In Origins every time I tried to romance Zevran, I ended up romancing Alistair. In DA2 every time I tried to romance Anders, I ended up romancing Fenris. In DA:I every time I tried to romance Blackwall, I ended up romancing Cullen. Goddammit -.-
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.
This series started as a way to get me comfortable illustrating different skin tones & to build up palettes for all the characters. But I’m finding myself really digging doing the quick portrait sketches.
Friendly reminder that if Zevran is saved in dao, in his da2 lore he begins single-handedly taking down the Antivan Crows from the inside. He either buys or assassinates all the leaders, and nobody even sees him coming before their entire squad is dead. He’s literally assassinating the most famous group of assassins on his own and if you don’t think that’s some badass shit right there then we can’t be friends