This picture is beautiful, but I have to say, this is not Nessa. For those who have always seen depictions of themselves in the media, lightening Nessa to this degree might not see like much, but to dark-skinned women, this is an utter insult.
I strolled through your gallery and you are a talented artist. Yet out of the many, many pictures there, I can count the amount of dark-skinned characters on one hand. A few of them were Disney or game characters, so I hesitated to include them in the count.
With Nessa, you had the opportunity to use your considerable talents to give life to one of the few characters of color in the Pokemon game, but you chose to depict her as THIS.
If any person viewing this can be honest with themselves, they will admit that this character is significantly lighter than the Nessa in the game. Significantly. That is the definition of white-washing.
There are plenty of people in the comments attempting to silence the voice of the people of color on this thread, but I have little time for such people. I want YOU as the artist to know, that you've made a whole group of people feel disrespected and invisible with your art. Though to you this may be one instance, to people like me scouring this site and others for depictions of dark-skinned characters, I have run across way too many artists that are doing what you have done. Where does that leave people of color who want to see dark skinned characters? Do we really have to draw them all ourselves? And we're not even asking you to draw original dark-skinned characters--although arguably, you should. Diversity is the spice of life and you're an artist. If you don't know how to depict dark-skinned characters then that says something about your skills.--we're just asking you to properly represent a character that already exists.
This is my challenge to you. Give searching for dark-skinned characters a shot and see what you find. If you get frustrated in the process, then you can join our club. This is a sincere FYI comment. Your work is truly beautiful. Truly. I just hope that the next time I go through your gallery, it'll be graced with a little brown.
Artists like him who are not used to drawing Black characters I can let slide, but the whitewashing is plainly obvious with so many others.
Ross isn't a racist, but the majority of the artist community is and only likes the aesthetics of white/east Asian appearing characters. We shouldn't be trying to convince them to draw dark skin when they clearly refuse to, otherwise, it'll just continue to be disrespectful.
Black artists will have to step up and be the change we want to see. Luckily there are some great artists on here like GDBee , ActionKiddy , FreeMech and Messiah972 that have beautiful art of dark-skinned characters and are seriously underrated on this site. Please check them out and support their art!
he can draw what he wants, and people will continue to call out whitewashing as much as we want.
i would rather you only draw what you know then make us look white or like minstrel shows.