happy - o hi

ART: Harry Potter canon couples

Subject: Harry/Ginny
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: general
Media: photoshop
Notes: Commission I did last year for cwarbeck, who asked for a scene based on her fic, where Harry and GInny finally kiss. And the shock topples a squirrel. XD Check out her fic Advice for the Lovelorn Masses and enjoy!!

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Subject: Remus Tonks
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: general
Media: photoshop
Notes: Commission I did last year for severely_lupine, who sweetly wanted giftart for her pal fernwithy. SO SWEET! Based off of a scene in one of Fernwithy's Shifts-verse where Remus is reading from a cheesy romance book for Tonks' enjoyment. :D

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fandom - y.a.

ART: Marvel and DC Comics

Subject: Namor/Jim Hammond (the Human Torch)
Fandom: Marvel Comics
Rating: general, slash
Media: photoshop
Notes: Drawble request for ani_bester!

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Subject: my cousin as Wonder Woman!
Fandom: DC Comics
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: I drew this as a Christmas gift for my older cousin. She really would make an awesome Amazon princess!

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BoB - PEACHES

ART: Inception, Band of Brothers

Subject: Arthur and Ariadne
Fandom: Inception
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: I can't even remember if I posted this before, but ah well. It was like the first thing I drew after I saw Inception. Because I loved how Ariadne was like "UH. COBB IS LIKE COO COO-BANANAS"


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Subject: Winters, OC and Liebgott
Fandom: Band of Brothers
Rating: all ages
Media: ink and watercolour
Notes: The absolutely wonderful deliciouspear asked for this commission as a birthday present for her hubby - who is the middle character in the illo. Eeek! I was under pressure to make sure this was up to good standards and I'm happy to report that her hubby was satisfied. Hooray!


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meme - Common peace

Art: The Malfoys (Harry Potter)

Subject: Draco, Asteria and Scorpius Malfoy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: An extremely fun commission for the lovely brighidg! And shout-out to artbeta for their help. <3 (attention chess-lovers: I'm warning for artistic licence)


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NOTE: I have a ridic amount of backlog art from 2010 that I neglected to post, so over the next few days there's gonna be an art-jag on this comm. Stay tuned! And thanks for looking! *MWAH*
atla: sokka draws

ART: A:TLA and Naruto

Subject: Avatar meets Naruto
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender and Naruto
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: My entry to the fun that is yuletart! This was my giftart for inknose, I was so happy that she requested two fandoms that I've always loved the idea of a mashup. :D

Left to Right: Sasuke, Sokka, Katara, Sakura, Aang and Naruto

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It still has the yuletart signature, but lol whatever I'm always for pimping that comm. Speaking of:

OMG YOU GUYS GO CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING ART AT yuletart!!! HERE IS THE MASTERLIST FOR YOUR EASY PERUSAL BY FANDOM
fandom - watercolours

TUTORIAL: Drawing Characters of Colour

FYI #1: there is no quick fix when it comes to any character design/visualization This is not a how-to.

FYI #2: you must want to want to draw characters of colour. No obligation, no desultory "oh right, diversity quotient fill", no afterthought (unless that afterthought then takes time, of course! :D). This is not a reprimand that YOU MUST DRAW CHARACTERS OF COLOUR ALL THE TIME, I WILL BE MONITORING YOUR ART OUTPUT. You do what you want. If you want to draw characters of colour without feeling guilt-ridden or like this is a challenge or judgement on your art, then please read on.

FYI #3: The advice I give in this guideline (ie take the time to think about what you draw) really applies to everything. The reason I'm writing this out is because it's one thing to know general knowledge; it's a whole other task to know how to apply general knowledge to specific tasks.

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WHY IS THIS RELEVANT?
In terms of most fanart, there is a dearth of visualized characters of colour. I think the main exception to that is perhaps manga/anime fandoms (I say 'perhaps', given how many debates there are about the ethnicities of manga characters); but for me, it's still not enough.

