Yo, yo, yo G-dawg. I like robuts, drawing and stuff :U
Pretty much sums up my feelings on Urbance. :/ like its the end all, be all of qpoc media. White media is allowed to make all the mistakes, but its ok because they are ‘trying’ or the main characters are hot, white men. But holy moly, we dont even know what Urbance is fully about but lets just poop on it before we have even seen the finished product. I know in my heart thay there will be people on this site who wont look into Urbance any further than someone’s negative post about Urbance, don’t support it, blah,blah and then those people wont even reseach if those statements are true or if the creaters have anything to say about the issues people have problems with… Which they have started doing on their kickstarter in the FAQ. I’m pretty sure if this animation was a mostly white cast, people would be making excuses all under the sun for Urbance. Like people did for Lucy. Like people do for fantasy being mostly white because its ‘historically accurate’ *eyeroll*. Like people do for Sherlock and Supernatural and all those super white shows. It just feels like every fandom I’ve ever tried to get into. Every excuse for white characters, for white shows, for white media. But Urbance? No. Urbance is attempting to do something awesome with a queer, multiracial cast but it may (may be the key word here) not be perfect, so let’s burn it to the ground? :IIIIIII like wtf man.
my dash is pretty split on urbance, so i’m just going to say this:
i get tired of this demanding of perfection (or else) for media when it involves black characters, and to a lesser extent other characters of color, when other fundraisers for projects with all-yt casts still get promoted with just a ‘this is problematic because race BUT… it’s still really worth it because reasons blah blah’ caveat
i especially get suspicious when gender/sex issues get brought up like every single culture on earth would see those in the same way (yt american viewpoints, yt american english language on those viewpoints, etc). it’s not fair, and is frankly us-centric and imperialist if progressivism is judged only on (one of many) usa-ian scales and then if it doesn’t ‘measure up,’ written off by yt usaian potential fans as if they’re buying an entire season instead of the pilot episode (which is all they are asking money for) and as if the rest of a potential season, or two, or three or five (if they get picked up by a studio) can’t be altered while in production, building on itself and self-critiquing within its run, or dialogued with in critique afterward.
the fact that people are backing away from a show that isn’t even produced yet, much less able to be aired for consumption and honest critique, whose writing of the episodes is still in flux and could still receive input from any financial backers or fandom members who want to raise issues they are concerned about or clarify what certain problematic language in the pitch might mean—a show that happens to be mostly cast with black characters…. ESPECIALLY when the show creators themselves say that they want fandom input for their writing!!! (did any of you actually watch their spiel?) (and a lot of the team is french-canadian, so this stuff is being translated into english.)
this backing away from urbance by a lot of my white and non-black poc friends is super suspect to me.
but yeah, go ahead and support hullabaloo or whatever other mainly yt cast crowd-funding animation project you want, save 2-d animation for all the yt girls, or whatever. but black characters on a show that openly invites your input, and hasn’t even shown one full episode of what they’re trying to do yet? not good enough, trash it, don’t even let them TRY to show you what they’re trying to do.
this is 100% how i feel. people are holding urbance up to a frankly racist and more importantly ANTIBLACK AS FUCK standard when we demand perfection re: gender & orientation issues from it and not any of the NUMEROUS heavily white shows people are obsessed with.
and like not even mainstream MOGAI issues, most of the lgbtq community doesn’t even know SHIT about asexuality and nonbinarism
like first name me a show starring pretty much all poc, most of them black and darkskinned, that actually focuses on an intraracial poc romance that’s taken seriously and then come back to me about how the ‘het romance focus’ in urbance makes it regressive, because i sure as fuck haven’t seen it
when race issues are handled in FAR more problematic ways (literally any and every show set in NYC or london that doesn’t prominently feature poc is perpetuating erasure) in shows with all-white casts and white and non-black poc fans let it slide but they jump all over urbance and scrutinize it for every little detail, guess the fuck what, that’s transparent as hell
critique is important, but blatant misinformation is what’s actually happening
It is as if…. Like… I was made for this.
