I get that. Representation matters. Art matters. Representation in art matters.
The thing is when I draw people, I usually just draw myself (and I don’t mean “I draw white girls like me”. I mean “I’m literally just drawing myself”) because I’m trying to represent my own life, voice, and thoughts. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t draw men + people of color instead, and the reason is that I don’t want to accidentally steal or appropriate anyone’s voice. I think that as a brown girl, you should get a say as to how brown girls are represented in art. I, however, have no right to decide how you’re being represented, but that’s what would happen if I was the one representing you.
I think the easiest solution would be for a person of color to collaborate with me. If anyone’s interested, this is how it would work: You’d tell me your ideas, your thoughts, your stories, and I’d try to draw them the way you want me to draw them. You’d get credit for your words, ideas and/or anything you came up with, and I’d take credit for my drawings. If you’re interested, you can email me at Pleasestopbeingsad@gmail.com.
The most absolutely perfect idea and argument I’ve heard on this issue.