Fanwriters have been batting this topic back and forth for a while now. When faced with a diverse cast of characters in a fandom, issues of character depth, character plot, character story and character interest are cited as reasons why it's sometimes difficult to write the character(s) of colour. And who can blame many fandomers for thinking this way? Many times the official writers of a movie/book/tv make the white characters more 'interesting' and therefore in fandom, more easy or compelling to write. Official writers do this on purpose, because the entertainment industry is convinced that people only want to watch white heroes and the stories of white people. They will make more money if they use lead white actors; and yes: financially-motivated discrimination is still discrimination. Anything with lead characters of colour is generally considered 'special interest', 'niche' or 'fluke success'. Or, you know cancelled. (But I digress, ahaha I distrust the entertainment industry so very much. Ahhh yes.)

So! When it comes to fanart, this reasoning can still apply. White characters are generally the main characters of large (or well-known) fandoms; therefore in fanart they get drawn more. They are considered more 'interesting', because the official writers of the canon tell and demonstrate to us that they are by giving them the complex character development, stories and plot. (RPF ties into this, but that's a social commentary I'd rather not get into here.) :D

So. Why is this important to drawing characters of colour? Read on!
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WORDS OF ADVICE
- Do not try to tell your friends how awesome it is that you're drawing characters of colour and actually, they should really start doing it for the sake of Peace on Earth or something like that. They won't like you, and they won't like drawing characters of colour.

- On that note: I am not saying all white characters are all forever evil and horrible and wrong. I refuse to convince you that this statement is what I believe.

- A fest/gift exchange is not the time or place to bravely!defy! the prevalence of white characters in fandom. You signed up to do a piece of art to the specification of your recipient, and it's best for all if you joyfully commit to that.

- Not interested in just doing art for yourself? Looking for places that give you opportunities to work on characters of colour? Dark Agenda has a myriad of fests you can participate in! If you know of other comms, let me know and I'll link back.

- Looking for a safe, artist's space to get more opinions, advice and general fanart beta services? Look no further than artbeta.

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QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
- Have any stories or experiences of your own to share? Drop 'em off here (anonymous comments allowed).

- Have questions? Ask away!

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NEXT TUTORIAL: USING PHOTO REFERENCES - the hows, whys and whats
meme - coat of arms

ART: Inception

Subject: Yusuf and Ariadne
Fandom: Inception
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: Made for the Eid_Ka_Chand Eid Al-Fitr Fanwork Challenge!!

cathybites suggested the prompt of Yusuf and Ariadne building sandcastles. \o/

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Subject: Yusuf
Fandom: Inception
Rating: all ages
Media: ink
Notes: Bonus art! Made for the Eid_Ka_Chand Fanwork Challenge!!

marina suggested the prompt of Yusuf celebrating Eid. I chose a scene of Yusuf getting ready.

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Eid Mubarak!
atla: sokka draws

ART: Some drawbles for no reason

Five drawbles! All drawbles are gen and worksafe:

Subject: Ron Weasley
Fandom: Harry Potter
Media: pen
Notes: Request by eloquent_toast for Ron eating a chocolate frog.

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Subject: Toph and Mai
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Media: pen
Notes: Request by handyhunter for (not so) dutiful daughters.

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Subject: Jet and Zuko
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Media: pen
Notes: Request by ali_wildgoose for Jet and Zuko doing PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.

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Subject: Ron and Hermione
Fandom: Harry Potter
Media: pen
Notes: Request by redheadsarehot for Ron and Hermione swimming.

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Subject: Hermione, Lavender and Parvati
Fandom: Harry Potter
Media: pen
Notes: Request by bookshop for a Gryffindor girls recasting where Hermione is Black, and Lavender is of Middle Eastern descent, and Parvati is awesome.

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Subject: John Watson (and Holmes)
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Media: pen
Notes: Request by bossymarmalade for desi!Watson.

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ST: Kirk/Apple

ART: Star Trek - TrekReverseBang challenge!

Subject: Star Trek (reboot): Kirk, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Bones and Spock
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: all ages
Media: photoshop
Notes: YAY for the trekreversebang where writers pick artists and create fic based off the art!

I was lucky enough to get picked by tassosss, who writes some of the more delightful and spot-on characterizations I've ever encountered in this fandom. Her amazing work of fiction is a joy to behold and makes me feel proud that my art could inspire such a great adventure.

READ THE FIC: The Weather Out There

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