She-Hulk, Storm, Wasp and More – Fan Art Interview w/Ayhotte

Today we take a quick jaunt around some Marvel ladies fanart with an interview with Canadian Ayhotte and a gallery of her smashing gals!

Black Widow by Ayhotte (click to see original)

Black Widow by Ayhotte (click to see original)

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Where in Canada are you from? What do you do when you’re not painting?

My name’s Audrey, I grew up in Quebec but went to school and worked in Ottawa for a few years. Drawing is a thing I took a liking to pretty early on, I think it came from watching a lot of animated shows and playing video games. Either way I never thought I could make a job of it until my late teens but hey, it worked out.

 

Spiderwoman by Ayhotte (click to see original)

Spiderwoman by Ayhotte (click to see original)

How big is art in your life, is it something you are doing professionally?

I’m presently freelancing full time so I do get to make art as a living. I enjoy the freedom it gives in some aspects, though it regularly means working long hours, nights and weekends. I wouldn’t hate having more time to put on my personal projects, haha.

 

Maybe we can start with your gorgeous Storm. We’ve seen her iterated in different ways in the comics and in the movies, what do you think about her different representations. Do you have a favorite for example?

Thank you for your kind words about my Storm painting! She’s such an iconic character, she can pull off anything they make her wear and still be recognizable decades later. I think she’d make a potato sack look hot. Personally I love the mohawk look the most. I also love seeing her in civilian/designer clothing, Kevin Wada’s pieces come to mind.

 

Storm by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

Storm by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

You’ve painted a lot of fantastic women from Marvel including your Jane Foster Thor which is to die for. Who is your favorite female character today and has that changed over the years?

My favorite character… If we’re talking favorite character in the Marvel universe I’d have to go with She-Hulk as she’s my eternal crush (and the one I have the most of on my book shelf. I would kill for a laywer/hero tv series starring her). Miss America Chavez would be a close second, she’s the main reason I liked the Young Avengers run she appeared in. I’ve been out of the loop of hero comics in the past couple of years but I hear she got her own series now, I’d love to check that out eventually.

But if we’re talking favorite characters in general then that’s a much tougher question… that has changed so much over the years, and mostly depends on what piece of entertainment I’m presently high on.

 

Marvel or DC or both, where do you stand?

Will go with Marvel for the simple reason that I’ve read and watched way more of it. Nothing against DC, it just kind of happened that way.

You have a super cute piece with Wasp, any feelings on Ant-Man‘s brief look at Wasp and the upcoming Ant-Man And The Wasp movie? Good, bad, bit of both?

Ant-man was a lot of fun despite Wasp getting benched, but I’d definitely be happy to see a sequel with more of her. Heck, I’d prefer to see her get her own movie but I’ve learned not to hope for that much in this department. I did like the costume we had a peek at. It’ll probably get redesigned though, as they always do.

 

Wasp by Ayhotte (click to see original)

Wasp by Ayhotte (click to see original)

So if you were casting a Jen Walters Netflix series…?

Oh dear, I have no idea. I’ve never put much thought into actors and casting, I just tend to cheer or complain after the fact :P. It would be nice to see some news faces. However I do wonder how they’d do her She Hulk form. Full cgi would be expensive, maybe a body builder in front of a green screen? But the fact is there are more possibilities now than ever for that. (Just not a supermodel in green please oh god.)

Oh horror if they cast some no-muscle, tiny thin girl to play Jen! OK, that doesn’t bear thinking on!!

Shulkie by Ayhotte (click to see original)

Shulkie by Ayhotte (click to see original)

 

If we’re talking Marvel Cinematic Universe which female superhero would you like to see get a movie?

I’m kind of excited for the Captain Marvel movie, it seems to be on the back burner though. Either a Kamala Khan or America Chavez movie would be pretty timely nowadays. Also I’d put up with Jeremy Renner for a buddy comedy with Kate Bishop and Hawkguy.

 

Captain Marvel by Ayhotte

Captain Marvel by Ayhotte

True, that movie is still a few years off but at least we get to see Brie Larson play the Captain in the next Avengers movie. Yeay!

Scarlet Witch is one my personal favorites. You drew her in her traditional costume, how do you feel about Elizabeth Olsson’s SW and the look and movement design Joss Whedon imbued the character with?

Haha this is a character I love too so I might be overly critical, but here goes: I thought Wanda’s design in Age of Ultron wasn’t bad. Not really sold on the Civil War look though, maybe I’m just too in love with the red and pink suit. Regarding Olsen, I love her in everything but I wish they had considered keeping in Wanda and Pietro’s Romani heritage. The Avengers as a team doesn’t have that much diversity to play with already.

 

Scarlet Witch by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

Scarlet Witch by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

Jane Foster’s Thor is quickly becoming as iconic a look as Mjolnir itself ever was. Not a light hearted story for sure but what do you think of Jane’s new Valkyrie look?
Where else would you like to see a drastic change in look applied? If you could anything?

I love Jane Foster’s Thor form, impracticalities aside. It’s fun to look at, it’s fun to paint, can’t ask for more.

 

Thor by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

Thor by Ayhotte (click to visit original)

 

Thank you so much for sharing your art and thoughts with us, Audrey! I appreciate being able to share these fabulous portraits with my readers and I hope you’ll find time for lots more fan art in the future!

 

You can see more of Audrey’s art and fan art by visiting her gallery on devianART.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Daenerys – Fan Art Interview w/ Yaşar Vurdem

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Yaşar Vurdem is an illustrator, graphic designer and art student in Kayseri, Turkey. Besides his art, he enjoys science fiction movies and plays League of Legends. I cornered him for an interview so I could learn more about the man behind the heart-throbbing art you’ll see below!

