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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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:iconstephie-wesson:
Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
For me, Teresa caught my attention the most,probably because I love green hair! anyway gorgeous character designs and concepts!
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:icontheblackrhino:
theblackrhino Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Purrfect. I want to see more.
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ActivatedAlmonds Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
i've been trYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO AVRIL USED TO BE RGHH so far i think she's?? used to be the one mew pepper bc grump but alicia in name..... rips apart everything with my teeth RGHGH
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
OMG I felt like i had explained this super recently then realized it was on my unposted sketchdump i was just making HAHA (actually coz'a you i spent a full day putting like 6 years of work into two sketchdumps for starless which was on my laundry list forever so thank you for that indirect nudge...!! :eager: i'll post that soon!! )

Avril is not native to TMMAL actually, she was a new addition because I needed 12 members for starless to fit all the 12 birthstones in the year! (i don't end up keeping this naming convention though coz my Steven Universe feelings are too strong...) ((Also Jodie, from my 30 monster challenge, they're the other new starless addition.)) pepper/kasey and alicia/grape are others~!
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ActivatedAlmonds Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
muFFLED SCREAMING I'm,, GON na FLIP MY BED OVER i can't wait ommg,g, i love aliens hrgh i loved those tmmal designbs im gonna shit
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:iconkicho-keynote:
Kicho-Keynote Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
damn look at Jess!

I see where lady killer comes in
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:iconfemfantasy:
FemFantasy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What is WoC?
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
it stands for "Women of Color"-
it's like a community name that many women of minority races (like black, latina, asian, middle eastern, native american, etc!) identify with. :nod:
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cats1029 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
so beautiful  just love it :D!!!!!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thank you!! :excited:
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:iconneongreensockmonkey:
neongreensockmonkey Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student Artist
OMG Irinora is the BOMB… too boss for words Dx btw j'amor ton oeuvre!Inside Out Reaction Icon: Dolphin Bing Bong 
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Ahhh thank you!! :love:
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:iconayumikasanunde:
AyumiKasanunde Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ai-bee is it alright if i use this as a reference to draw lips >.<
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Oh absolutely, feel free! references for lips can be hard to find :D  
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:iconayumikasanunde:
AyumiKasanunde Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you 😊
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:iconactivatedalmonds:
ActivatedAlmonds Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Okay, okay, so I'm a long-time fan, so please don't be too weirded out when I ask which one of these lovely ladies is from the Forecasters story? I love all your projects, seriously, and now that I have a new account you'll probably see me around often... oopsie..!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
!!!! :eager: It's not weird at all! I'm actually super excited that you noticed it at all! (I swear I only tagged this drawing as forecasters on my artblog... and I've kept the other 99.7% of it offline so I'm impressed on top of it...!!) To answer your question, Rorie! She won't quite look as realistic as this drawing because the style I'll be using is more cartoony, but yeah! :D I hope to see you around!
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Panda-Poodle Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh! They're all so pretty! I especially love Irinora's color scheme and Avril's personality/design! 

and omg I was so surprised when I saw Wynona cause I was like, wait did somebody actually draw fanart of my ocs?? lmfaoooo
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:iconpeaachi:
peaachi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
All of them are gorgeous. If only more artists and people saw the beauty in black women~
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Thank you! :love:
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:iconvyctorian:
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   General Artist
Amazing work!~
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
thank you! :heart:
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:iconvyctorian:
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015   General Artist
My pleasure, hun!~
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trueLuminus Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Great work on the hair.  I think this will help, when trying to explain what I need from an artist who has no ethnic people in their portfolio.
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SilverTimberWolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're all gorgeous!  :)
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Thank you! :heart:
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SilverTimberWolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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AsianAnimeGamer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Shawntay's hair is amazing I must have a character with that hair one day
Thank you so much for making this! It's a great reference for drawing different ethnicities!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Oh man totally go for it, I specifically saw that hair first and had to give it to someone too! :excited:
You are so welcome, I hope to add to it someday :love:
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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
Thank you! :love:
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:iconverarosa:
VeraRosa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
You're welcome! :)
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:iconfishingjb:
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
Thank you!
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:iconhyrelynk:
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
Thank you so much ahh! I'm so happy you like them! :excited:
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:iconliddynotes:
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
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
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like them!! :excited:
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:iconkphillips702:
KPhillips702 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya welcome!
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NirvanaRivera Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional 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
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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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Ahhh thank you so much! :iconloveloveplz:
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TehRandomRainbow83 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
No Problem!
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:iconstormyroyalz:
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
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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