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Racial Activism and Me

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 22, 2012, 7:53 AM



Hey hey hey! Rob here with another "something-to-get-off-of-his-chest"! :)

Time and again, I'm approached by some of my audience asking "Rob, why don't you ever draw black people?" First off, they may have not even looked into my gallery for those people of color or what have you, because they're there, sure enough.

The long answer is:

Well... what gets me is that when they find out I'm black, they expect that I should hold some sort of allegiance to "my race" or "make a change" as a "popular" black artist who can, figuratively speaking, "put blacks on the map".

There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and there's nothing wrong with people whose main goal is doing that. It's their lives, they're free to believe in whatever they want to.

But to hold me to a certain level where people think I'm obligated to draw my race more often than others because of the "history", I don't agree with. I'm an African-American born in the 80s. I was not born during the times of the Civil Rights Movement and such, and though I HIGHLY respect that time period and the changes it made to American society (not just the African-American race), I can't honestly say that it affected me in a "special", direct way. People still treat people bad, all races, it's not just a "black" thing.

Someone once told me I'm "contributing to the demographic that people of color should be shunned" based on the (racial) content of my work. This is foolish.

First off, I see people as one big family. We're HUMANS. All different colors. We all have hearts, awesome brains, special traits and talents, etc. I don't exhibit partialness to anyone, or, I just don't think about it. I was raised (albeit not having a silver plate on the table every night at dinner) to not judge others from their race. (And though I hate to say it, sometimes my own race makes me sad, but I'm pretty sure any other race can say the same thing about theirs. It's all universal. Some groups of people make another group of people sad, s'just how it goes.) But overall, I was brought up never to judge even if others may judge me.

Secondly, if you haven't guessed by now, you prawwwwbabalee have struck me as an odd one, "this black guy". You know how I can tell an artist that is very prideful of their race? In their gallery, every drawing is of a black person with cultural thematics spread all around, hip-hop being seen the most. And again I disclaim: there's nothing wrong with that. I fuggin' LOVE the Hip-Hop genre and music, ask any of my close peeps. I was in a crew for years and we made a ton of Rap music and such. But as a boy who grew up in the predominantly black neighborhood and going to the predominantly black school, if I liked anything beyond Hip-Hop/R&B, be it Classical, Folk, you name it, I was a "rebel" of some sorts. And that has always annoyed me. People still question me today, asking "you listen to video game music? What the F, bro?" What, a "brutha" (I kinda despise that term...) can't listen to Uematsu? Shame on me, then.

People try to keep "tradition" going on in their families to this very day, pressuring others to stay within their race like it's the rule. Look, if that Asian girl is fine, that Asian girl is FOINE. If that Italian girl is fine, that Italian girl is FOINE. If that Black girl is fine, THAT BLACK GIRL IS FOINE. My parents always enforced that there aren't any boundaries and to see EVERYONE (even my potential partner) as a candidate, no racial chains binding.

As a kid, I loved anime, obscure video games that weren't the new-at-the-time Mortal Kombat, and other things that were not "racially correct". When fellow classmates would see my art, they would ask "why do you always draw white people?" (Obviously, if I drew in an Anime/Manga style growing up, they weren't necessarily "white" so a big SMH to you, fellow black classmates of the past...) Early on, they tried to tell me that basically I'm selling out "to my kind" since I don't always draw black characters and such. This is the most close-minded way of thinking. Pride just fuels differences and heats up disputes.

I can't be held accountable for that. I don't want to be. So it's why I don't "choose a side", I stay neutral to where the pride lies. So to this very day, I don't judge others even though they may judge me. It's just how I see things: EVERYONE'S AWESOME.

