I wanted to create an image that used the Color Pallet called skintones. Yet, I do not know if people would find the same face with many skintones offensive. Also afterwards I was wondering if the Nose turned out such. I was trying for shading with the lines.
I was thinking of calling the piece, ‘Skin Deep’ on the fact that skin color is only skin deep, but society can base so much on it. I will admit that I was so nervous about my artwork being possibly seen as Racist (as a white female who drew someone brown skinned for no real reason) that I disguised my need to draw someone with brown skin as Tree People.
Later in Art Class, I wanted to make a Brown Skinned Mermaid, but unsure I opted to change the skin color to green lest my lack of skill offend.
I have always felt Racial topics deeply. In High School an African American (one of the only in my class) wanted to go on a date with me. Yet, I didn’t want a boyfriend. My best friend really was pushing the relationship. In the end I started suspecting that rumors were going around that I was Racist because I had refused the relationship.
So I kind of developed a complex, where I was afraid that people would think my strangeness (I might be on the Autistic Spectrum) as Racism. As a result, when I first meet an African American whom I don’t know, the complex pops up. I, therefore, start acting even stranger because I am worried about being seen as Racist.
Online, I have seen the Politically Correct individuals declare war on those who they perceive as Racist a number of times. My nervousness about doing artwork about skin color turns out has having been justified. For as a Irish/Germain/French Canadian Blooded Individual, what right would Society think I have to do artwork about Skin Color.
So if this offends you, I am sorry, but I need to write my experience. I need to be able to do artwork about skin colors. I could have easily switched to another Pallet of Shades of Green/Blue etc just to avoid being offensive. The image would than be a meaningless picture of a face.
You know, I am glad I unknowingly (until looking at it after) made the nose offensive. I am tried of expression being choked out of everything in order to make it Politically Correct. I reserve the right to use any color pallet of colors that exist.