I’ve been putting Doctor Who on as I pack things this week but I keep getting distracted with FEELS.
WHY WAS I BORN WITH EMOTIONS
[Close up illustration of Walter White’s menacing face and the text: “What would Walter White do” “Because you should always do the opposite.”]
omg i was about to say ” WALTER WHITE WOULD BE EVIL”
Now I’m all caught up on Breaking Bad I understand.
Normally I loathe TV shows where all the characters are making bad choices and not talking about their feelings, but Breaking Bad appears to be the exception.
[Image: A photo of a Mighty Muggs figure painted as Steve? from Minecraft. He is holding a makeshift sign in one hand.]
Finally some pics of the custom Steve? Mighty Mugg I painted last year. I tried selling him at Matsuricon, but there were no takers. If anyone is interested in him, you can send me an email at email@example.com. Asking $50, plus a little for shipping to wherever you are.
He is hand painted with acrylics and sealed with a matte spray sealer. His head turns and his arms are poseable. Hands have slots for tiny tools.
I downloaded smells like teen spirit but this is what I got instead.
I find this completely acceptable.
OH MY GOD
Was not expecting that, huh.
oh god, did that just happen? xD
I don’t know what I expecting, but that was definitely not it.
I have several friends/acquaintances who are white and also cosplay! And there is nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, I’ve seen some popular cosplayers I admire put on “brownface” to cosplay characters like Korra, Katara, and other people of color. That is not ok. What seems like innocent dressup to you is a tradition rooted in racism which dehumanises real people of color. Skintone is not a costume.
There’s a cosplayer I used to follow who has been doing this a lot lately. I have sent them private messages explaining why that was hurtful to people of color in the past, when I saw them giving tips on “how to tan to look like Korra.” My messages to them were ignored. I have seen friends of mine who pose with them, condone it, and turn a blind eye. In a way I did that myself after my messages were ignored, I just quietly unfollowed because I couldn’t support it but I didn’t want to call them out publicly and cause a huge fuss. But these cosplayers and former friends of mine are still doing it, and I’m getting asks about it, saying “I know you are a huge fan of so-and-so! Why aren’t you commenting on their brownface?”
So I’m making this post now to help clarify the brownface issue for white cosplayers who Don’t Get It, if they would actually read about this instead of ignoring those who bring it up to them.
Because I am a myself a white person, I’m really not the best spokesperson for brownface and whitewashing. Instead, I’ll like to some posts from PoC that explain why slathering on fake tan or makeup to look darker is racist:
- There’s many more in the brownface tag.
If you are a cosplayer who does or has done brownface, that is bad and you should feel bad. But there is a silver lining. Now you know! And you can change for the better. Nobody is saying you can’t cosplay characters like Korra- just stop wearing her skin color as part of your costume.
And if you have white friends who cosplay using brownface, talk to them about it. Show them this post. Show them them the brownface tag. Don’t just turn a blind eye to systematic racism.
Every artist who sees this post should do the following:
– Watch the video.
– Follow the instructions
I can’t stress you enough about how important these exercises are for your drawing hand. You don’t wanna get CTS of Tendonitis and similar stuff that will prevent you from making art or even hold a pencil.
I first saw this video… I dunno, a couple of years ago? But after seeing this it instantly became part of my daily routine. Having your wrist crap out on you because you haven’t taken care of yourself while drawing is agonizing and not fun.
Get to stretching, artist buddies.
I usually don’t reblog stuff when a post demands it of me, but I found this video to be very helpful.
I’ll start trying these and see if they help!
I was a little shocked at how much it stung when I did the very first stretch in this video. I can’t bend it more than… 5 or do degrees without some excruciating pain. That tendon is not used to being stretched AT ALL.
I don’t have any serious problems with my hands yet, but my fingers and the backs of my hands are usually the parts that bother me after a marathon session of whatever, so I’m going to start doing these on the reg.
My hands also get a hard workout at my job, so I think these will help me there, too.