Hey guys, you wanna know what this world is severely lacking??
Strong muscly women!!
You wanna know what would be hella rad??
A zine about strong, muscly women!!
I’m looking for people to contribute to this zine and make it the best thing since egg white protein powder. So! Here’s the downlow:
Who can contribute?
This will be an ART and WRITING zine, so if you can write, flex those writing muscles!! If you can draw, lemme see those defined quadriceps!! If you want to team up with someone to create a piece, go for it!! Don’t have someone to team with but want to? Send a message and I’ll pair you up!!
Note: This will be a CURATED zine to help attain the highest quality possible. Writing accompanied by art is preferred, as this is mainly an art zine.
What should I draw/write about?
Anything, so long as it is about a buff woman/women. Personal stories to favorite/inspiring athletes to workout routines to self-indulgent eyecandy are all acceptable!! Even lady on lady romance is a-ok!!
Note: No erotica (this time around). Vulvas gotta be covered, nips can only be shown if it’s TASTEFUL. Showing the booty is fine. Though, you can have them doing that pretty much deliciously pornographic thing where they have a thumb in their waistband, pulling down their underwear to show off their 8-pack, privates barely covered, in fact it’s almost encouraged…
How many pages/words can I submit?
Poems: up to 500 words
Short story: up to 4000 words
Illustration: 2 pages (can be separate pieces)
Comics: 4 pages
Illustrated story: 4 pages (4500 words, about 1 page of small/spot illustrations)
What size should I draw at? Will this be in color?
5.5in x 4.25in with a 3.75in x 5in active area (1/4in bleed on each side).
YES this will be in color!! Please show off those glorious, glistening skin tones!!
When do submissions close?
Sunday, December 21 and midnight. That should give everyone ample time to complete their pieces.
I got another question!! / There’s something you didn’t cover!!
Oh snap really?? Shoot me an ask and I’ll answer it!!
Have fun kiddos!! Keep pumpin’ those creative muscles!! Lookin’ forward to seein’ all the cool stuff you guys make!!
Please signal boost and pass this around!! I’d like to get as may people contributing as I can
YES … YES … I AM HERE … I AM FOR THIS … I AM GOING
THIS IS MY CALLING.
Faces and bodies. Yeah!
I haven’t drawn in a while because it felt uncomfortable, so I was feeling blugh about it. But i changed the position of my desk and now i can draw again.
MisSpelled is the tale of five very different young women who must learn to work together after they mysteriously acquire magical powers.
The girls will have to save themselves and each other from their own magical mistakes. A dark comedy with lives on the line, MisSpelled is a thrilling and comical journey for five young women who aren’t necessarily down for the ride. With a new dark presence growing in power, will they be able to save themselves from impending doom? They don’t know, but they can google it.
An exciting adventure with mystery, murder and magic! MisSpelled is not your typical witch show. With a diverse cast, comedy and thrilling twists — MisSpelled is something you need to see to believe.
Y’all. Remember how excited we were about MisSpelled? “A new show about witches? Witches of colour, even?? And it’s not even my birthday, or Halloween!!”
Well, they’ve posted everything they’ve got to youtube — a promologue, and four episodes — and now they’re running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the rest of the series. If it’s not successful, then we don’t get any more of the show. Which would suck.
I am asking you guys — begging you, even — to go support the Kickstarter if you can. If every one of my followers pledged $20, then they’d be funded immediately. But even if you can only spare $5, that still gets you thanks on the website and a download of the music from the show!
There are several $12 Charm Bag Tiers, each based around a different character. The charm bags include a tarot card with the character on it (you can see an in-progress sketch of some of the art for the cards in the photoset), a bloodstone, a spell written by the character, and some charms.
And for $20, you can pick a charm bag, get thanked on the site, download the music and the first season after its finale.
Even if you can’t pledge, signal boost this. Go watch the show on youtube. Tell everyone! We have 19 days and counting to make this a success.
Fly my pretties~
hellboundwitch = queen.
