backgrounds kill me ;; but I tried another painting of watchinglikeashadow for Ready
I actually did a digital painting for greaterspeed’s blog today
I’ve never actually done digital painting before either whoopsy ;;;
This probably won’t end up in depth because I’m not a very good writer, but there’s just something I wanted to comment on that I’ve been noticing in the people who comment/repost my art and it’s the ‘uke’ stereotype. For the people who don’t know, the ‘uke’ stereotype is basically a submissive bottom in a homosexual relationship. It’s a stereotype that depicts weepy, teary-eyed, slender men who are submissive and dependant on the top in the relationship. It’s usually portrayed in Japanese anime media and fanworks, and well… There’s already a huge issue with this stereotype when it comes to comparing it to an actual homosexual relationship, but loads of people have already discussed that before so I won’t bother.
The problem with this stereotype is that it leads people to believe that if a character is shown being in touch with their feminine side, or shown doing anything that could be considered as ‘girly’ or even dressing in women’s clothing, that they’re an ‘uke’ and honestly, I’ve noticed a lot of people thinking this way about my art. Here’s the thing, friends…
Femininity does not mean ‘uke’/bottom/submissive.
It’s horribly sexist to think that it does. In my fanworks, I depict characters(Sonic mainly) being in touch with their feminine side, but I don’t do it to show them as being weak or submissive. Being feminine is far from weak and whether or not you are male, female or any other gender, you can be feminine and still be strong, empowering and confident. When I am creating a piece of fanwork that portrays a character doing something feminine it is never and never will be to dis-empower a character and reduce them to a stereotype like the ‘uke’ stereotype. The characters I portray are still the same characters they are in their original media, they are still strong and confident but they are also in touch with their femininity.
I really want to shed this stereotype from my work. I want people to look at my fanwork and still see a strong character they love and not an ‘uke’. Because that’s what I see when I look at my own work.
This isn’t my best but I haven’t painted for myself for a while so…
I doodled a Lancelot and painted it.
a cleaner ver of the painting I photographed earlier
idk whether to do a bg yet or not
happy new year everyone!
I think Sonic’s gonna get his midnight kiss on the street corner as it snows :3c