Anonymous asked: what's extreme is people like you not realizing that sometimes diversity can go too far. When characters are made black or disabled or gay for no reason it hurts the story and it hurts the cause of the people who are supposedly being represented.
I like how you sent me an ask claiming that no one says a thing except people rhetorically making fun of the position that no one actually holds, and then you send me an ask clarifying that you hold exactly the same position.
I’m kind tempted to just not address anything else you said and just marvel in the perfection of that.
What’s the reason for making a character white? What’s the reason for making a character straight? What’s the reason for making a character abled or neurotypical or cis?
When you assume that making a character Other relative to yourself weakens the narrative, you’re revealing a terrible thing about yourself: that you can’t imagine that those people have backstories and inner lives the way that you do.
Every single person in a fictional narrative is ultimately there because a writer decided they needed to be there, but when the person looks like you and matches your expectations, you accept that this person who was made up for the plot had a life full of events that led them to the point where they’re appearing on the screen or page.
But when your expectations aren’t met, you start saying it’s forced. You can’t accept that events led them here because you don’t grant them the kind of life that you know you have. Your empathy does not extend to them.
Look at how many white people think they can relate to a little girl in an industrial orphanage who falls in with a capitalist robber baron during the Great Depression more than they can relate to a little girl in the foster system in modern New York who falls in with a career politician, all because of a difference of race. The original Annie’s situation and world were only slightly less alien to us than the Victorian period, but making her white somehow makes her relatable in a way that a little girl who clearly exists in our world isn’t.
The fact is, empathy is linked to imagination and we can (and do!) relate to people who are literally alien beings in literally alien worlds. The choice not to relate to Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie—or a Black or gay or female or trans video game character—is a choice to shut off both imagination and empathy.
The failing is not with the narrative, it’s with you.
I can’t believe that people are still making characters white For NO Reason
6:39 pm |
March 28 2014
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“I believe it is the responsibility of the anti-racist to eat Oreos and black and white cookies as often as possible, while maintaining direct eye contact with the enemy.”
— darrylayo (via teaberryblue)
2:10 pm |
March 23 2014
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||I'm kind of like a WB show.
||You have superpowers, you fight crime, you appeal to teens with your snappy dialogue...
6:08 pm |
March 21 2014
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mom-dontlookatmyblog asked: Do you recommend starting off with a tablet then moving to a cintiq vs starting off with a cintiq
It depends on your goals! If you’re super committed to art as a career, and you can afford it, there’s absolutely no reason to master a regular ol’ tablet before moving onto the cintiq.
I got my first tablet before cintiqs existed— and used my intuos 1 for ten years! It served me very well and definitely prepared me to use the cintiq, but nowadays I never use a tablet. I use a cintiq both at work and at home.
However, if you can’t afford a cintiq and don’t think you will be able to any time soon, the tablet is a wonderful tool that I highly recommend, especially to beginners who aren’t sure if they’re in it for the long haul yet. If you can, go for the medium intuos or larger. (I find the smaller ones too frustrating and could never get used to them when I tried them in school computer labs later).
As a side note: I don’t know if this happens with everyone, but something about the way I held my intuos tended to give me wrist pain sometimes. I have no such problems with a cintiq, despite using one at least 10+ hours every day. It is a little harder on the eyes, though.
12:39 pm |
March 21 2014
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i don’t draw as much as i used to but this week has been better :)
12:14 pm |
March 19 2014
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If you’re tabling at a con as a Li’l Rookie, get ready to experience these 12 Stages of Feels exactly like this.
Heya folks. I don’t reblog often, but I’m rebloggin’ this.
That’s because I’ve had this day, multiple times. This was me. And if you’re planning on taking a shot at the whole cartoonist thing, this will inevitably, horribly, unavoidably be you.
Cartooning careers are forged in the crucible of obscurity. This period, the one where no one cares and you go home discouraged, is when most aspiring creators quit. It’s just too much.
But if you can live through a few years of Saturdays spent being passed over for meme t-shirts and fanart prints, if you keep producing and keep going to shows and keep sharing work, you can reach escape velocity. You can find an audience that wants to support you.
Talk yourself out of giving up. Give your work a chance. Your fans just haven’t found you, yet. ( o_o)-b
11:07 am |
March 19 2014
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