This one’s happy. This facial expression and pose was fun to do.
He looks very 1990’s, doesn’t he?
Not sure what she’s pointing at. Interesting pants.
Representation of queer, or at least non-traditional, gender expressions was an important part of this project.
So far, we’ve had some characters that were deliberately ambiguous on gender, presenting as more-or-less androgenous. Today’s character is a little different. They’re wearing traditionally female clothing, but their hair and facial features are drawn using visual cues that typically read as masculine. However, I tried to make it ambiguous enough that it still wasn’t entirely clearcut. Personally, I’d hesitate to guess how this child identifies. I’d have to ask for their pronouns.
I’m not certain I got the age to read quite right. They may look a little older than they should.
I don’t really have much to say about this one. Just a boy in jeans and a hoodie.
Now we start the 7-9 age range. From here on out you’ll note that we have put all the characters in modest dress, though in this age range, the girls still have their heads uncovered. Since people with Middle Eastern heritage are often (though not exclusively) Muslim, we wanted to honor that by at least not showing lots of skin in this batch. But since our market is primarily US-based, we wanted to reflect what Americans Muslims of Middle Eastern descent typically wear. Therefore, we chose not to put girls in the 7-9 age range in hijabs, but you will see hijabs in the older age ranges.
This little guy is happy, isn’t he?
New batch. This time we’re doing Middle Eastern people. I don’t really like how this girl turned out. I’ve got her head too far forward and it looks awkward, I think.
Last one for this batch. I think he’s heading out to the golf course.
Here’s our second muumuu of the batch. Also with a floral pattern, but a bit of a different style this time. I had-drew these blossoms instead of making a stamp. I did copy-and-paste some of them, though. I also painted her toenails.