decided this would be worth doing. Here's some recs to other people's fanworks.

All art has a description, and all comics have transcripts (if I've missed any let me know), and all art is safe for work (not all the fic is, but it's labelled). All characters mentioned are canonically disabled, and I've only included works where the disability feels at least vaguely relevant.

Pride and Prejudice, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Mass Effect, Homestuck, Misc )
sqbr: WV stands proudly as mayor (homestuck)
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 11:56 am
Inspired by this conversation on tumblr about rule 63 Eridan/Feferi, and others I've seen: here's a selection of the first few interactions between Feferi and Eridan with their genders swapped in a really slapdash way. There's an version of the chat without all the text quirks at the bottom of the page.

No thoughts as yet, just wanted to see what it looked like. The text required very little changing!
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sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Thursday, May 12th, 2011 09:53 am
So, the politics of fanworks panel at Swancon got me thinking. I left a comment on cupidsbow's post on the subject with some further thoughts, and one of the things I noticed while writing that comment is that despite most of my fanworks being fanart I was having real trouble thinking of transformative fanart with an overt political message that weren't race/gender/etc swaps. (Not that's anything wrong with such swaps, but surely there had to be more variety I was missing)
And then I thought about it some moreā€¦ )
sqbr: pretty purple pi (I like pi!)
Thursday, June 17th, 2010 08:47 am
So, for anyone who reads fanfic but is unaware of the imbroglio, there has been a lot of discussion around an amazingly racist Supernatural RPF Big Bang fanfic using the Haiti earthquake as backdrop for pretty white boy sexing.

That link has lots to look at, note the ones with asterixes in particular.

But two that I think make a nice pair of points:
This Is Not JUST about Writing Characters of Colour about how it's only the VERY racist fanfic that gets this level of criticism so people should stop whining that "writing non-white/POC characters is SCARY because people will yell at me"

Itys (oh the hue and cry) This is about the silencing of POC/non-white people, which isn't my struggle to ramble about, so it informs the rest of this post more obliquely. Still, definitely worth reading.

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sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:11 pm
I've been thinking about how Dragon Age ties into archetypes and stereotypes and gender and STUFF and it all mooshed together in my brain to create a series of pictures and some meta. This is very rambly, I've been thinking about this for a while but I haven't had much chance to talk about it so have lots of miscellaneous tangents to untangle. For a more abstract take see Fanart meta: genderswap, crossdressing, and trans-ness.
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sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:03 pm
Note from 2017: I wrote this when I identified as a cis woman, I have now realised I'm genderfluid. I still agree with the basic gist of the post (and now realise avoiding issues of non binary gender was partly a matter of avoiding a personally sensitive subject), though I've edited it a little here and there. But note that many other "cis" people have used genderswap etc as a way of exploring and ultimately coming to terms with a trans/nb identity. And as a genderfluid person in a world where 99% of fictional characters are cis and binary gendered, works involving cis people who change genders or crossdress are still the closest mainstream approximation to my personal experience. It is absolutely the case that genderbends can be transphobic and hurtful, but policing this stuff too narrowly hurts trans and non binary people too. That said, I realise my experience is not universal, and that trans women in particular deal with heavy issues I don't.

Also note that fannish meta in 2010 was all about fanfic and ignored fanart entirely. I've edited to use Rule 63 for "swapping cis men and cis women" since it avoids the implication that everyone is cis by default, I don't think I had encountered the term when I first wrote this post. It was a dark time.
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sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 07:41 pm
So, I've been feeling bad about not doing all the Fanart prompts: not skinny youngish white people but I think at this point it's time to admit defeat. Apologies to those whose prompts were left unfilled.

I have a New prompts post for me to practice interesting poses, if people are interested, and if you're quick and can make your old prompt fit I'm happy to give it a go (one of the issues with many of the ones left was I couldn't find any decent reference images and ran out of inspiration to do the extra work required to work without them)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 08:29 am
Since I've been doing my fanart prompts for a while, here's some somewhat undirected thinky thoughts.

I've encountered a lot of talk about writing The Other, trying to be inclusive and respectful when writing characters who are outside the "default" of white straight able-bodied male etc. I've pondered this with regards to my own (small amount of) writing, but about a year ago had the sudden realisation that it applied to my art too: When I tried drawing the original SGA team for a prompt I realised that my drawing style really didn't suit dark skin. And when I looked back at my art I realised I'd never drawn anyone very dark, and instead had lots and lots of skinny able-bodied youngish white people, both in my original characters and my fanart. Even the comics I drew about I and [personal profile] cameronm have us much skinnier than we really are.

So I've been trying to fix it. I made my mental default skin tone for original characters darker, and made an effort to draw more dark skinned characters in fanart. When I'd been doing that for a while I decided to branch out and asked for Fanart prompts: not skinny youngish white people.

And it's been a really interesting experience. I guess the two different aspects are the apolitical practical issues around drawing a different skin tone or body type etc, and the deeper issues relating to how we see such bodies and who we choose to draw.
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sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Thursday, December 10th, 2009 11:36 am
Note: something is up with DA today, I keep being redirected to a sex museum page (?!)

sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Friday, November 6th, 2009 03:54 pm
For anyone not subscribed to [syndicated profile] alias_sqbr_feed:

House: Young Foreman

SGA: Ronon in a suit

Main updates at my lj, but I'll post the odd roundup here when I've done a bunch.
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 04:25 pm

The last time I asked for fanart prompts I came to the horrible realisation that I had no idea how to shade dark skin and went on a quest to draw more dark skinned characters until I got better.

