Introducing Skin Color Naturally
Anonymous asked: My main character is African American. Can I just say outright that her skin is black or would that be offensive?
It’s not offensive to be blunt about a character’s race. You’ll want to work it in naturally, though, as you would any telling detail in your story. For example, something introductory along the lines of these would be perfectly fine:
- She was African American, the deep brown complexion she inherited from her mother, though her eyes, dark as smoke, she definitely got from her father.
- He pegged her as African-American, with the rich coloring of golden copper.
- She shifted in her chair, feeling awkward. Being the only Black girl in the room, everyone’s eyes instantly locked on her as the professor… [etc etc]
It really depends on the moment and the story’s style how you’d like to introduce race (especially if race doesn’t exist as we know it in your story). There’s certain aspects to consider, though, such as narrative voice.
Here is a book passage that clearly and naturally introduces the race of the main character:
- Most people would chalk me up as your basic offspring of a mixed-raced marriage. I had skin people of poetic bent called Café au lait and which I called, to myself at least, ‘my daddy shagged a White woman’ brown. I had in-between hair, a thick umber mane that resisted dreadlocks, braids, and every other form of styling. And I had Dad’s features, or so my Aunt Aggie always told me, which I liked; all of Dad’s pictures pegged him for a looker of the Denzel Washington variety. -Faerie Blood, Angela Korra’ti
This paragraph is jam-packed with indications of the character’s race (and also, character voice). We learn she’s Black and White not just because she mentions being the offspring of a mixed-race marriage, seeing as that can be a mix of anything, but because she makes the “daddy shagged a White woman” jest, notes how Afro hairstyles don’t work with her (which builds the assumption of her being part Black) and then compares her father to a Black celebrity.
Here are some examples of descriptors of the character’s race threaded throughout the story. This is from Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright.
- "Heart pounding, I stayed close to the buildings, hoping my brown skin would blend with the night’s shadows. Cold rain dripped into my eyes. My wet dreadlocks fell onto my face, sticking to my cheeks and blocking my view." (Skin tone noted in comparison to settings, hair noted in similar fashion as the elements affect the character’s hair)
- "You’re a sexy Mixie, aren’t you? Dark, like chocolate. You Haitian?" (See! This was a major creep. No choco no. Anyhow, someone else noting the character’s race, another method)
- "I don’t find that funny." I backed away from him and crossed my arms around my chest. "Especially since i’m Black. Cut to the chase, and tell me what’s going on." (Situational instance of noting race)
So you see, there’s no one way to introduce a character’s race and there’s definitely nothing wrong with being blunt. Be creative about it, and as you would with any story, and spot out those natural openings where character description would be appropriate.
I have yet to play KH2 or KH3D - but I noticed Riku gets a haircut in Dream Drop Distance and I guess there was quite a backlash among fans for it?
In my head, I just imagined him saying, it’s really hard to fight with long hair in my face, hey Sora, can you cut it for me? And Sora is all surethingofcourse.
Only Riku brought the latest issue of Spider-Man to read during his hair-cut and Sora loves Spider-Man (because a hero that has to deal with school-work on top of saving the world is something he easily relates to?) so he’s not doing a good job of paying attention while cutting Riku’s hair. If this is how it went down, then I am perfectly fine with him having shorter locks.
Hopefully will ink ‘n color this one in the near future.
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Well, this is quite helpful. Here you are.
I think an important thing to note is that people aren’t one type only! So you may find that though you’re an “I” some of the “E” things also apply to you. The MBTI personality types will identify the thought processes that you’re most likely to use but each person has the potential to use all of them. So you don’t have to expect a person to adhere to all those items in the list for their type.
this scene really gets to me and it’s hard to articulate why
like sora hears this and he’s just so…so sad about it? he’s shocked and saddened and you can tell his brain just cannot really process this information at all
DDD reveals sora as the hero NOT because he’s a special person chosen by the keyblade, but because of his willingness to open his heart (literally and figuratively) to other people and form mutually supportive bonds—the “my friends are my power” idea that we first got all the way back against Riku in hollow bastion in KH1 and that comes back to us again in DDD. so he’s the perfect foil to Xehanort, who not only uses people, but consumes them, subsumes others’ hearts into his own to further his own self. Normally extremes of giving and taking are portrayed as positive and negative respectively, but with sora and xehanort the symbolism is reversed; sora is a good person because he is willing to take in others’ hearts, xehanort’s evil is displayed by him giving out pieces of his own heart to possess and destroy others.
it also really strikes me (in a painful way) that sora says you tricked your friends because it’s a weird choice of words and yet for Sora it’s the only choice of words because “friends” is his autopilot setting, he can’t even fathom what it would be like to chronically manipulate and dominate and lie to a bunch of people day in and day out. when sora meets someone new, as long as they aren’t threatening him or his friends, his default approach to others is to immediately accept them as worth caring about and getting to know better
that’s actually really really special and idk
sora is a good kid man
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So I went to a pond party for my co-workers at my bosses house… and he has a 5,000 gallon pond and i
i can’t speak there are no words look at those fish
Like, I’m so mad at myself for not getting anything to give you a sense of their size. They were all easily 4’+ and GIRTHY oh my fucking god you guys. He DUG THE POND BY SHOVEL 10 YEARS AGO THOSE ARE 10 YEAR OLD KOI
His backyard was also meticulously maintained, his garden was freaking insanely nice. YOU GUYS HE HAD A 175 GALLON TANK INSIDE AND IT WAS AMAZING AND A NANO ~8 GALLON SALTWATER NEXT TO IT AND IT BLEW MY TANK OUT OF THE WATER AND IT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE ANY FUCKING CORALS
MY CREW RUNS HARD SON THE FUCK DO YOU EVEN KNOW
I AM SUPER JEALOUS NOT ONLY OF HIS SETUPS BUT OF THE FACT THAT YOU GOT TO SEE THESE SETUPS KJDHKDJ
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