pandyssians asked: succubot9000(.)tumblr(.)com/post/78927949426/thereisnomadnessanymore-vivienne-still-better someone reblogged the image here.
Thanks! I’m away for a week, but expect a paintover then.
totorotori asked: I hope that artist reads your post, no one deserves to be attacked like that actually that is the second time the first time was people accusing a young artist of white washing Kaidan Alenko from ME, but I hope those young artist read your post.
Me too. I wanted to do a paintover for them but it was gone by the time I got back. And hell, if someone really IS spending hours creating aryan-ized fan art? They’re rectum-people and will ignore your helping hand. Maybe throw a torch then? I don’t know.
When I was a young artist I could only draw one face. It took ages for me to learn how to draw two. It took even longer for me to learn how to draw people of different ages, sexes and races.
A while ago, a young artist posted some fan art of Vivienne. They were still learning. Vivienne looked a bit more caucasian than she does in game, and the rendering made her look pale. Common mistakes that most artists have made early on in their journey. The artist commented about ‘fixing her lips’ and in context it was obvious they were talking about her lipstick, not her anatomy.
Tumblr rolled out the torches and pitchforks, the image was quickly removed, and some poor amateur is likely crying in the shower vowing never to upload art ever again.
Even though most people never saw it, the words still rumble through the dragon age tags like an idiot parrot trapped in an echo chamber: “they’re already whitewashing Vivienne!!!?!?RRRAARGLE!!!!”
No. No one is.
NO ONE IS.
And for art’s sake, let’s try education BEFORE we start tying people to stakes.Edit: and remember, to a young artist, a corrective paint over is worth ten thousand screams of impotent rage.
You don’t realize you’re tone deaf until someone tells you that you’re singing off key. My comments earlier came from a narrow perspective (I’m a guy who thinks about design all day) and I’m honestly grateful to the people who graciously articulated how deep and wide this issue really is for them. My apologies to those I’ve offended. For someone in my position to come across as flippant is really shitty. It wasn’t my intent, but it’s still shitty and I’m sorry for that.
Additionally, I wasn’t trying to make fun of the Bingo game or the issues that birthed it. I thought it hit the nail right on the head. It’s important to be critical of these destructive tropes and cliches, otherwise they’ll stay exactly where they are. Wether they’re banished forever, or reclaimed by designers who treat the material and audience with respect, they’ve got to go. (In my artistic hubris, I do still believe that a handful of these squares could be reclaimed and subverted in interesting ways, but if I attempt to do so it will be done as personal work ONLY, not in my capacity as concept artist for Bioware.)
The issue of believable character design is a daily one for me. It’s been a ten year learning process. I’ve designed things I’m no longer proud of, but it has been open dialogue with passionate people like this that has helped me move forward. I’d encourage everyone to play the female armor bingo game when Inquisition comes out. Because of Bioware’s fantastic art team, I’m proud to say I think you’d be hard pressed to get a single square.
In closing, I’m sorry for minimizing an issue that means a great deal to people. My perspective is narrow, but I’m thankful to those who have been helping to widen it.