So this is my attempt at a steampunk Indian character. I was irritated into it by bad depictions of Western-aesthetic-pretty Indian Girlies in fake saris. Her hair is partly “inspired” by the Indian-rapunzels, because like Battameez, I cannot imagine an Indian woman with that much hair left unbraided.
I’ve tentatively named her Amrita Bai, but that’s probably not period-accurate so it’s subject to change as I do more research. Her family’s from Tamilnadu, & are Vishwakarma caste (specifically metalsmiths, I assume), but they moved to one of the forts under Shivaji’s control, and she’s training under a mechanical artificer there. — All subject to change as I do more research. (Plz do tell me if this is faily somehow…)
Real saris are hard. And group-specific; this is a Tamil-brahmin 9-yard sari, and probably not quite period accurate but I’m not sure how it’d be different. No blouse, because this is from my no-British-Raj alternate India. I haven’t actually worn a 9-yard sari myself, so I’m not at all sure I have the folds right on this one. But I did get input from my mother, who has.
Anyway ya know what’s not hard? Making her skin dark. I find that dark skin is so much easier to get looking human rather than zombie than pale skin is, so extra wtf to those whitewashers who say it’s haaaard.
And now I run off to the doctor.
reblogged it before, but always worth reblogging steampunk POC characters who lack Victoriana
All of a sudden I want a video game with her as the protagonist. She has to fix shit in between shooting people in order to… save the universe? Whatever. There’s a dirigible, it’s awesome.
Y’know… I can’t do video games, but the story I want her in could easily enough be a storynexus game. If/when I have the energy to write it. And do art. And all the background research. haha.
Daisy by Ben Torode.
I almost never reblog cat pics because I’m allergic to cats ffs, but THIS KITTEN
*ded of cute*
*possibly also allergies*
If I ever tell you I’m going to sleep and then you see me posting or liking things online for about an hour immediately after that, I promise I wasn’t lying to you, I’m just bad at going to sleep and it is usually a long process that begins with disengaging from any sort of immediate contact with people (chats, for example) and ends when everything on my screen is blurry and I’m hallucinating plot points I haven’t written yet
In my case it normally means I’m toowiped to sleep, which I don’t recommend
I love how potato in French is pomme de terre, which pretty much means “earth apple.”
like what stupid frenchman saw this:
and said “zis petite légume looks like a, how you say, APPLE! hmmm… but it grows in ze earth… HON HON HON! MAIS OUI! C’EST UNE POMME DE TERRE!”
j’adore comment ananas se dit pineapple en anglais, ce qui veut littéralement dire “pomme de pin”, genre quel type anglais a vu ça:
et s’est dit : “ow cette étrange big fruit ressemble à une, how do you say, POMME! hmmm… mais plutôt une pomme qui pousse dans les pins… HU HU HU! OH YES, IT’S A PINEAPPLE!”
(z’avez vu, on peut le faire aussi… hon hon hon!)
I love all of this but mostly I love how nobody knows that “apple” used to be a generic word for “fruit” any more ^-^
Dear Shwetanarayan; I really love your picture of the Steampunk Indian Woman, and I wanted to know, if I could repost it on my blog? I am a turkish queer person from Germany; I am really into Steampunk and I adore this picture. My blog is not my tumblr; its name is rumbaumeln (.) blogsport (.) eu
Absolutely! Though I’d like to have attribution on it, with a link back to the original post. And thank you both for the appreciation and for asking :)
your 'steampunk Indian character' drawing is amazing! I love it so much :D and she's tamil <3 thank you thank you thank you <333
Thank you back! <3
I keep meaning to get back to her and figure out an actually in-period sari (for 1650s rather than early 1900s argh), but brain where is that what is that IDEK these days…
Hey, made a tumblr just to contact you after seeing the amazing steampunk character :) ... I hate to pester, but since this is the only other art I've yet seen embracing South Asian women and steampunk, I wondered if I could share my novel with you? It is not in India, truth be told it's not Earth at all, but it is a close mirror and struggles to be a solid adventure series with women of color at the fore and dealing with colonialism, racism, queer themes. Sorry if breaking a rule, i'm new here!
While I’d love to read more about all these things in theory, right now I am really sick and everything is word soup, and I can’t read anything :(
I’m not even managing to read the things I’m supposed to for my editing position or for the couple friends who have sent me stuff.
And I don’t even know if/when I’m going to get better, so I can’t even say “ping me again in X months” :(
That said, I think there are a number of people here who have shared interests! So maybe I can at least be a connection point? For people who want fiction for our kinds of people!
what just happened I have gotten more followers in the last few hours than I previously did in weeks and there are more messages waiting for me than there ever have been - ok that’s only 4 but I’m still a bit scared where did all these people come from
I mostly reblog stuff ok and I am often a lot more confrontational than in the pretty pictures, so if you don’t like that feel free to wander off.
Why aren’t more people freaking out about the new Venezuelan labor law?