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The short answer of the aforementioned question is basically: I DRAW WHAT THE F' I WANT TO DRAW. :lol:

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sheenaduquette Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Preach.
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LuisPuig Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Right on brutha! LOL Just messin. Well said.
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LordShmeckie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Smartest god damn thing I've read all week.
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BOYKINS Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you man get the upmost respect from me dude... i have gone through this too both when i drawn anime ( dragon ball z was like crack to me when i was in high school) and now with the whole portrait work... i also gotten side comments because i often drawn men and people figured since you dont draw women with giant tits and bubble butts( mind you thats all that draw now!!lol) you were gay!!! hell i even got comments about me listening to rock music in particularly jrock!!

some times closeminded people can comprehend that people are different .. people thing because they look like you or may off grew up where you were from that you automatically is the same as them and that is never the case and it sucks cause in stead of letting the quality of you art speak for itself your race speaks for you!!!

this is the reason why my race/face is hidden on here..

keep doing your thing man... you is really making me go back to drawing anime!!lmao
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
+1 Rob.
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Bfetish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Revlake brings up some interesting points.I've read the majority of the comments and while I do agree but it is only to certain extent. As much as everyone wants to just support the "Human Race". Its not that cut and dry. You can choose not to pick a side but that doesn't change the fact you were already born into one. The side you were born into is based on your skin color, culture, and country of origin. You also choose sides based on what you draw, what you like, who you hang out with, and how you think. The world as whole from the animal kingdom,plant life, and even on the microscopic level are all diverse and DIFFERENT. Some animals,plants,ect dominate over other others. Humanity is an animal but yet we are considered to be on top of the food chain.

Humanity just like the rest of the planet, yes we are all connected but we are all different based on the things listed above. Only difference is that some ethnic and race groups have dominance over others. Whether it be by force or establishing ones culture as a pillar for others. To ignore these facts by being color blind and naive is just as detrimental as being one sided when it comes to race.

There are numerous beautiful cultures and the world and many beautiful things about each and every ethnic group. Yet even though you, I, and many here draw what we like we are also selfish and one sided in what we are representing on a small scale. Appealing to the status quo grants you more acceptance as a whole by your peers in chosen art style, more job opportunities, and less stress because its more comfortable. Sadly not many are open to other cultures that are not the status quo or meet the standards placed by the dominant race or ethnic group.

I just choose to accept humanity as a whole but I know enough to realize that we are all different and things have been set in place that none of us can completely devolve from.

I'm sure you mean well and I know you do. But your journal to some people(like REVLAKE) can come off as an excuse for "selling out". "Selling out" doesn't just mean you turn your back on your people. It also means you have that you have choose to not always acknowledge your culture for whatever reasons.

For example I have quite a few black OC's but I have yet to put them in my gallery.Because I'm trying to gain "street cred" among the fan artist community and comic community as a whole. I'm suppressing aspects of my culture in hopes that I get noticed in a community that doesn't draw a lot of black characters. So in a sense I am "selling out". The truth is that the rules of "game"( pertaining to art standards in a chosen genres) have already been established for the last 20 yrs. So the old adage of " Don't hate the player, hate the game" also applies. The country is built upon the principles of the "American Dream". The fact is that many other cultures and ethnic groups had to suppress parts of their culture(ie "sell out") in order to adapt and get ahead in American society.

In order to get noticed in the fanart community I got to draw characters that are recognizable by the fan base.Sadly most of those characters are white or asian. And they are drawn by mostly white or asian people in this industry.


I guess all I'm saying is keep doing what you do.Just keep in mind that because of who you are and the color of your skin does come some form of representation.Whether you want it to or not.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man. And of course it does, my skin color will always shoot off either a negative stereotype or positive representation. I'm just explaining that I have a neutral stance towards it all, s'all. They can call it selling out, I call it not getting involved in it. :nod:
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Bfetish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel you bro. Its all good ^_^.
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TokenABC Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for posting this
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Bfetish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen Bro.

I'm kinda in the same boat.But at the same time I was born in the late 70's.And both sides of my family are from the south. So I know a lot of the racial injustices that have happened against our people. I was also growing up in a time where I still have experienced some forms of racial discrimination. During my high school yrs I was more of an activist even though at the same time, like you I was viewed differently and even ostracized by my own people who had a "hood rat mentality". Because I was bullied and messed with by my own people who wanted to act like thugs and gangstas I came to disassociate with them.

When I decided to get into art my influences was mainly american comic book artists.Sadly even though I was( and still am) an X-men fan, other than this series there wasn't much diversity racially when it came to characters and the actual artists that drew them. Its also the same when it comes to video games,manga,and anime which are also my other influences.

