Anonymous Flemish Artist
Carved Wood, 26.3 cm.
München, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
An Important Note on Viewing This Piece
This is a post i had queued up for today, and I think it’s a good coincidence it falls on the heels of our discussion about using words like “fleshy” to describe historical nudes, use of words like “normal” in various non-dichotomous cultural contexts, and this adds the intersections of race, and specifically Blackness, to the equation.
The absolutely groundbreaking work of Dr. Carolyn West should be required reading before/during viewing this piece.
Viewers of this artwork will absolutely and undoubtedly be influenced by the stereotypes of Black women as outlined in West’s work: Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and Their Homegirls: Developing an Oppositional Gaze Toward the Images of Black Women.
I definitely recommend reading the linked above article to anyone and everyone viewing the above piece, and everyone who follows this blog. Why we think what we think when we see a work of art is not innocent or impartial-it is shaped by our culture and our environment. People unwilling to confront or unpack their assumptions are choosing to uphold systems that cause immeasurable harm.
In the style of Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione),
The Fragrant Concubine
Italy/China: Qing Dynasty, 18th Century.
Oil on paper, framed; 27 by 19 1/2 in., 68.6 by 49.5 cm.
This is another portrait of Xaing Fei, or Fragrant Concubine, the same woman who was painted in European plate armor for these portraits. Her story is fascinating, and more can be read about her at that link.
This painting was sold to William Haynsworth in 987 for 1.2 million dollars.
An okay fuck-ton of simple shoulder movement references (per request).
All right… a hexafusion! (Google it, my friend.) I took Mona, Addy, and Bea, and swapped them up and combined them, and actually came up with some (in my opinion, anyway) really cool designs. You can see some of the close-ups of the fusions on this post.
If you are a character designer and would like an innovative way to pluck out key features you are using in your work… I really recommend this! It’s a fun way to put your characters under a microscope, contrast them against the rest of your cast, and to possibly even find places where you can use greater variation in the future.
I have another one I’m working on, too… so! More to come!
Someone asked me to maybe do some kind of tutorial on drawing kisses because some people think I’m good at them.
(This is why I never do tutorials.
I’m absolutely terrible at explaining how I do things.)
I used this image because I’ve seen it posted without a source SO many times. (I’m looking at you Disney fandom)
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I’m gonna go ahead and signal boost the living fuck out of this.
http://saucenao.com/ is a good site to use as well. Another thing you can do is add sources to unsourced art you see on your dashboard so anyone who reblogs from you will spread the source around as well.
seriously, i really wish people would properly source art because then it gets around without the source and the true source gets obscured
Anonymous asked: I love your art work so much :3 I was just wondering, how do you pick your colors? they are just so beautiful and unique and UGH i cant do colors and it pains me
its about time i try to explain this as the obviously unprofessional i am.
i just pick colors depending on my mood, there are colors that look colder and warmer, so i take advantage of that
do you feel the colors. you gotta feel them.
then it’s time to pick the best colors for your piece, aka AVOID THESE IF YOU CAN.
sometimes they work tho, but why pick those when you can pick these
they give you cuter colors and better color palettes.
remember to feel how warm or cold or neutral you want anything to look.
that’s better looking than the MS Paint default palette. after some time you will be able to choose nice colors, give it a try. (you can also make a new layer with a solid color and set it to Overlay and it should help).
then the shading comes in, you’ll eventually realize some colors look better with others. BUT PLEASE PLEASE AVOID SHADING WITH BLACK/GREYS OR MAKING LIGHTS WITH WHITE.
ew that looks so simple, why do that when yOU COULD BE SHADING WITH COLORS TOO???
yeah that looks more lively.
i really like colors and that’s why i experiment with them a lot so to fully understand them you could either learn on your own by trying (like me) or you could take color classes, which is good too because they will teach you about other important stuff like this
but basically its just
don’t take me too seriously because i just fool around with colors hnnn. u3u
my way of picking colors is literally just fiddling around with RGB sliders and picking what looks good to me, I’m sure i follow some rules subconsciously but i don’t know what they are
i tend to go for more neutral and ‘earthy’ looking colors, i like something that reminds me of natural dyes