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Character Study: Black WoC by Ai-Bee Character Study: Black WoC by Ai-Bee
Hey guys! :wave:
Happy december! My thanksgiving was ~+*spectacular*+~, but now I return... with arts. ヽ( ★ω★)ノ

This was something I did over a period of a few months or so.. I wanted to thoroughly check how varied my skintones, hair-preferences, facial features, and naming conventions were to make sure there wasn't an imbalance of any one thing. I had a bad history of using pretty light skintones on just about everything when I started creating PoC characters, and I was worried that I still did it without thinking sometimes... but with that said, I'm pretty happy with the turnout of this! *waves tiny flag*

These are all main characters of various original stories of mine (ones developed enough to be drawn, anyway) but I can already think of three or more off the top of my head that I didn't include here because they're still concepts. *lays on side sadly* (I had to force myself to stop) This is also not counting like my pokemon gijinkas, since I haven't designed most of them yet either. Also no guys' version for now, though I plan on doing something fun with all my male identifying OCs sometime though! ;P If I can in the future (and don't outgrow this style by then, ahhh) I'll add more characters to this.

I also would very much love love to do more sets like these for my other WoC as well, but that relies on my free time. We'll see!

And now, a bulletpoints about each of them; starting at the center top with Charli and going clockwise! If they don't have links, I don't have a satisfactory drawing of them yet/this is their first updated debut. Please note not everyone is human... seems obvious enough? :XD: A lot of them are super-heroines, or magical girls. I won't be upset if you don't read it though ahahaha OTL/// /talks to self instead

:bulletred: Charli: [Asanbosam] She does slam poetry, enjoys beatnik culture, and adores caramel flavored beverages.
:bulletorange: Theodora: Dora is slightly reluctant magical girl, a history major, trans*woman, and a walking encyclopedia. Hardly ever smiles.
:bulletblue: Linette: From another time, a medieval knight-in-training that loves adventure and naturally inclined to help people. She falls in love with a grumpy witch.
:bulletpink: Natifah: Tiffy's trying to recover from her rough history. She loves nail art and cute makeup cases and her new unexpected boyfriend. She'd like to be a hairstylist if she could afford college. Abagael's younger sister.
:bulletorange: Trae: A short tempered tomboy with a lot of misplaced anger and a pretty rough life. A klepto and a pyromaniac. Is bestowed fire powers and dons the title "Salamander."
:bulletgreen: Shawntay: Shawn's a solitary, tech-savvy computer wizz who works at a computer parts shop- Discovers computer chips that give her cyber-mech abilities and armor. But what about the other chips? oooh!
:bulletpurple: Wynona: A laid-back, vain, intimidating beauty. Doesn't typically throw around her temper but is quite proud. She likes wine a little too much and it ends up giving her an ability she never expected.
:bulletblue: Irinora: [Giant from this fantasy race- her element is water.] She's a little scary and hardly ever seen, nevermind heard. Not much is known about her...
:bulletred: Teresa: [Apple Tree Hamadryad, "Monster High fancharacter.] She's very go-green and is also rather tall, at about 6'5".
:bulletyellow: Danica: [Lamia] her family is from Egypt. A fierce bellydancer and a bit of a maneater; good friends with Nadia.
:bulletred: Elise: Tormented by night-terrors, paranoid, and a little bit on the edge. Would really just like some friends. Can see "shadows."
:bulletpurple: Rorie: A quiet, to-herself person. Avid appreciator of music, oftentimes found with earbuds, plugged in. Has ice powers and knows how to use them, though.
:bulletorange: Sorrel: [eagle harpy] a steadfastly loyal friend, and a big sister personality. Very protective of those in her Nest, and proudly bears the law-enforcement position of Valkyrie.
:bulletblue: Jess: A New York ladykiller thrust back home to her dusty rural Texas hometown. Vain, proud, and smug as all get-out. She's half Spaniard.
:bulletblue: Kristyn: An extremely frail/ill girl but wise past her years. Has an endless fascination with astrology and gains superpowers from another planet.
:bulletpurple: Abagael: No-nonsense and street-smart. Intensely protective of her friends despite struggling with her own inner demons. Dyes her hair far too much, which inspired her younger sister Natifah to do the same.
:bulletpurple: Georgie: A quiet studious tomboy with a lot to say but not many friends to say it to. Can't see a thing without her glasses. Gets earth powers from a bashful but intelligent little mole.
:bulletgreen: Quinn: Japanese-American. Suffers from a little bit of bad luck, but works hard for her dad and little brother despite that. She's a stick that could use a good yank out of the mud.
:bulletyellow: Nadia: [succubus] Fashion-model in the making- sharp and intimidating as she is gorgeous, but she's honestly mild and relaxed about most things. It's just her intense face. Good friends with Danica.
:bulletblue: Belle: [TMM fancharacter] A to-be science major wholly invested in entomology. A bit of an oddball, lovely and eccentric, but probably more observant than what would make you comfortable to know.
:bulletpink: Avril: Grumpy gus cybergoth girl opinionated to her grave. However, she's levelheaded and her reasoning is sound if you can get past her bark and general meanness. Also gains superpowers from another planet.


:faint: ...Well, if you read all that, have a gold star. :star:
These were all sketched on paper, photoshopped together in bulk, and colored in SAI.

Feel free to let me know who caught your interest the most, I'd love to hear about it. :love:

Also check out this tutorial on how to draw ethnic hair! A great resource and big help to me :')





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Animator480 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! All the different hairstyles!
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NirvanaRivera Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jess reminds me of a cousin of mine ^-^ I'm so happy to have found this
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you like it, thank you! :love:
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TehRandomRainbow83 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You drew it so awesome! Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1]

Latifah looks so cute! :D
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh thank you so much! :iconloveloveplz:
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TehRandomRainbow83 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
No Problem!
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StormyRoyalz Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! I like linette the best
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh thank you very much! She's a sweetie :love:
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StormyRoyalz Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Your welcome! :iconstupidtailsplz:
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TsukaLavire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Nadia, Shawntay, and Natifah are my favorites, even though all of them are absolutely gorgeous and unique La la la la 
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