Fanart of OCs of color
So I got this as an ask from someone and I wanted to share my reply, and see if other creators of color had input on this. A white fan artist mentioned that she had started following this blog, and really wanted to draw some of the OCs, but wanted to make sure she was being respectful, and wondered if there was anything she should do besides making sure to ask the creator if it were ok. This was the advice I came back with:
My suggestion - tell them you love their OC and you’d like to draw them. Ask if they have reference pictures or face claims. The MOST IMPORTANT PART (for me at least) is making sure you get skin tone/color right, and being careful to maintain non-Eurocentric features such as wide noses, monolid eyes, or full lips. Most people love fanart of their characters, but are going to be potentially worried about whitewashing.
I’d like to get the input of others, since this is a question that a lot (hopefully!) of artists are asking themselves, and it’s a really good opportunity for them to expand their subjects and make people happy with lovely art.
A wonderful idea, COC’s what are your thoughts?