Genderbent Jasmine and Rajah!
Here is the companion piece: genderbent Aladdin and Genie
So it's been another over two and a half months since my last submission
, so sorry about that. I was taking an intensive winter course over January and school started again this February, so I haven't had too much time to myself. But I was able to set aside some time these past few days to work on this.
Anywho, I think I've had the design for a male Jasmine for probably over a year and a half now, back when my hair was long and I parted it in the middle, which reminded me of a male version of Princess Jasmine's hair. I came back to the idea a few weeks ago when my hair got long again.
I've been watching a lot of art videos on YouTube, and one came out about how to draw the proportions of the head, and I decided to use that to model his head. I needed to make his nose longer to be similar to Jasmine's, and so he looked Middle Eastern as well. I think figuring out how to incorporate Jasmine's headband was the toughest part, but this drawing
gave me the idea of making it a keffiyeh, which is the headdress he's wearing. Normally the hair is covered with it, but to match it to Jasmine, I had to at least include the bangs. You can't see it too well, but his pants are a dhoti, which is an Indian garment worn by men that sort of flares out like harem pants. It has a gold accent. He's wearing a tiny vest like Aladdin, which are sometimes worn over Indian kurtas. And he's slightly hairy; I refuse to believe that Aladdin had no body hair as a Middle Eastern man. So, Jamil, has a bit of a happy trail and light chest and forearm hair. Oh yeah, and Jamil is a name that means beautiful in Arabic. Raja(h) means king in Hindi, so I switched it to be Rani, which means queen in Hindi. I hope adding her makes the drawing more dynamic because it feels so static otherwise. Also, sorry I suck at male anatomy. I didn't want to make him buff, but like somewhat toned.
Also, I realize a lot of the clothing I gave him are Indian based, but Aladdin
wasn't really historically accurate... The sultan's(which is a Turkish head of state) palace is based on the Taj Mahal (in India), yet the characters are meant to be Arab (the opening song is "Arabian Nights"), so I took some liberties with an ensemble that was a mix of South Asian and Middle Eastern.