fickle: (asian fairy tale)
Fickle ([personal profile] fickle) wrote2009-04-04 04:38 pm

Let's get colorful, colorful!

You know what the world needs?

More art of chars of colors and more publicity for the art that's already out there!

There's been plenty of discussion about chars of color/non-white chars in fiction, so let's start promoting artwork. There have already been some gorgeous collections of artwork done via links in journals, but I think something that updates on a more regular basis and is easy to find would be fantastic.

My idea is to create a dA club that'll favourite the works of chars of color/non-white chars. Members can join and submit pieces, and every month, we can have a journal update that'll feature two or three especially talented artists. Why dA? Collecting artwork on dA means that the artists will always be credited and art theft can't take place, and that the artists will know that their work is appreciated when they see that it's been fav'd. It's also tidy, used by a lot of people and therefore has a lot of art to choose from. delicious would be easier if we wanted to collect artwork from all over the web but unfortunately, delicious doesn't have the same awesome thumbnails for viewers and notifications for the artists that their work is being collected.

Current names up for consideration: charsofcolor, chars-of-color, multicolorful -- the last is the idea of [livejournal.com profile] skywardprodigal, who pointed out that not everyone is okay with the term "chars of color" because they prefer to ID themselves as "non-white". If you've got ideas as to what other good names would be, please toss them my way! [livejournal.com profile] deepad has now suggested chromaticart and [livejournal.com profile] kialo would like the word 'reflections' to be in somehow.

Current categories to sort artwork into: fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, modern, mythological, fanart: anime, fanart: literature, fanart: movies, fanart: tv, het couple, gay couple, lesbian couple, group pic, horror, urban fantasy. The last two were suggested by [livejournal.com profile] takishia. Again, if you've got ideas for other ways to categorize art, drop a comment!

Only rule I have so far is that if we fav a piece for the club, we will comment telling the person about the club and offering feedback on it at the same time, just to encourage the artist to draw more chars of color/non-white chars. I don't want to mod it on my own, and have already asked [livejournal.com profile] skywardprodigal to co-mod with me, but am thinking that more mods might be necessary because the more people who have access to the club account, the more people that can favorite work they find on dA that's club-appropriate. The other option is to tell people to note the club if they find something suitable but honestly, that's enough work that I doubt most people would bother doing that. Clearly, I need help with ideas for that as well!

This idea is just percolating in my brain still, so any and all feedback or ideas will be appreciated. Especially if you've had any experience modding clubs on dA before.

Edit: Added in two more name suggestions, and two category suggestions, all taken from comments.

[identity profile] deepad.livejournal.com 2009-04-04 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
No experience with dA, but how about chromaticart or somesuch for a name?

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll add it to the list.

[identity profile] takishia.livejournal.com 2009-04-05 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
I like multicolorful!

I immediately thought of horror and urban fantasy....but it's not really needed. Historical?

I have no experience with dA except to go checkout artwork. Will make an account for this though!

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Multicolorful grows on you as a name. XD

Urban fantasy TOTALLY should be a category. And horror too. Who knows? Maybe just seeing that those categories exist will inspire people to draw undead brown zombies!

And if you make an account for it, drop me the name. I totally would love you have you alongside as a mod.

[identity profile] takishia.livejournal.com 2009-04-24 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Horror/urban fantasy will always be what I go back to, I think. XD

I'm takishia there as well. I would love to help out, but you might want to put me on a probation or something? I've never done this before.

Go zombies! And ghosts! And vampires! Witches demons!

Okay, okay, stopping now. ^^;;

[identity profile] kialio.livejournal.com 2009-04-05 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
I'll help mod if you like, I like to trawl the internet for this sort of artwork ranging from professionals to doodlers. Though I'm unfamiliar with dA past the search function. I'm a bit more familiar with Elfwood.

My only suggestion for a name is the word "reflection/s" (somewhere in there) because of the importance of what is conveyed.

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
A sister comm on Elfwood would be great, if you wanted to set something like that up and you're more familiar with that site! dA, I chose because it's got a huge fanbase and admittedly, it's the art site I'm the most familiar with.

'Reflections'? I'll toss that into the list as well.

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 07:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry for the delay in replying, btw, I was in Nice and then switching jobs. And I'm flying up to London tomorrow - I travel a lot, which is another reason that co-mods would be helpful.

[identity profile] color-blue.livejournal.com 2009-04-05 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I've had no experience with dA, but just wanted to say that I'm really glad that you're doing this!

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! And I love your name. XD

[identity profile] la-vie-noire.livejournal.com 2009-04-06 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, oh, supporting you here! I don't use DA these days, but I would love to see this.

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 07:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, Anthy. So much love for your icon! She's one of the few anime chars that I could believably cosplay. XD

[identity profile] unusualmusic.livejournal.com 2009-04-10 02:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm on DA haven't been there for a while but would make an exception for this. If you still need mods, I can offer my services.

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Great, thank you! What's your dA username?

[identity profile] unusualmusic.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
BellWeather

[identity profile] bridgetmc.livejournal.com 2009-04-11 03:57 pm (UTC)(link)
This sounds lovely!

I haven't been to dA in awhile, but what about a 'fairy tale' category? Though I suppose that could go under mythological.

[identity profile] fickle-goddess.livejournal.com 2009-04-23 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. I think myths are more like origin stories with gods and stuff, whereas fairy tales aren't? But it would be a rather subjective line to draw, I agree, so not sure about that.