MAKE THIS AWESOME WOC WITCH SHOW A FULLY REALIZED THING Y’ALL IM BEGGING YOU
I watched this and it was neat!
Ahhh so cool <3 I want it so much
We discussed the issue of describing People of Color by means of food in Part I of this guide, which brought rise to even more questions, mostly along the lines of “So, if food’s not an option, what can I use?” Well, I was just getting to that!
This final portion focuses on describing skin tone, with photo and passage examples provided throughout. I hope to cover everything from the use of straight-forward description to the more creatively-inclined, keeping in mind the questions we’ve received on this topic.
So let’s get to it.
S T A N D A R D D E S C R I P T I O N
B a s i c C o l o r s
Pictured above: Black, Brown, Beige, White, Pink.
"She had brown skin.”
- This is a perfectly fine description that, while not providing the most detail, works well and will never become cliché.
- Describing characters’ skin as simply brown or beige works on its own, though it’s not particularly telling just from the range in brown alone.
C o m p l e x C o l o r s
These are more rarely used words that actually “mean” their color. Some of these have multiple meanings, so you’ll want to look into those to determine what other associations a word might have.
Pictured above: Umber, Sepia, Ochre, Russet, Terra-cotta, Gold, Tawny, Taupe, Khaki, Fawn.
Complex colors work well alone, though often pair well with a basic color in regards to narrowing down shade/tone.
For example: Golden brown,russet brown, tawny beige…
- As some of these are on the “rare” side, sliding in a definition of the word within the sentence itself may help readers who are unfamiliar with the term visualize the color without seeking a dictionary.
"He was tall and slim, his skin a russet, reddish-brown.”
- Comparisons to familiar colors or visuals are also helpful:
"His skin was an ochre color, much like the mellow-brown light that bathed the forest.”
M o d i f i e r s
Modifiers, often adjectives, make partial changes to a word.The following words are descriptors in reference to skin tone.
D a r k - D e e p - R i c h - C o o l
W a r m - M e d i u m - T a n
F a i r - L i g h t - P a l e
Rich Black, Dark brown, Warm beige, Pale pink…
If you’re looking to get more specific than “brown,” modifiers narrow down shade further.
- Keep in mind that these modifiers are not exactly colors.
- As an already brown-skinned person, I get tan from a lot of sun and resultingly become a darker, deeper brown. I turn a pale, more yellow-brown in the winter.
- While best used in combination with a color, I suppose words like "tan" "fair" and "light" do work alone; just note that tan is less likely to be taken for “naturally tan” and much more likely a tanned White person.
- Also note that calling someone "dark" as description on its own is offensive to some.
U n d e r t o n e s
Undertones are the colors beneath the skin, seeing as skin isn’t just one even color but has more subdued tones within the dominating palette.
- Mentioning the undertones within a character’s skin is an even more precise way to denote skin tone.
- As shown, there’s a difference between say, brown skin with warm orange-red undertones (Kelly Rowland) and brown skin with cool, jewel undertones (Rutina Wesley).
"A dazzling smile revealed the bronze glow at her cheeks.”
"He always looked as if he’d ran a mile, a constant tinge of pink under his tawny skin.”
Standard Description Passage
"Farah’s skin, always fawn, had burned and freckled under the summer’s sun. Even at the cusp of autumn, an uneven tan clung to her skin like burrs. So unlike the smooth, red-brown ochre of her mother, which the sun had richened to a blessing.”
- Here the state of skin also gives insight on character.
- Note my use of "fawn" in regards to multiple meaning and association. While fawn is a color, it’s also a small, timid deer, which describes this very traumatized character of mine perfectly.
Though I use standard descriptions of skin tone more in my writing, at the same time I’m no stranger to creative descriptions, and do enjoy the occasional artsy detail of a character.
C R E A T I V E D E S C R I P T I O N
Whether compared to night-cast rivers or day’s first light…I actually enjoy seeing Characters of Colors dressed in artful detail.
