Firelord and Lady and stuff - arelia-dawn (and if you don’t think this is sexy enough, there’s this).
Okay, Avatar fandom, so one of my pet peeves is white washing in fan art. Like drawing Katara as a white girl, or modelling Zuko on RPattz. (I wish I’d kept the link to that one. It needed to be seen to be believed. Alas, it’s lost in the mists of Tumblr and Twitter archives.)
Mostly I keep my mouth shut, because heaven knows it’s a rare occasion when the image in my head matches in the image on the page, and I try not to judge people for a slip of the pen.
But in the case of a carefully and beautifully rendered picture, where the artist herself states that the faces are modelled on European-Americans, I don’t feel so restrained. In the comments, she states:
“To be fair, though, the Avatar world—though mostly based on Asian culture—is fictional. And because it’s fictional, I don’t see race as an issue. I suppose some imagine the characters to be more “Asian”, but since I live around mostly white people, I just picture them as white. Can’t help it xD”
Well, to be fair, I think that changing Asian characters and making them white is pretty racist. Can’t help it. In fact, I think it’s gross and offensive, and it’s more common than I like in Avatar fandom.