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swankivy

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Joined: April 21st, 2012
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swankivy 23 [ 2:18am Sat Apr 28th, 2012 ]

John325: I dunno about others, but the answer for me is YES, I draw "nonstandard" body types and various types of diverse human beings (beyond black, Asian, or Hispanic) all the time. Of course, because this is a silly drawing game and we have a tablet or a mouse, a limited color palette, and 10 minutes to complete our drawings in order to get something more important--the subject of the game--across, it isn't exactly the first thing on my mind to try to also represent various types of people. But I do do it if it's just as easy and the frame allows it. I'm not deliberately working to insert an Affirmative Action of sorts to represent cartoon people in Drawception. But people will often assume that if you spent time on something in the frame, it's significant to puzzling out what you were drawing.

For instance, in one of my frames, I was prompted to draw "Friendly samurai chats with big nosed indian." I thought an American Indian would be hard to recognize if I didn't do the stereotypical thing and draw one in full regalia, so I picked an Indian from India instead (drawn, goofily, with an Indian flag on his shirt so you could tell). The samurai looked kind of like Samurai Jack or something. And the next person described it as "Two guys like what each other are wearing." It's nice when not every picture is like "Hm, brown people."

It's normal in this game to think any detail is significant--one of my frames is a self-portrait, but the next player thought the long hair was significant and turned it into Rapunzel--but when it comes to skin color, every person we draw has to be some color. Keep in mind that this is not about whether this is "prejudice" or "racism." Because that's not the issue here. We're not saying people are being racist by thinking skin color is significant (in this game or at any other time). It's just interesting and a little surprising how consistently the peach skin is invisible but the tan and brown skins are not.

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swankivy 23 [ 11:59pm Wed Apr 25th, 2012 ]

I'm Ivy, found Drawception because some weirdo was talking about it on Everything2.

I'm a writer--but only published in nonfiction so far, unfortunately--I want to be a novelist!

I also sing pretty okay, and have made a few embarrassing music videos and lots of goofy Internet karaoke.

And of course, I draw--mostly on my webcomic, though even through years of practice I seem to have plateaued long ago.

Weird facts about me include that I am under 5 feet tall and my hair is about half the length I am; I've been vegetarian since 1998; I can make noises that sound like a small child; I've been in a movie; I've written nine books; I type well over 100 words per minute; I'm a grammar nut; and I like corn.

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swankivy 23 [ 6:28pm Wed Apr 25th, 2012 ]

Thank you Lunatox.

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swankivy 23 [ 2:40pm Wed Apr 25th, 2012 ]

Someone in the comments of one of mine suggested that first-then-last works for this one:

http://drawception.com/viewgame/GODpYhehqb/batman-helps-donatello-with-his-staff-problem/

It's especially weird because the Turtle involved morphed from Donatello to Leonardo and then back to Donatello--that last being for no discernible reason.

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swankivy 23 [ 1:37am Tue Apr 24th, 2012 ]

Incidentally I don't think pointing this stuff out means we're bothered by it. I'm a little surprised by how consistent it is, but not surprised that it happens at all, nor do I think it's offensive. (In a place where most people are not white, a white person is pointed out as a white person; it's not racist then either. It's pointing out what's significant.) In other news, I had my first panel in which a black girl was not pointed out as "a black girl," and that made me happy. :) http://drawception.com/viewgame/yPg61HfQO7/thats-not-my-cow/

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swankivy 23 [ 10:56pm Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 ]

@John Yeah, of course it wasn't the best drawing, but I was using a reference, and gave him eyebrows to get it to look like the frowning gorilla. And I gave him a crown because he's a king. Heh. These profiles didn't even have human noses. But honestly I think I'm more surprised that someone thought my Donkey Kong looked like a woman.

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swankivy 23 [ 6:57pm Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 ]

Fred, one of mine was interpreted as "black man plays too much Xbox" when I used the tan skin tone. Also I had to draw King Kong and someone thought my monkey was a black man. o_O (I'm sure my drawing skills could use work, but . . . really?)

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swankivy 23 [ 11:15pm Sat Apr 21st, 2012 ]

I've seen this too, johnny_in_c! I was just complaining about this on Facebook. In pretty much every drawing where I was asked to depict a person doing something, if I chose something other than a white guy, the race or sex was called out in the next person's description. I draw a kid surfing and suddenly he's a fat Asian kid and the rest of the frames are about sumo wrestlers. Every black person I've drawn has been pointed out to be black (or guessed to be a specific black celebrity) even though it had nothing to do with the description. I know white is the majority and "it's the Internet," but I guess it still surprises me that this is so consistent.

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