I’ve read loads of descriptions in my day of White characters and their "smooth rose-tinged ivory skin", while the PoC, if there, are reduced to something from a candy bowl or a Starbucks drink, so to actually read of PoC described in lavish detail can be somewhat of a treat.
Still, be mindful when you get creative with your character descriptions. Too many frills can become purple-prose-like, so do what feels right for your writing when and where.
Not every character or scene warrants a creative description, either Especially they’re not even a secondary character.
Using a combination of color descriptions from standard to creative is probably a better method than straight creative. But again, do what’s good for your tale.
N A T U R AL S E T T I N G S - S K Y
Pictured above: Harvest Moon -Twilight, Fall/Autumn Leaves, Clay, Desert/Sahara, Sunlight - Sunrise - Sunset - Afterglow - Dawn- Day- Daybreak, Field - Prairie - Wheat, Mountain/Cliff, Beach/Sand/Straw/Hay.
- Now before you run off to compare your heroine’s skin to the harvest moon or a cliff side, think about the associations to your words.
- When I think cliff, I think of jagged, perilous, rough. I hear sand and picture grainy, yet smooth. Calm. mellow.
- So consider your character and what you see fit to compare them too.
- Also consider whose perspective you’re describing them from. Someone describing a person they revere or admire may have a more pleasant, loftier description than someone who can’t stand the person.
"Her face was like the fire-gold glow of dawn, lifting my gaze, drawing me in.”
"She had a sandy complexion, smooth and tawny.”
- Even creative descriptions tend to draw help from your standard words.
F L O W E R S
Pictured above: Calla lilies, Western Coneflower, Hazel Fay, Hibiscus, Freesia, Rose
- It was a bit difficult to find flowers to my liking that didn’t have a 20 character name or wasn’t called something like “chocolate silk” so these are the finalists.
- You’ll definitely want to avoid purple-prose here.
- Also be aware of flowers that most might’ve never heard of. Roses are easy, as most know the look and coloring(s) of this plant. But Western coneflowers? Calla lilies? Maybe not so much.
"He entered the cottage in a huff, cheeks a blushing brown like the flowers Nana planted right under my window. Hazel Fay she called them, was it?”
A S S O R T E D P L A N T S & N A T U R E
Pictured above: Cattails, Seashell, Driftwood, Pinecone, Acorn, Amber
- These ones are kinda odd. Perhaps because I’ve never seen these in comparison to skin tone, With the exception of amber.
- At least they’re common enough that most may have an idea what you’re talking about at the mention of “pinecone.”
- I suggest reading out your sentences aloud to get a better feel of how it’ll sounds.
"Auburn hair swept past pointed ears, set around a face like an acorn both in shape and shade.”
- I pictured some tree-dwelling being or person from a fantasy world in this example, which makes the comparison more appropriate.
- I don’t suggest using a comparison just “cuz you can” but actually being thoughtful about what you’re comparing your character to and how it applies to your character and/or setting.
W O O D
Pictured above: Mahogany, Walnut, Chestnut, Golden Oak, Ash
- Wood is definitely an iffy description for skin tone. Not only due to several of them having “foody” terminology within their names, but again, associations.
- Some people would prefer not to compare/be compared to wood at all, so get opinions, try it aloud, and make sure it’s appropriate to the character if you do use it.
"The old warlock’s skin was a deep shade of mahogany, their stare serious and firm as it held mine.”
M E T A L S
Pictured above: Platinum, Copper, Brass, Gold, Bronze
- Copper skin, brass-colored skin, golden skin…
- I’ve even heard variations of these used before by comparison to an object of the same properties/coloring, such as penny for copper.
- These also work well with modifiers.
"The dress of fine white silks popped against the deep bronze of her skin.”
G E M S T O N E S - M I N E R A LS
Pictured above: Onyx, Obsidian, Sard, Topaz, Carnelian, Smoky Quartz, Rutile, Pyrite, Citrine, Gypsum
- These are trickier to use. As with some complex colors, the writer will have to get us to understand what most of these look like.
- If you use these, or any more rare description, consider if it actually “fits” the book or scene.
