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INDIAN by chuma INDIAN by chuma
Done! I've finished my work.
Watercolors & Pencils

Comments and favs much appreciated

You can buy this print here: society6.com/chuma
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NekoKisshuLover Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww, this is beautiful,
it's not a complete overload of colour, but it's stunning
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chuma Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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lobodorado Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
great work, so inspirational
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chuma Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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one-rook Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's lovely, but it is also problematic.  What you seem to have done is drawn what looks to me like a conventionally attractive white girl, and added two stereotypical symbols - face paint and a feather headdress - using these symbols to indicate the "Indian" look.  I don't want to give the wrong impression: I'm not saying this is a catastrophic problem or anything.  But it continues an old and unfortunate pattern of turning a diverse group of people into a set of basic symbols.  We tend to cram all that is "Indian" inside the band of a feather headdress, and make it into art pieces for mostly non-Indian audiences because it's prettier and easier than recognizing the diversity and reality of a real ethnic group.  Put another way, you might ask yourself, would you make a drawing like this that says "Asian" with a white person wearing a traditional Vietnamese hat?  Probably not.  So why do it with Native Americans?

I don't mean this to make you feel bad or to insult the art piece - it really is very pretty.  I just want people to think more about the effects and the meanings behind what they create.
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chuma Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate your opinion.
My
intention was to create a graphically aesthetic piece, without racial connotations.
It was not my
purpose to offend anyone when I created this illustration.
It is only
a piece of fantasy. A concept.
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one-rook Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the reply!  I assumed you weren't making something offensive on purpose, and I understand how easy it is to do it accidentally.  The solution is always to think outside yourself about who and what your art represents, beyond the original intention.  Something like this will have racial/cultural/political connotations far beyond what you might ever expect.

Thanks again for the courteous response.
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chuma Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome.
I like the opinion from other people about my work. Also I like to know different point of view.

Thanks for your response.
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Imperial-Lychee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
It's so rare to see someone make a point about a piece of art in a respectful manner, and for the artist to reply politely and not defensively. I honestly wish there was more of this on this site and many others.
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AkiriJojo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool :) which colours do you use???
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