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Supergirl's Evening Off by DeepChrome Supergirl's Evening Off by DeepChrome
This started with ~MK01 aka Riess posting a half-done scrappish art of Power Girl over in the RelicNews Forum's Art Spam thread. Then I decided I had to do my own female superhero pic. And to do it with a little bit of character.

And so, this image here started as a funky camera angle, and lots of pose-wrangling. Again, some pose-sorting by ~MK01 who's been absolutely fantastic with advice on how to improve and tweak this to where it is, and I was off. And after an action-hero-y pose that didn't work, I settled on one of her eating cake. And he helped me take that pose to where it is now.

Anyways, I decided this was also a good time to redesign Supergirl into something that doesn't look like some teenaged near-pedo's wet dream with a brutally short skirt. If anything, I decided it was time to see if I could make her costume work without a skirt.

After looking thorugh some interesting Google image results on Supergirl, I spotted one who had spiky short hair, a tank-top, a loose belt, and short boots. I immediately decided I'd start with her as a reference, and built from there.

The end result is what you see now. :D

Done in Photoshop CS with a Wacom Intuos3 6x8.

It's in the "Miscellaneous" rather than "Books" section of Digital Fanart becuase I didn't see a category immediately related to comic characters, and Supergirl's not exactly on TV or in the movies, unless you count that old flick with Helen Slater.

Anyways Supergirl and the S-logo is copyright DC Comics. :D
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:iconredjoey1992:
RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
good workj
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student General Artist
WELCOME
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I like it. She looks much more like a modern teenager than the current comics style (which I don't understand. The bare midriff is not really in style anymore, the skirt is a strange and impractical addition, and frankly comic book writers have a tendency to over-sexualize even the younger characters such as Supergirl. This version is much better, and she looks like she's just kinda relaxing. Besides, you'd think it would be unwise to hover over a crowd while wearing a skirt.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, all of the above is why I redesigned Supergirl the way I did when I made this. One: I couldn't stand the bare-midriff, cheerleader-skirted version, and two: skirts are totally impractical, especially when flying in the air.

And of course, much as I loved how Helen Slater looked in the Supergirl movie, I was fed up with blonde Supergirls. Bleh.

I'm glad you like how off the typical comics model this Supergirl is. Now if the writers would notice, and use this version, or something similar....
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Loewenherz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Instant Love! It's not only a sensational pose that directly radiates "relaxation" through every pixel but also a wonderful color scheme and therefore atmosphere of the picture. Brilliant work!
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D It's been a while since I did this or got any comments on it. Glad to know it still holds up to the test of time. (It's also by and far my favorite Super-anything piece that I've done, so I'm glad people still like it.)
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JeaEl Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
Awesome XD
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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JeaEl Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
yw :D
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TheInsaneRocker Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
I saw this little thing in my message box and didn't know what to expect when I clicked it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this. It's an interesting take on the superhero thing to see them taking it easy and eating cake. <insert mandatory Portal joke here>

In short, draw moar superhero stuffz. :D
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)

Yeah, I wanted to do something a bit atypical, somewhat off-the-wall here. And at least this cake wasn't a lie. (And she's too far away for GLaDOS to attempt any sort of retribution for her having said cake...)

Anyways, yeah I'll probably draw something else too someday. :D
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Umaseti Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
i love the way u drew the sunset and the city. although i think if the cape is make of cloth the sunlight will penetrate the cape giving it a orange color unless it is made or rubber. still looks good. i especially like the way you painted the sunlight around the person's hair.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I tried to give the cape some translucency (the glowing color) but I imagine for some people's tastes, it may not be strong enough. It was my first experiment with the idea though, so...there'll be other times. :shrug:
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Umaseti Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
its still an excellent job. check out the latest picture i posted up.
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will. :)
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
This is fantastic, DC! Keep up the great work.
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Such compliments coming from you? I'm honored. :thanks: I'll do my best.
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MK01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey ya, turned out good!

Believe in the cake!
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe. Thanks

:D As for the cake? Indeed, I will. Especially since I've had some very moist and very delicious cake quite recently...
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AndrewDBarker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really, really beautiful. I love the sereneness and the sunset.. she's also very beautiful.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :) Glad you liked the picture!

And yeah, I wanted someone a bit different in the Supergirl outfit than the usual cheerleader-looking blondes. She has some blonde in her hair, yes, but also some brown, and a distinctly different style. I wasn't sure how people would take that. (I didn't really care, but still it's interesting to note that nobody has complained!)
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yulii Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
your getting the hang of the painting and airbrushing. this looks completely good to me :) and she is pretty. keep it going DC your doing fabulous:) can't wait to see some more of your paintings!
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D

Yeah I'll be posting more of them now. :nod:
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Bareck Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
hah awesome! every hero needs cake, pies are better though
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah, but pies are nothing when the cake is a lie! :P

Thanks.
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jrl3001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   General Artist
Brilliant, DC :D
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :bow:
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TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This speaks to me.

I do some superhero fiction (with as little research as possible except the bare essentials to make it original)
and my writings really wants to encompass such feelings that this piece of work gives off.

The sereneness of the scene, and her enjoying the cake (which is a lie, but that joke was already said here),
but with the oncoming sunset, evil will breed, and Supergirl will need to jump up again and save the day.

Actually, Its almost a Clueless(the movie)- meets-superheros moment, which is really cool. :)

Oh well, great pic, and I hope to see more.
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I actually think that's a great idea: take only the basics of the character, and use that to make your own. Works great as a fan-fiction, and DC seems to do it all the time anyhow (see Elseworlds. Especially Secret Identity, that one is really good).
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TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap, I forgot about that pic! I'm actually 17000 words into a rewrite of the same story that I was talking about. Seeing the pic again was an AWESOME breath of fresh air! Dude, thanks! :D

Here's a sample, if you're interested: [link]
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I might be up for doing another one. Maybe an X-Men one, as I've always liked Jubilee, Rogue, Storm, and Jean Grey. :D Especially Storm. She'd be interesting to do all the reflections on. O.o And I've always wanted to redesign her outfit yet again.
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TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Cool! :D
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xero-sama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Woah... thats amazing~!
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D I don't usually post my digipaints on DA, but this one was too fun to pass up.
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xero-sama Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
you needto put more up!
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will, I will. Just when I paint it up on Photoshop. :D
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Kapyrna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
The cake is a lie.
Really nice though. You and Elukka like your gas giants and starscape backdrops. ;)
Critique-wise, I can't really tell what's on the end of the fork, but everything else looks good. I need to get my lighting to look like that some day.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, it's supposed to be a slice of cake. I mean, what else would be on that fork when the cake's one edge isn't quite vertical at its tip? That's the classic "First bite of cake" on the fork!
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Vanessanon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Writer
yay! even supergal eats chocolate cake ;p :dance:
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance: She's female. How could she not resist? :D
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yamis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
yeah, that miniskirt thing always left me wondering of the practicality of it, unless its a distraction? haha

great job on the background, it almost looks like a picture that was filtered in photoshop
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)

Yeah I never really understood the skirt's practicality. It looked good on some versions of her, but not all of them. And the latest midriff-baring version of the Supergirl outfit's a bit...disturbing to me.
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