- Even if you’re able to get us to picture what “rutile” looks like, why are you using this description as opposed to something else? Have that answer for yourself.
"His skin reminded her of the topaz ring her father wore at his finger, a gleaming stone of brown, mellow facades.”
P H Y S I C A L D E S C R I P T I ON
- Physical character description can be more than skin tone.
- Show us hair, eyes, nose, mouth, hands…body posture, body shape, skin texture… though not necessarily all of those nor at once.
- Describing features also helps indicate race, especially if your character has some traits common within the race they are, such as afro hair to a Black character.
- How comprehensive you decide to get is up to you. I wouldn’t overdo it and get specific to every mole and birthmark. Noting defining characteristics is good, though, like slightly spaced front teeth, curls that stay flopping in their face, hands freckled with sunspots…
G E N E R A L T I P S
Indicate Race Early: I suggest indicators of race be made at the earliest convenience within the writing, with more hints threaded throughout here and there.
- Get Creative all by yourself: Obviously, I couldn’t cover every proper color or comparison in which has been “approved” to use for your characters’ skin color, so it’s up to you to use discretion when seeking other ways and shades to describe skin tone.
- Skin Color May Not Be Enough: Describing skin tone isn’t always enough to indicate someone’s ethnicity. As timeless cases with readers equating brown to “dark white” or something, more indicators of race may be needed.
Describe White characters and PoC Alike: You should describe the race and/or skin tone of your White characters just as you do your Characters of Color. If you don’t, you risk implying that White is the default human being and PoC are the “Other”).
- PSA: Don’t use “Colored.” Based on some asks we’ve received using this word, I’d like to say that unless you or your character is a racist grandmama from the 1960s, do not call People of Color “colored” please.
- Not Sure Where to Start? You really can’t go wrong using basic colors for your skin descriptions. It’s actually what many people prefer and works best for most writing. Personally, I tend to describe my characters using a combo of basic colors + modifiers, with mentions of undertones at times. I do like to veer into more creative descriptions on occasion.
- Want some alternatives to “skin” or “skin color”? Try: Appearance, blend, blush, cast, coloring, complexion, flush, glow, hue, overtone, palette, pigmentation, rinse, shade, sheen, spectrum, tinge, tint, tone, undertone, value, wash.
Skin Tone Resources
- List of Color Names
- The Color Thesaurus
- Things that are Brown (blog)
- Skin Undertone & Color Matching
- Tips and Words on Describing Skin
- Photos: Undertones Described (Modifiers included)
- Online Thesaurus (try colors, such as “red" & "brown”)
- Don’t Call me Pastries: Creative Skin Tones w/ pics 3 2 1
Writing & Description Guides
- Writing with Color: Description & Skin Color
- Describing Characters of Color (Passage Examples)
- 7 Offensive Mistakes Well-intentioned Writers Make
I tried to be as comprehensive as possible with this guide, but if you’ve asked a question regarding describing skin color that hasn’t been answered within part I or II of this guide, or have more questions after reading this post, feel free to ask!
~ Mod Colette
BLACK MAN SHUTS DOWN THE POLICE
YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.
When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on TheFreeThoughtProject.com.
Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.
Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.
Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.
Everyone! Listen to This Speech by Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics Right Now
On Saturday, writer Gene Luen Yang gave a speech at the National Book Festival where he discussed the issue of diversity in publishing and specifically in comics and it is amazing.
The award-winning Boxers and Saints author began his speech by discussing the importance of Dwayne McDuffie to his own entrance in to comics and to comics overall. McDuffie, of course, fought for diversity in comics ultimately creating his own comic company so he could see people like himself in comics.
Yang talks about the importance of that company, Milestone, because the character Xombi was also an Asian American male.
But he also addresses the issue of diversity in terms of the writer’s responsibility and overcoming the fear of “not getting it right” and suffering the wrath of the Internet.
I strongly recommend that every writer or potential writer in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend that every editor and publisher in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend every comic reader listen to this speech. And I strongly hope that every person who diminishes diversity in comics with snide remarks listens to this speech.