Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week Three of OUR Favorites, Day Three: Diversity in Fantasy Art- KiraTheArtist + Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

Hooray for Hump Day!

So for Wednesday, it was between two artists. Both were women of color, who drew women of color beautifully!

 However, since we try to cater to younger audiences as well, as beautiful and tasteful as the art was(beautiful interracial couples, some showing their attraction to each other in sensual ways), we just wanted to cater to people who are sensitive to nudity and sensuality.

 Our next highlight draws tons of black women in fantastical settings, without gore or nudity, and she's much easier to access, as her online presence is much stronger, and she actually takes commissions for her work.

"Kira The Artist"

Image by Kira the Artist

What we like about Kira The Artist is the diversity in how she draws black women in fantasy settings. She doesnt just go for the appealing "caramel" hue(and lower) most people have set in their minds is the only attractive way to draw a black woman.

 Image by Kira the Artist

She draws them of multiple hues, multiple hair textures, colors, and lengths. She draws black women as mermaids, warriors, evil queen's, and unconventional ways to see black women.

 Image by Kira the Artist

Image by Kira the Artist

The character donning the shaved head and red dreads actually slightly reminds us of a character of a WIP we have(granted, hers is her own creation, but the piercings and half her head being shaved is so similar!).

 Image by Kira the Artist

Her work is likely to inspire images in a lot of people who write fantasy and with women of color in mind.

On some real ish, don't steal her work! Or post it without crediting her. She will find you. Draw you. Possibly file a law suit, so yea, respect the artist!

If her work interests you, support her. Contact her for commission, follow her on social media. Here are ways how.

Cant believe we're already half way through the week!

 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!


  1. I agree, the only black women art we see is in the lighter hue. it's so refreshing to see this artist go for the real deal. :) Love the last picture!

  2. @Ashfa, would have loved to feature more Asian, Native American and Latino depictions, but the communities are much bigger for Blacks in SFF art :/

  3. True, I've rarely seen Native Americans depicted in SFF art....

  4. I would love to research more depictions of South Asian or South East Asian. I've noticed when I see Asian women and men, they're most likely East Asian. I'd like to see people diversify other depictions of people of color in SFF art =)


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