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.
I appreciate youropinion. Myintention wasto create agraphicallyaestheticpiece, withoutracialconnotations. It was not mypurposeto offend anyonewhenI createdthisillustration. It is onlya piece offantasy.A concept.
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.
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.