…Aaaaaand the second poll, which explains the title up there!
Some months ago, I saw an image of a fairy princess that ignited a fire in my brain. I can’t find the exact image anymore, but I remember the sight of it going through me like electricity as I thought: but why can’t she be brown?
How to articulate this feeling exactly? I can’t, right now; I’m not in a state for much words right now. But if you look at the images of fairies and princesses that dominate a simple Google search, you’ll see– so much paleness: alabaster complexions held up as a virtue, whiteness as a pinnacle of beauty and perfection. Even the non-white princesses and fairies one often sees are largely pale; it’s exceedingly rare to see a dark-skinned fairy princess, and if one ever does, odds are that they will be cast in a different light than the majority of princesses; less elegant or delicate or graceful, somehow more exotic.
So I wanted to change that. I wanted to make art centering a fairy princess with enormous sparkly wings and elaborate headgear and robes and ridiculous long flowing hair. And she would be dark-skinned, kayumanggi, just like me.
And of course, because this is me, she had to be holding an unsheathed sword, on her way to battle. (To defend her territory from encroaching Kastila invaders — see, there’s actually a whole story behind this.)
So, for my very first Kasama/$25+ tier poll, I wanted to ask you all — to pick the motif I should feature on my princess’s wings and robes. Generally, the motif of her ornaments; whether she’s a princess of the stars or a princess of the deep places of the earth, or part of the royalty of water and fire.
Please pick the option you like best! I’ll be holding this poll open for a month. (I want to start work on this art piece sooner, but… it’s not going to happen, I have deadlines for stuff I need to finish first.)