I have been taking a closer look at how I draw people, specifically how I draw chinese people. Often when I draw a native chinese person they come out looking quite western. As the focus of this project is specifically chinese people I thought it would be very useful to visit how I draw them. In the top left of the image below you can see an improved version of the type I would normally draw, playing on the eyes specifically. I then carried forward this idea of extenuating some of the body parts as you can see from the image on the bottom right. The only issue is i'm not sure if this is a little racist? By playing on certain body parts that extenuate how someone looks and over doing them, is that racist? I want to tread the line between making the characters not look western but I don’t want to over do it. I believe the images below are maybe more in the right area. But having said that I really like the look of my first try images.
below is an attempt at a male character pushing the body parts a little more to make them seem 'more asian', whilst giving them more character. I believe I can get away with these being characterisations of a particular type of person, without them being racist. Although I do really like these drawings, I believe that there style that they have been drawn in might give the narrative an unrealistic feel, Should I be trying to mimic more realistic styles? More cinematic looks rather than, dare I say it more cartoony?
The image below I think is maybe more in the area of realism that I think would give the film more authenticity. I just worry that having the drawing style too comical or too much of a characterisation might make the narrative unbelievable or too fictional. The more comical style does embody the feeling of HKC but it might dilute the message some what.