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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.

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