oraculi machina: CC: Just A Quick Acknowledgement
This artwork is by Yuumei on deviantart. This is Korra from The Legend of Korra.
We featured this artwork here because Korra is obviously whitewashed.
Before we featured her, Yuumei was featured on the…
LOL what is all this?
Since I assume people can’t read my mind, I’ll explain how the first version came out and why I changed it, which had nothing to do with this whitewash site that I’ve never heard of.
After I finished coloring the entire drawing in SAI, I zoomed out and thought there’s not enough color contrast around the center so I went into Photoshop and used the Dogde tool to lighten the entire upper torso plus the fire and water around there. I didn’t notice at the time because it was suppose to be a speed paint and I already spent too much time on it, but it did make her skin too light, so I changed it later when I posted it on dA. The top half of her clothes are also lighter than the official posters but that would be due to the lighting, just with like her skin and hair. If you think her skin is still not dark enough, then that’s your thing. My intuition tells me that under those lighting conditions, her entire upper body would be lighter in general.
I want to emphasize that we artists are not perfect at picking out colors. Sometimes everything looks too green, sometimes too yellow and it might take a day or two of not looking at our drawing to see the problem when we look at it again (and this applies to anatomy and everything else as well). Whatever it is, it has nothing to do to green washing or yellow washing. Everyone will seem like a racist if you choose to see that as the only explanation for skin color that’s not to your liking, which is pretty racist of you btw.
In case you’re one of those people who don’t like to let things go (and it definitively seems that way) here are some character designs from my work in progress graphic novel. Dark enough for you?