Due to my crushing white limousine liberal guilt, I tend to play a lot of non-white characters in games. And, when I run games, I tend to try to make my fantasy worlds fairly ethnically diverse. So, I am often faced with the challenge of finding art for non-white characters - and, this is rather difficult sometimes. It's not that there's NOTHING out there - it's just harder to find, especially if you want art that puts non-white characters in more standard fantasy garb or situations (e.g., an asian who isn't a samurai/ninja, or an african-looking fellow without a spear).
If I had an artistic bone in my body, I would just make a bunch of relevant art. But I don't. And if I had a million dollars, I would commission someone to do a bunch and then just give it away.* But I do not.
So, I'm trying to think of a way to create a resource for folks looking for character art that isn't of white folks - and my secret agenda is also for it to be out there for other people to find, so that when they're looking for character art, they might say, "wow, this black guy with the badass sword is awesome!" and the fictional world will become a little bit more diverse. I'd like the final product to be available online for free (or very cheap) and maybe sell a printed copy through something like lulu at cost. I'd also like artists to get reasonably compensated for their contributions - this isn't a call for charity art. And, while I'm willing to kick in a bit of my own money, I can't invest a huge amount.
I don't have any great ideas on how to do this - except that someone wise told me, "post this idea on SG." My best one so far is to figure out a reasonable rate to pay an artist for a portrait, then put up a project on something like Fundable for 10 or 20 times that, and "ransom" the project. But I'm open to anyone who knows what the heck they're doing and would like to see something like this exist, too.