That worked out pretty well, but there's still lots of other holes in my repertoire (I can't get my own body shape right, for example). Beyond the fact this limits me as an Artist, it also contributes to the invisibility of those outside the "default". Fans of these sorts of characters are pretty neglected fanart-wise!

So, I'm looking for prompts for fanart featuring characters who are as many as possible of:

  • darker skinned
  • have non-stereotypically european features like epicanthal folds or an afro
  • overweight
  • under 16 or over 40 (ish)
  • visibly disabled or scarred etc.
  • Otherwise outside the physical norm for (fan)art in a realistic way (no centaurs :P(*))

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sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Monday, May 4th, 2009 09:02 am
So, a couple of days ago I made a genderswapped Ronon off Stargate, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] swirlygate. Today I did a genderswapped Teyla. You might note I haven't coloured it or anything: this is because, having finished it, I feel rather conflicted and weird about it. (I inked it without fiddling with the costume etc despite the obvious flaws for similar reasons. I realise he looks like a girl :/)
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sqbr: Alien city skyline (atlantis)
Friday, March 20th, 2009 08:25 am
Mafdet, Slayer of serpents, a silly little Stargate comic I made. Whether it's movie canon or SG1 canon depends on how you squint, both are somewhat contradicted by the vague attempt at historical accuracy so it's all a bit of a mish-mash :)

Somewhat inspired by [livejournal.com profile] velithya's story Momentary Paws about Tony Stark turning into a kitten :D

It really does feel like my likelyhood of being inspired to write about something is inversely proportional to how much I know about it. On the plus side, I'm pretty sure that after a afternoon or so of googling I know more about ancient and modern Egypt than your average Stargate writer...

I may get it beta-ed at some point (I certainly intend on waiting a bit then going back and fixing the dialogue and spelling etc), but right now I can't be bothered. I've decided I just need to write more rather than worrying too much about making everything perfect, if nothing else it's very cathartic getting down my personal canon/things I feel canon lacked (like giving the ancient Egyptians any agency..)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Friday, February 13th, 2009 09:52 am
Martha Jones has a day out (original) and edited version after people's suggestions (and a better reference pic).

This picture satisfies two of my recent artistic resolutions: first, the last lot of fanart really drove home to me the fact that my art and shading style really only suits drawing pale skinned people with pale hair and pale clothing, which is kind of limiting, so I need to practice more people with dark skin/clothing/hair(*).
Second, since I've gotten into this whole fanart/fanfic thing I should have fun illustrating my personal canon.

And something that bugged me about season 3 of Dr Who is that Martha never got to dress up! Rose and Donna did. And I bet Freema Agyeman would look great in a pretty period dress. EDIT: And indeed she does (from "Little Dorrit", which I haven't seen)

Unfortunately, I didn't entirely succeed on either front: my shading and art didn't quite meet the challenge, and the dress didn't come out as pretty as I would have liked. But there's no progress without practice!

(*)You'd think I'd have enough practice from drawing myself, hair wise, but I can never be bothered doing shading on my journal comics so its not so much of an issue.
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Monday, November 10th, 2008 11:56 am
Final fanart prompt: The time Gregor had the north tower demolished with a gravitic imploder lance for [livejournal.com profile] black_samvara

The passage from A Deeper Season (a great Gregor/Miles AU):

"...there's a gravitic imploder lance downstairs in the armory."
"Really?" Ivan said, diverted. "I've never seen it."
"Not the public armory."
"Has it ever been used?"
Gregor coughed. "Not for, uh, traditional combat." Ivan waited.
"I, uh, had them use it to demolish the old clock tower," Gregor admitted finally.
"Really? And you didn't let me come watch? How was it?"
"Most satisfying," Gregor said reminiscently.

And yes, I based the tower on the UWA clock tower, because why not :D I spent ages trying to get it to work as a more complete picture (with backgrounds, other figures etc) but it refused to come out, so I decided to stick with something simple.

The lance is a combination of things (including some very helpful suggestions from the fine folk at [livejournal.com profile] lmbujold), but mostly ended up being based on vehicle mounted lasers from this page.
The uniform is based on various historical and modern russian uniforms, especially http://community.livejournal.com/vintagephoto/3448919.html and http://www.daylife.com/photo/07Brg7uezX1Fs
And finally I took the Vorbarra crest from this page (the fanfic explicitly says the colours are silver and black)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Saturday, October 18th, 2008 07:37 pm
Talking with [livejournal.com profile] nico_wolfwood I was inspired to illustrate a scene from Pride and Predjudice using the same steampunk setting as this picture. Now I've gotten Darcy and Lizzie in the picture I feel more satisfied the prompt is complete.

Of course now I'm going to imagine Anne that way every time I read them book :) Drawing the first picture got me thinking bout her role in the book and what her future might hold, and while I was looking for reference pics I found proof that I'm not the only one :)

Airship from here, aren't they cool?