I'd like to reference a few things about my art that are often misinterpreted and explain my reasons for my character being black, her enemies being mostly white, and some other frequently asked questions.
I know that many of you may see symbolism or a racial message in my work, but I promise that it was NEVER my intention to do so. Smacky is black because I wanted to create a fantasy female character that wasn't a red-haired barbarian like so many others. Her first appearance was in my very old image "Succubus Smackdown" where she had no name or personality, and I mainly gave her darker skin simply in order to contrast visually with the three white demonesses in the scene. She fights demonesses because every fantasy character already fights orcs, dragons, goblins, or other men. All of my reasons for having a black woman fight white demons are either artistic or for originality's sake.
I did purposely make Smacky's adopted father and her best friend Eri white though in order to make the point that mixed race families and friendships are perfectly acceptable. If there's any message at all to take away from my work, it's that your actions define who you are, not your skin color, and it is your actions by which you should be judged.
Racism and prejudice are awful coming from anyone - it's unacceptable from both white people and minorities - and one is not racist for simply disagreeing with someone of a different ethnicity. I also don't support blind loyalty to anyone or their beliefs just because they share my race. When we can look past skin color and negative generalizations, think for ourselves, and evaluate individuals based on their actions, we all become better people.
People have asked me why almost all of Smacky's demoness enemies are white (or Asian). The truth is pretty boring, and as I explained above, it's because they better contrast artistically with a darker heroine. If everyone in a complex scene were all white or all black, it would be less aesthetically pleasing than one with a combination of skin tones. It's the same basic reason why the demonesses are more curvy and voluptuous than the more muscular Sahmika, it's for contrast and variety. I have recently added an Indian and black flaeme though, and will try to make even more diverse enemies in the future.
Another question I sometimes receive is why Smacky punches demonesses in their stomachs so often? It's mainly because flaemes are about 7-8 feet tall and can breathe fire, so it's both easier and safer to punch them in the body than to take a risk aiming for their head. Sahmika also started training with her father as a child, and seeing that she was too short to strike the head of a training dummy, Captain Wendell taught her that targeting the body is just as effective.
Another reason is because I never saw any fantasy character do it before and I like the look of moment-of-impact strikes more than the aftermath of a swinging punch. A lot of people also seem to find it erotic, so I've basically made it her 'thing'.
Just a refresher for those who wonder why she has such a silly nickname: her fellow fae-child Tanja could never pronounce her name correctly, and called her "sah-mah-kee" after Sahmika beat up a bully at the orphanage. That turned into "smacky" due to the fight, and turned out to be an appropriate nickname for her after all.