So the lack of black characters in my gallery is not really a surprise. Like you I draw what I like and feel pleasure in drawing. I am also a perv who likes asian women or women with jet black hair lol.

I feel that as black artists especially the talented ones we should have some sense of giving back and some responsibility of representing our culture in a positive way. You can't go through life on this planet completely color blind. Because you would be ignorant of the many different cultures that other races and ethnic groups embody. When I was a young artist seeing or recognizing professional black comic book artists or writers inspired me. Sadly there are not many of us in the industry. Half of the reason is not many of us don't choose comic book style art as a profession and the other half is partly due to discrimination. The fact is many of the pros and those in this profession are white and asian. And I'm not hating on that. But because these two ethnic groups dominate the landscape it leads to preferential bias in the hiring process.But that's just how the world works. Most people are most comfortable hiring and working with their own people.

Things these days are slowly changing though.If your good, your good and people will take notice and give you an opportunity. But you have to do things that they do.If your gallery was full of black characters and afro-centric art would Udon have invited you to join their crew? Even though you are really good probably not,because that is not what they do as a group/studio.

At the end of the day you and I are still african american in this country and that's the way it is.As much as we as human beings hate to be defined by the color of our skin and our culture, we are. As african american artists we should celebrate and represent our culture in a positive light. I find it slightly disturbing that most character representations of black people in comics,manga, video games, and anime are created by non black people. We as african american artists are behind when it comes to representing ourselves in the "geek entertainment" industries. Sadly since there are so few of us we do end up representing our people as a whole.Whether we want that responsibility or not.

When I first saw your art was like cool this person is pretty good. But when I saw your picture on your page and noticed that you were black like me I was overly impressed and was like wow! Whether you wanted it to happen or not you inspired me to raise my game. Just because you are black like me and drawing a style of art that I like to draw. You have become a role model and you didn't want to. That's the price for being good and being the best a what you do.You represent a change in the status quo and hope for other black artists.

Pro black art may not be what your into. But I feel you,me, and other black artists do need to offer and provide more positive representations of our culture by drawing more characters of our people. I'm tired of the many black geeks in general who cry and moan about the lack of black characters in american forms of comics,animation, and video games. So we need to do something about it. You will see more black characters in my gallery soon.

I find it funny that I have never got hated on for not drawing enough black characters. People criticize me for how big I draw my female characters breasts ^_^.

Mack
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
And this is why I don't show my face. It's not because I'm afraid someone will recognize me and go "OH MY GOD I HAD NO IDEA YOU DREW LIKE THIS" for better or worse. It's because people judge. Harshly. If I look a certain way, I have to act a certain way, and if I don't, I must be the worst of the stereotype they can imagine. We're all human and (unless in a dangerous situation) we should NEVER hold ridiculous expectations of how someone should act. We live in a culture where people think "If you're not for me, you're against me." I say we just live the way we want to live and let others live the way they want to live.

Keep doing what you want to do. :thumbsup:
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Snow-Bandit Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought I was the only chocolate man that felt this way, good to see this. Your race should have nothing to do with your passion for art. Art is like love, it's universal, anyone and everyone is allowed to interpret it in their own way. :D Well said man, well said.
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SChan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
You draw what you wanna draw man. If people want more drawings of this or that, no matter what kind of thing it is, they should get some talent or pay up to commission people to draw it for them.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, that's the important thing. :nod:
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Rasheedzee Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Draw what you want, dude. tell those folks to "kick rocks".
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purplerubyred Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thumbs up on your answer. We need more humans in this world who don't fill their lifetime obsessing/getting angry about race and racial pride.
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Kazali Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I definitely got the "why do you always draw white people?" comment, but I got the same flack because I generally don't like rap music. People are weird (and stupid) like that, no matter what color they are. Mad props to you for doing what the !@#$ you want.
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animetayl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, bravo. I rarely comment on people's journals, let alone people's journals I happen to just stumble upon, but I love your mentality about how all races treat other races like crap. It is not an exclusive thing. I don't believe in doing that, no matter where it is coming from and it needs to be pointed out no matter which race is doing it.

