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    Entries in DC Heroines (19)

    Monday
    Sep072009

    "Here, Kitty, Kitty!" for Wonder Woman Day #4

    I'm participating in the Wonder Woman Day IV Charity Auction this year.  The auction benefits these Domestic Violence Shelters and hot-lines:  Raphael House of Portland, Bradley-Angle House, and Portland Women's Crisis Line.  I am very proud to participate in this auction because these are very important causes to me.  Please bid, and bid high!

    I wanted to do a picture of Wonder Woman being happy and having fun - something that I don't think happens nearly enough in the comic books.  I also really wanted to draw She-Ra and Catra, as well as Wonder Woman's enemy, Cheetah.  Most pictures I've seen that have Wonder Woman and She-Ra together have them fighting each other.  I really don't care for that, because I believe that Wonder Woman and She-Ra would get along really well and enjoy a tremendous sense of camaraderie, and I wanted to show them being friendly and having fun together.  I also wanted to play on the fact that they both have well-known enemies with a cat theme.

    While I take a lot of my cues for Wonder Woman and Cheetah from the way that Terry Dodson depicted them when he drew the Wonder Woman comic book, I also take a couple of Lynda Carter elements that I sneak in here and there with Wonder Woman.  Cheetah also has a few George Perez elements in her design, especially when it comes to her facial markings, which Dodson mostly abandoned.

    She-Ra and Catra were really fun to draw.  I'm a big fan of Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics action figure line.  It's a melding of various canons of their franchises into one cohesive line.  My approach to She-Ra and Catra was along that lines.  I wanted to depict them with the familiarity of the Filmation designs of the cartoon that everyone knows and loves these characters from, but also bring in some of the details that the action figures had, whose designs were very different from the cartoon designs.  The result give detailed and interesting looks that easily stand up well alongside Wonder Woman and Cheetah.

    The background is inspired by the Whispering Woods background paintings that were featured in the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon.  They are lush, flamboyant and magical looking.  As I was planning out the background, I thought it would be fun to have Lookie in it.  Lookie was always hiding in the background of the cartoons, and at the end of the episodes, he would reveal his hiding place and explain the episode's moral.  Once I decided that Lookie was going to be in it, I wanted to balance the picture, and tried to think of a character in Wonder Woman's lore that could serve as an analogue to Lookie.  The two franchises are pretty rife with analogues:  Ares/Hordak, Circe/Shadow Weaver, Giganta/Scorpia, Steve Trevor/Bow, Nemesis/Sea Hawk.  When it came down to it, I settled on the whimsical and fun Wonder Tot, who is Wonder Woman as a small child in the Silver Age comic book stories.  Wonder Tot often had "impossible adventures" right alongside Wonder Woman as an adult and Wonder Woman as a teenager (Wonder Girl), and I thought that the magical nature of the Whispering Woods, and the fact that She-Ra's planet of Etheria was likely in another dimension, would provide a narrative that would allow Wonder Tot.

    This illustration is available as prints. Please use the "Contact Me" form at the top-left of this page to request one and inquire further about pricing and sizes.
    Here, Kitty, Kitty! ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    Here, Kitty, Kitty!
    8.5″ x 11″ on Bristol Board
    Pencils, Inks and Prismacolor Color Pencils

     

    Wonder Woman, Cheetah and Wonder Tot ©DC Comics 2010

    She-Ra, Catra and Lookie ©Mattel 2010

    Sunday
    Aug162009

    Marla Bea Benefit Comic Book Auction: Wonder Woman & Power Girl

    This piece was penciled by Ray Caspio, and I was the inker and colorist.  We made this piece for the Marla Bea Benefit Comic Book Auction that begins on Monday, October 12, 2009.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.  I lost a very good and dear friend several years ago to breast cancer, so this is a cause that I feel very strongly about and is very close to me.  I was very happy and proud to be able to participate in this auction, and I hope that our piece will raise a lot of money to contribute in the fight against breast cancer.  Please consider bidding in the auction to support this worthy cause.

    Wonder Woman & Power Girl for Marla Bea Benefit Wonder Woman & Power Girl for Marla Bea Benefit8.75″ x 12″ on Bristol Board
    Ray Caspio:  Pencils
    Kevenn T. Smith:  Inks, Prismacolor Color Pencils, and Prismacolor Markers

    Wonder Woman and Power Girl ©DC Comics 2011

    Sunday
    May312009

    Earth-2 Huntress: Helena Wayne

    This is a commission that I did for my friend and writer, J.H. Moffat who runs the online urban fiction magazine, Drops of Crimson.  This piece is of the Earth-2 Huntress, Helena Wayne.  Earth-2 was a parallel earth where Batman and Catwoman had their career in the 1940's and ended up marrying and having a daughter, Helena.  Catwoman was eventually killed, and Batman died, and Helena carried on their legacy as the Huntress.

    The newer version of this illustration is available as prints. Please use the "Contact Me" form at the top-left of this page to request one and inquire further about pricing and sizes.

    e2_huntress_kevenn_t_smith

    Pencils, Ink, Prismacolor Color Pencils, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011



    Earth-2 Huntress
    ©DC Comics 2011

    Wednesday
    Oct152008

    One More For Wonder Woman Day III

    Not only did I create my own piece of art for Wonder Woman Day III this year (see below), but Ray Caspio and I collaborated together on another piece like we did last year for Wonder Woman Day II.

    This one, based on the ABC TV series starring Lynda Carter, has Private Etta Candy (played by Beatrice Colen) and Yeoman Diana Prince (Lynda Carter, of course), who we wanted to make sure were represented in the auction this year.

    This illustration is available as 8 by 10 inch prints for $20 + $8 shipping on regular photo paper or $25 + $8 shipping on metallic photo paper, which I highly recommend for vastly superior quality. Please use the "Contact Me" form at the left to request one and inquire further about other pricing and size options.

    Etta Figures It Out? by Ray Caspio & Kevenn T. Smith

    Etta Figures it Out?
    8.5″ x 11″ on Bristol Board
    Ray Caspio:  Pencils
    Kevenn T. Smith:  Inks and Colors (Prismacolor)

    Wonder Woman, Diana Prince and Etta Candy ©DC Comics 2011

    Thursday
    Oct022008

    Art For Mid-Ohio-Con Part 2

    Here are more of the artcards that I will be selling at Mid-Ohio-Con this weekend, along with prints of some of the work in my Illustration Gallery:

    Superman:
    Superman Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith

    Wonder Woman:
    Wonder Woman Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Donna Troy as Wonder Girl:
    Donna Troy as Wonder Girl Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Supergirl (I wanted to capture the feeling of the aerial ballet in the Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater.):
    Supergirl Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Green Lantern:
    Green Lantern Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Batgirl:
    Batgirl Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Nightwing:
    Nightwing Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith
    Flamebird (based on International Supermodel and D-Listed.com's Hot Slut of the Year 2007, Phoebe Price):
    Flamebird Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith