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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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:iconverarosa:
VeraRosa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Gorgeous!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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VeraRosa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
You're welcome! :)
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and beautiful women!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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hyrelynk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Echoing others, but im loving the hairstyles. Linette is my fav, the most hair!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much ahh! I'm so happy you like them! :excited:
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LiddyNotes Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Omg Georgie kind reminds me of me minus the glasses! I've never had art that resembled me before! This is so awesome!!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so so happy to hear that, eek! Thank you for sharing that with me!! :huggle:
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KPhillips702 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! All the different hairstyles!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like them!! :excited:
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KPhillips702 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya welcome!
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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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:iconai-bee:
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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:iconai-bee:
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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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh thank you very much! :love: :heart:
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TsukaLavire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
No problem!
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DREAMLESSpoptarts Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
WHOOO! these women are HOTSY TOTSY! 
/SWEATS
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHAH OMG HOTSY TOTSY THANK YOU :lmao: Glad you like :heart:
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DREAMLESSpoptarts Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I DO I DO 



*hug kiss!
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KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All kinds of black people! I love it!!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :)
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OrlyCoffee Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing!!!~ I learned alot from this
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I'm really happy to hear that! Thank you! :love: :heart:
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OrlyCoffee Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no problem, your work is something of great knowledge to me since i struggle with female design and styles. It's always an eye opener, know ya.
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Wow, holy crap! That is a gigantic group of characters. Goddamn sis, way to give them all some lo...

*pauses, having perused the picture in a clockwise fashion, stopping at 5:27's general area...* Wait... *zips up to Elise* waaaaait... *narrows eyes* Youuuuuuuuuu~... *violently bearglomps* YOU LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *fangirl shriek* :icontardhugplz:

:iconwtwplz: *OMFGWTFSEAN! PUT HER DOWN! SHE'S TURNING PURPLE!* 

:iconexcitedlaplz: DON'T CAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! :iconspazplz:
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MY REACTION EXACTLY
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
IT IS THE PROPER REACTION TO HAVE! :iconbrofistplz:
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY ACTUAL GOODNESS I THINK I'VE SENT YOU OVER THE EDGE I'M BOTH LAUGHING MANICALLY AND EXTREMELY ALARMED FOR YOUR WELLBEING OMG 

YESSS IT IS ELLI, THE ONE IN THE SAME :dance:
I'm all wiggly that you're excited to see her again, omg!! I have some more style testing I want to do for that series, but I'm really happy with her redesign so far.

:tighthug:
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
STYLE TEST MY DEAR SISTER! STYLE TEST LIKE THE WIIIIIIIIND~! WITH ALL IT'S COLORS!




No seriously, happy to see Elli again. Honestly, I'm really interested with her skin tone and style redesign. It makes me deliciously curious on how her wigging out expressions will look in this style...


God, now I can't think of anything else. GOD! (i really think it's just because of the eyes.... eeeeeeeeyes...) *is totally such a creeper*
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bk00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Writer
This is gorgeous! :love: Linette!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :love: :heart:
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bk00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Writer
No thank you!
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fassbeautiful Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
agghh i love them all they're so pretty. as a young black woman i rarely see things like this so it makes me so happy when i do!! great work and i love how unique they all look
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so soo much, and for the fave/watch!! It means the world to me!! :faint: :heart:
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fassbeautiful Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
you are very welcome!!
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Aeorys Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
GUH. How do you even do crinkly hair. It's great. <3
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHH TTTHANK YOU GAH 
Once you give the little squiggly, curly, or ziggyzaggy shapes a go, it gets a lot easier! OTL// 
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I love... all of these.... need.. more... awesomeness! Also, Danica looks a tad bit like a scrapper, or "violenty passionate" is this true?
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh heck yeah! She's a bit short for a lamia but she definitely packs a punch and ~always~ speaks her mind :D
Thank you!!
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Your welcome boss pants!
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
By the way, I LOVE how you drew Danica!  She's so perfectly balanced between a snake and a human!  Wonderful job!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh gah I'm really happy you like how she turned out!! Thank you again! :love:
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