I'm glad that you chose to pursue what you enjoyed without falling for what other people wanted or expected from you. This is why we have so many sheeple out there.
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TripOnAcidRainbows Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I can definitely relate to this being black and highly into anime when I was younger, I would get the "sell out" comment all the time. It didn't help that I was raised in a predominately white area, so whenever I would run into any other black people I'd just get a ton of commentary on how I had "sold out". But really, I was/am just a nerdy kid, who was raised in a house hold where we had everyone over, and I saw all kinds of people.
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Xerses Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
...Amen..
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BLAZR-SAN Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I AGREE, Rob! the concept of race is rather hyper-abstract to me, to be honest.

Let's face it: It don't matter who a person is, they are irrevocably HUMAN; I am always pleasantly surprised when people from another ethnicity accept me or people who aren't of their background, because, when you get down to the grim reality, a large part of the human populace has been ethnically CLOISTERED (as opposed to being a harmonious community, something what we are insufficiently taught, if any). What I mean by "cloistered" is types of people stick with their "own people", "brothers/sisters" or "color". I even hear things like "those of their lineage/society", which is a painful insult to me by the way: What, because of the uniqueness of their color or ethnic background they have a higher or more specialized master status, or whatever they are hinting?? I have a few rebuttals to this mindset:

FIRST, there is no different human: We all evolved as a singular sentient race, despite the environmental- and resource-determined diversity; SECOND, there is no such thing as a superior color, or status of any kind: The concept of "status" is just a bullshit way of excusing a rash, harmful, or even at times VIOLENT, behavioral FLAW. Those people who believe in statuses are unwilling or incapable of taking a realistic view of their flaw and have no wish to change it either way.

Robaato, you have struck gold. I will pass this along in a new Journal Entry.

You are ALL more than welcome to chime in. Brothers. Family. The collective Sentience that is HUMAN.

Check out my Journal and LET LOOSE the shackles of racial antiquity.
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terrthom Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
ITS VERY FUNNY TO ME HOW A BLACK ARTIST WHO DRAWS ALL BLACK PEOPLE SOMEWHERE IS SEEN AS ROCKING THE UNIVERSAL "EVERYBODY IS AWESOME" BOAT. WHY IS IT SUCH A ISSUE. LET ME SAY THIS SLOWLY ,WHAT YOU DRAW IS UP TO YOU. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DERISIVENESS CAPACITY TO BE COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTICALLY VIABLE WHEN FOR ARTISTIC EMPLOYMENT AND COMMISSION. WHEN YOU DONT SEE YOUR BLACK FACE IT IS NATURAL TO REPRESENT YOURSELF,IT UNNATURAL WHEN FEEL YOUR OBLIGATED AS IF FAIR REPRESENTATION IS A BURDEN. SAYING THERE'S NOT A LOT BLACK PEOPLE HERE ONLY SEGWAYS RIGHT BACK AFOREMENTIONED,NATURAL REACTION TO CREDITABLY FILL THE GAP. YOU KNOW YOU ARE UNDERREPRESENTED. THIS IS MUCH DEEPER (PERCEPTION,INSECURITY,SELF HATE, IDEALISM) WHEN YOU SAY HAVING ARTISTIC PRIDE IN YOUR BLACKNESS IS SUCH A DREADED THING
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
...from what I understand with your comment, you agree that it's up to the person. And that is all that counts to me.
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REVLAKE Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
[link]

I dare anyone to refute what this guys saying.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bringing up the dead RE5 race debate...

It's funny because it took them 4 games to get to black zombies. 3 games to get to spaniards. The first 3 consisted of white people.

I'm surprised people weren't happy that they featured Africa as the locale, ain't like they were showing any favoritism before 4 and 5. </sarcasm>

Get off this horse dude, no one cares if you're riding it.
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Shotomanexe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
"I was in a crew for years and we made a ton of Rap music and such."

