“Together can never be close enough for me To feel like I am close enough to you You wear white and I’ll wear out the words “I love you” And you’re beautiful.” Train - Marry me
It seems that their old habits persist despite years.
(In my last DAO playthrough I tried to replicate Léana to have more screenshots of them together. She doesn’t have her vallaslin (I always forget it, even in my drawings) and I used a Cousland instead of an elf because I prefer that kind of body.)
what if “DA: Origins” and “DA:Inquisition” were movies and we could see the differences between the actors and their characters?
DRAGON AGE ORIGINS - THE CAST
Alistair: he’s definetly NOT a blushing virgin. Or a virgin at all. He found quite early that his sense of humor has a great success with the ladies. But he’s also very clear with them, no false hopes or anything. Deep inside him he believes in true love, but he’s dubious if he’ll be ever able to find it. He’s the first who proposes to everybody, cast and crew, to have a dinner together after work, and maybe some drinks later. And he tends to be generous, paying for all of them. He loves interviews and meetings and selfies with fans. He thinks his character is a good boy with a big heart, but he should be more assertive.
Morrigan: a single mom, become an actress after that a talent scout noted her in the herbalist’s shop where she worked. She’s reserved and quiet, loves spending her time reading books on the set during the breaks. Someone thinks she’s snob, but instead she’s just a little shy. She works harder than anyone else and she saves money for her child future. She considers the interviews part of her job, but she doesn’t answer questions about her private life or her child. For her, playing her character was simple, almost autobiographical, but luckily she has a healtier relationship with her mother.
Wynne: she’s the badass actress who fought for years to have the same opportunities on the set that the her male collegues had. She laughs when discovers she has a couple of scenes where her character is knitting, because she’s terrible in this kind of works. She travells a lot, for leisure or as a volunteer for charity associations. She was married, but her husband died very young. Someone gossips she had a secret child with an important producer. She’s the one who is always ready to give and advice, if required, or encourage the younger ones. She loves her character, they have a lot in common, except for the knitting.
Leliana: beautiful and sophisticated, she trained for years in famous accademies. She’s a complete artist: great singer, excellent dancer, talented actress. She accepts to work as a model for famous brands just if they include oter body types in their campaigns. Openly bisexual, the list of her past lovers is not a secret, still she tends to be more private with important relationships. She can speak three languages and her sharp tongue is as famous as her cool style. She tends to intimidate people, but it’s easy to work with her if you do your work at the best that you can. She thinks her character is too soft, sometimes, but she appreciates the loyalty to her friends.
Oghren: the actor with a turbolent past. He was a theatre actor and he become famous when he was in his fourtys. He was previously married with the director Branka, but she left him to concentrate on her art. Now he’s married again and he has a son. His son is his favorite subject during interviews, he shows to all the journalists the photos of his “little nug”. Despite all his lewd jokes and the tendency to sleep everywhere, his acting is intense and passionate. He loves deeply his character, understaing the difficulties to be a man with a bad past and a second chance to do better.
Zevran: young and beautiful, he always wanted to act, but waiing for his occasion he studied Science, taking a PH. Very clever and very engaged, he finds his character amusing, especially about his lovelife. On the set, he’s very friendly and loves talking with everyone, especially children. Sometimes he blushes when the press wants to know more about him, but in general he can manage it. Meeting the fans is his favorite thing. He also loves walking in a Crow costume during the conventions, with his love one dressed as “the Warden”.
Sten: very traditional actor, he doesn’t particulalrly like modern acting schools or techniques, believing that just a solid work through the years can make you a good actor. Very cultured and discreet, he loves walking and discovers the history of the places where the crew is shooting. A bit formal even with the other colleagues, he don’t despise drinking something together and having a quiet talk. He also is very interested in disciplines as yoga and meditation. He tries to not intimidate his fans, who he prefers to the journalists. He thinks his character has a great background, and that they have a lot in common. Execpt the murdering, of course.
Shane: she worked a lot with the motion capture and she is very excited thinking that in this movie she’ll be a golem. Joyful and chatty, she’s the one who takes photos everywhere and with everyone, is so enthusiast talking about her words that her interviews are the longer, and she runs personally her profile on the social networks. Adopted by the famous producer Caridin and his wife, she has a good life, but she’d like to know where her biological parents are and who they were. She was touched reading about Shale’s past and, being terrified by the birds,she totally agrees with her character.
Two mages in a market place, their mounts tied up not too far off, which are saddled with bundles and bags of differing shapes. Liris, riffling through a display of shirts and tunics and blouses, holds up a tunic in a deep shade of green, with sleeves at three-quarter length
“Hey, what do you think of this one? Green is your favorite color, yes?”
Whitewashing is a huge problem in every fandom, and DA is no exception. All of the characters above are whitewashed and have their skin lightened on a daily basis.
There is no excuse when someone whitewashes a character. Take your appropriate swatches if you must, and make sure you are staying true to the characters actual skin tone. Use these colours if you’d like - they were more meant to prove a point. You are certainly welcome to use them as a base.
Stop whitewashing POC. Stop lightening skin, stop slimming down features, and stop blaming whitewashing on lighting. You know better than that. You can do better than that.
Do not take swatches from the lightest part of the face - all the light colours shown here are meant for highlighting purposes. They are the highlights of the face, to be used to display light bouncing off the surface of one’s skin.
Every image of the characters except Josephine was taken from the dragon age wiki site and was only altered to fit and blend with the pictures. All other graphics are mine.