Rebecca Belmore (Anishnaabe)
Rebecca Belmore often uses the body to address violence against First Nations people, especially women. The woman in Fringe assumes the same reclining pose as the beautiful odalisques depicted by nineteenth- and twentieth-century European artists, but bears an ugly slash from shoulder to hip. The thin rivulets of blood that run from the gash are composed of small red beads, a detail that evokes both Belmore’s Anishinabe heritage and the trauma inflicted on indigenous peoples. Despite the graveness of the woman’s injury, Belmore’s Fringe is also about healing. The wound is not fatal; she has the strength to recover. But the scar will never disappear.
[Image description: an illustration of two brown-skinned girls of color, one light and one dark. The lighter-skinned girl has purple hair and cat ears and is smiling while blushing. The darker-skinned girl has darker purple hair and is also smiling and blushing.]
Saying that people of color cannot show any visible blushing is a big fat myth that only proves how little people actually know about skin tones.
I have seen a lot of skin-tone palettes that includes dark skin, but it is very rarely put in use as examples. And many times I’ve found them to only appear monochrome, while darker skin tones are just as rich in tone variation as fair skin.
And just to be extra nice, I even added the basic colors I used in these two examples. A big protip is to start with the darkest tone as a base and then work to light tones. Use the highlights sparingly, they should not be large but more like small spots. Dark skin is more “reflective”, meaning small highlights pop out more than on lighter skin tones.
I made this set mainly for all the anime artists out there who probably would love to color more poc characters but don’t really know if it’d work out as kawaii as their usual stuff.
News flash: it’s drop-dead super kawaii in all skin tones<3
Here is the video for my special studies presentation/one-person show, FRESH OFF THE BANANA BOAT. It is about coming into myself as a queer Asian American person in white liberal spaces.
I am incredibly honored and humbled at the positive response this performance has received. To me, the most important work this show has done has been to bring together Asian American and hapa students who have never before been encouraged to build community together. In particular, I have been grateful to connect with other mixed Japanese kids because of this show.
This show is about (one part of) my identity and my experience, but I am trying to make a statement about the importance of everybody investigating and sharing their own stories. I believe it is largely through sharing stories and being open to the stories of others that we can learn not to oppress each other.
[Image description: an illustration of a Black, freckled Chibiusa. Her hair is purple and up in fluffy pigtails.]
another mini-moon ;)
still in the process of finalizing her palette.
children are hard to draw :x
[Image description: an illustration of a blond Asian girl thinking about a cat. Standing next to her is a white man who yells “Konnichiwa” at her. She looks angrily at him, sighs, and says, “No. Thanks for playing. Not,” walking away as he is crushed by a large pile of sushi. The piece is called “Death by Sushi,” by angrygirlcomics.]
I was complaining to friends about some asshole in the street who had yelled “KONNICHIWA” after me and one goes, “I hope he gets crushed by a ton of sushi”
Finally done! One of my last projects for my senior portfolio, I drew the top female emcees (at least from late 90s - today) as tarot queens.
GIVE M THIS DECK!!!!!
GIVE THAT TO ME
I need these tarot cards in my life!!!!
Wow, I’m so into this.
Flowering Structure Prints Moon Beom 2008/9 Oil stock and Acrylic on Canvas.
These are really dreamy prints with an enjoyable and challenging emptiness to them and by that I mean your eye is challenged and your mind can wander in a good way. Some look more floral to me whilst some look more like delightfully abstract landscapes. These are taken from the series called ’ Secret Gardens’ which was featured in the recent Saatchi exhibit ‘Korean Eye’.