What ever happened to those tracks/mixtape/album?
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REVLAKE Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
"In their gallery, every drawing is of a black person with cultural thematics spread all around, hip-hop being seen the most"

But this also applies to most of the Manga, Anime artist community. Its of their ethnicity/racial make up, wouldn't that be considered taking pride in ones race and disregarding those that aesthetically deviate from those looks. Thats the point im getting at. Its exactly the same.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
...Not really, because anime & manga is a genre/choice of style, not a choice of race. It's not the same thing at all.
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REVLAKE Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Ok, well what about black manga artist? Are they pulling for their race if you see that in thier gallery? Is it then applicable to you?
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A style doesn't equal race man. There are Japanese people that draw in a western "superhero" comic style. Some European folks draw in a manga'ish style.

None of this is further applicable as I explained my stance in detail to you already, sir. You're turning everything into the "race card", and it's getting a tad annoying, to say the least.
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REVLAKE Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
But europeans and western civilization heavily influenced anime and manga style. The default is still prevalent before the point of conceptualizing characters. So the "race card" decision is made to keep the characters with a likeness of who they as a primary. Where as they (Entertainment industry) don't value you or those who look like you. So you're likely to get far by drawing what you draw for the most part because they fit the agenda created with the inclusion of race.

[link] KNOWLEDGE

"Japanese Game Characters, still take most of their design cues from the anime and manga scenes. where in the curious 20th century Japanese fixation of ALL THINGS WESTERN, has lead to a long tradition of their comic and cartoon characters looking overwhemingly causcasian alot of the time(MEGA MAN, SAILOR MOON, ASTRO BOY)." All characters that are in your gallery.

You can't just prioritize the lighter skinned established characters and try and justify it as "the human race" When that is not the truth, you dont see everyone the same. What about also Native American, taino, middle eastern, persian, Austrailian Aborigine, Polynesian, Maori, Hispanic/Latino peoples. All are living and existent people for you to inject the industry with originality.

Im here to help unplug you from the supremisist system. And its other comments on here that agree with this fact as well, but you ignored them.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
HAHAHA, really dude? You don't have to "unplug" me from anything man, I didn't ask to be "unplugged".

I'll draw what I want to draw. End of discussion.
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REVLAKECC Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
You can't rebuttal truth. And i thought my opinion didn't matter, im beneath you right? I just started this week and I opining on your art. Im not gonna kiss up like these other people when you've shown who you truly are. But i know i did something right by making you make this journal maybe your guilty will wake you up.

Sad that you have to paid to draw ppl that look like you....
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Neo-Anton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL XD , funnest thing i reed , for so many reason!
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macprodukshunz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow I have sometimes experienced that, because Im black, but I am light skinned so my argument would be Im drawing my skin color. I am mixed with Native American, German, and Black so I can usually argue my way out of that situation. You are VERY right about the whole one big family thing. The word RACE is often misused. Race denotes that we in a survival competition, and we are, with the PLANTS, ANIMALS, and OTHER SPECIES, NOT each other. Humans are ONE RACE. I am black, but light skinned, and american. There some dark skinned black americans, some will say we are the same race, and some will define me as not PURE black. Even Obama had to deal with not being PURE black. What is PURE BLACK, or WHITE or ASIAN? I was watching Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and you wont believe how many white people found out they have slave ancestors, or black people who are related to Slave owners. There is only a small percentage of the world that are aboriginal in their ethnicity. The word race has been misused to define three DIFFERENT characteristics. ETHNICITY is family history, NATIONALITY is the birth country, and SKIN COLOR is how much melanin is on you. With Jeremy Lin, who people assumed was Chinese, his ethnicity: Taiwanese, Nationality: USA, and skin color is light yellow. People just use one word race to categorized people when actually there are three distinct characteristics. There are many countries that share one ethnicity at once (like in the middle east most of the nations are filled with Arabs), and other countries were each country is mixed with multiple ethnicities (like the US). And with my example: Nationality is USA, my ethnicity is 86% black, but my skin color is light, because of the other 14% is Native American (Sequoia) and German.
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SmithByDesign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I totally get that. I am mixed father white from Canada, mother black from Jamaica. I spent my early childhood in a predominantly Caucasian school and i drew however i pleased. Moved to Jamaica in my teens and drew however i pleased watching everything from disney to streamline. Funny thing was going to an all boy school not an issue. Its when i went college i had a problem. That same promote your kind thing hit, and i got criticized that my artwork looked like anime. The joke was it didn't. But it wasn't what they wanted to see. So i feel you on that. I actually got grilled by two people about that about a month ago and i said the world has enough black awareness in it, and i will draw blacks, but i draw everyone whether it be white or purple for that matter. Good on you.
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blaqueOX Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Much props and respect to you man.
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bureiku Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I know exactly where you're coming from. I go through the same thing. Used to be from some of my own family. "Why don't you create any black people with super powers?" I do, I just don't make ALL of them at way. Cause that's not the way the world is. I think people are starting to learn, I'm just gonna draw what the funk I want. And you already said you're doing the same so keep the art coming. No complaints here.
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dragonfriend7738 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
The only thing that I have to say about this is that I am opposed to the concept that there are different 'races' to begin with. As far as I'm concerned, we are all the Human race, and the rest is just cultural differences.

