i’m an avid gamer and for years i’ve been complaining about a lack of non-white protagonists / characters in gaming. sure, there are exceptions, but the main focus of games seems to be on whites (and males, mostly). i’d like to see more diversity in games, more colors and ethnicities.
then this morning i wondered why it is that i almost always draw white people (and men, mostly…) myself. i’ve written and drawn a short story that featured an Indian protagonist and an African friend (and a semi-Chinese antagonist) some years ago, but that was about it. i actually follow several tumblrs that reblog photos of beautiful people of all sorts of non-Caucasian ethnicities because i love looking at them. i even have a specific weak spot for Indian men and Chinese / Japanese ladies, but what about drawing them?
i guess it’s time to really step out of my comfort zone. part of what stops me is lack of reference when i’m someplace else (i barely ever draw at home, behind my computer) and fear of failure. and i’m probably stuck in my template of white males.
so i just created a little Word document where i’ll write down a variety of subject matter that i want to draw more often. time to get adventurous. :-)