The concept of humans being separated into various different 'racial groups' only allows people to start thinking of other culturally different people as something other than what they see themselves, which is human. Once you do that, you open the door for people to be able to allow themselves to do horrible things to others because they are 'different' and 'different' equals 'not human' in their mind somewhere.

Until we as a culture, nation, or species can get over that thought process, there will always be some form of discrimination based upon details of a person that they have no control over.
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's your art work and Style Rob. I had the same issues *Not the Racist part.* But pretty close to the whole. You need to change this and that in your story BS. It's your work man, it's your style man. It none of someone ease business to tell you that "you must" draw more of this and that.

Where Artists, where here to have fun and learn from others. With out the "You Must" BS.
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Ohitslife Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
exactly I agree with everything you say here, shoot we have different cultures but race does not decide love at all, love is not biased to anything.
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Mudchaser Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
God bless you man.
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Cab-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man I can't even begin to describe how much I agree with this. Amen, Hallelujah, and Peanut Butter.
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funkyalien Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes! A thousand times yes! I couldn't agree with you more.

So what if an artist is black, white, asian or whatever? Sure it's nice to represent your own race every now and then, but to be expected to do it just because you happen to be of a particular race is just foolish. People think that it would be showing racial pride and such, but it might just be making the divide worse in some respects.

Also have to agree with you about the history. Of course the Civil Rights Movement is important, and of course it's shaped a huge part of the world we're in now, but like you, I was born in the 80s and I'm not going to use that time as an excuse for anything I do now. I wish people would get that into their heads - some of the stuff I see black people doing is just embarrassing, and using stuff that didn't even happen to them is just an excuse for stupid behaviour. I don't particularly hold a lot of pride over being black (as I've debated with my dad once before).

That's not to say I have no pride at all, but I'd rather just say I'm happy to be black rather than prideful. To me, pride just gets in the way of judgement because most refuse to see past what they believe about themselves and their people as a whole. I actually have a huge amout of respect for the people that pushed for equal rights way back in the day. I think it's a milestone that America has a black president, regardless of the current popular opinion of him. I just don't see any sense in the blind pride behind it, but that's just me. I say respect people for who they are as people rather than for their race.

I'll get of my soapbox though, I don't wanna rant too much. :)
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Robaato Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And that's what people get hung up on, the pride. Some people are alluding to the fact that I have no blown-up sense of pride to being that I'm not happy with the skin I'm in, when that's truly not what I'm saying here.

Thanks for that rant bro, it definitely contributed to the conversation (and in addition, what I was trying to get out lol). =)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I respect that about you.:) I've been in similar situations. It will be a long story but I can relate to a few things here.
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JakFudo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate when people ask me this. My cousin always ask "Why you always draw white people" , He just doesnt see my pictures of African Americans
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DavidAlexma Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I was shocked that you were black honestly. I'm neutral because this industry is soooooooo one sided. There is hardly any equality in this profession what so ever. Its dominated by whites and to know someone as talented doesn't really care about "the agenda" is kinda disheartening to be completely honest. On the contrary you should be able to draw what ever the fuck you damn please, REGARDLESS of what people think. Do you man, do you.
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MacCarrickLuv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait, was there actually an argument about all this??People really reach for reasons to bitch about things. :I
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MacCarrickLuv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*High fives*
FUDGE YES! D:<
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