Yaşar Vurdem

Yaşar Vurdem

Most of Yaşar Vurdem’s works displayed below are fan art pieces, because that’s my angle and it’s an area of creative arts that often gets relegated to dusty corners because of the inherent copyright issues. But, and this is usually true with anyone I interview here, Yaşar has so many more original and amazing pieces in his gallery that I really must urge you to treat yourself to a visit in one of them. They’re all linked below.

Red Ridinghood by Yaşar Vurdem (click image to see original)

Red Ridinghood by Yaşar Vurdem (click image to see original)

What else can you tell me about yourself? Where do you want to take your art for example?

I like to work on portraits. I think about writing a book. Which includes my art. About psychology of human and women who reflect our moods. I want to revive people’s inner world (with portraits and creatures).

My book will be like this. I will reflect reality with surreal portraits.

 

Harley Quinn by Yaşar Vurdem

Harley Quinn by Yaşar Vurdem (click image to see original)

Let’s talk about movies and TV. I sense that Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn from last year’s DC movie Suicide Squad must have seized your imagination, what is it about that character or actress that caught your interest so?

At first, she is so cute ^^ Margot Robbie… She (Harley Quinn ed.) is crazy… Someone who was very logical before. Her feelings are reflected in her body. We can see her soul mood. Effects of life!

 

Harley Quinn - Suicide Squad by Yaşar Vurdem

Harley Quinn – Suicide Squad by Yaşar Vurdem (click image to see original)

Most of your gallery consists of portraits of women done in a style that seems to blend Giovanni Bragolin with modern feathery Japanese art styles. Where do you take your inspiration from?

I like Japanese art. I often check old paintings and sketches. I’m very inspired by the old masters, Rembrandt for example and I’m really big fan of William-Adolphe Bouguereau‘s works. His colors and lights are just perfect. Really great for understanding human’s nature and skin…

 

Leaves by Yaşar Vurdem

Leaves by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

 

Marina Nery Portrait by Yaşar Vurdem

Marina Nery Portrait by Yaşar Vurdem

What does it take to get you fired up to do a fan art piece?

My fanart’s are sudden decisions. Unplanned works. I start working on it When I feel I have to do

 

Jhin Deadeye fanart by Yaşar Vurdem

Jhin Deadeye fanart by Yaşar Vurdem (click to see original)

What are you aiming toward as you firm up your individual style?

I’m aiming to improve anatomy and colors of my works. You could say I’m aiming for a line between realism and surrealism.

Gemma Ward by Yaşar Vurdem (click to see original)

Gemma Ward by Yaşar Vurdem (click to see original)

Gemma is here captured in her role as Tamara the mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

As a counterpoint to for example your Leaves piece or Marina Nery portrait above, your Durotan is so lifelike you almost expect him to blur into movement at any moment. The style here is quite different than the majority of your works. What were your thoughts working on this piece?

Durotan Fanart by Yaşar Vurdem

Durotan Fanart by Yaşar Vurdem

About my durotan portrait… Something beautiful can emerge at a time when you least expect it. This is the best example of it in my opinion. At this work I focused on different brush strokes and textures.

And it certainly shows, the lighting alone is breathtaking!

Game of Thrones caught your interest or certainly your beautiful rendition of Daenerys seems to indicate so. Are you a fan of the series, books or both? Was there anything in the TV series visual style that attracted you in particular?

I’m a fan of the GOT series. I like John Snow too as a series character. But I like to paint women in my art so thats why I go for Daenerys.
I like that how she looks natural.

 

Daenerys Targaryen by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

Daenerys Targaryen by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

Your Catwoman piece is also an exception among your other gallery pieces. Crisp and clear lines and the subject is active instead of passive. What were the circumstances that led you to draw her so?

I paint my catwoman in just 3 days. 4-5 hour’s in a day. I aimed at details and subject on this work. Her leather dress caught my attention very much.

I focused on so many details for it. The details were screaming at me like this Hey! Paint us paint us ! 😀

 

Catwoman by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

Catwoman by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

So what’s next for you?

 

In my future work, I will continue to focus on portraits and details. I’m planning to add special meaning to them, as I said earlier. 🙂 I’m really glad you like it.

Thank you so much for sharing your art and thoughts with me, Yaşar! I hope we’ll be seeing many decades more of art from you, my friend and I really do hope you write that book, it’ll be spectacular!

Please like and share this post so more people get to see the art style of Yaşar Vurdem. Who knows what sort of art or design gig might lay in wait for a talented young artist somewhere?

Deadpool by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

Deadpool by Yaşar Vurdem (click to visit original)

You can see more of Yaşar Vurdem’s art on:

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Marvel Fan Art Interview For Black History Month – John Gallagher!

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In honor of black history month, I wanted to tailor a fan art collection and interview on some of the fantastic black superheroes we have in Marvel. I wish there were more people of color in comics or in my favorite genres of sci-fi and fantasy for that matter, but that lack of representation is being chipped away at. Even if the process can seem slow from the readers or viewers perspective.

John Gallagher is a very prolific entertainment illustrator from Continue reading

FanArt Five – Mass Effect Andromeda

Here’s a quick fly-by of some amazing fan art talent on Tumblr who share my anticipation for what hands down will be the most important game release of 2017. Please visit, drop likes and follows. We’re all a big community who share a love for a massive and ever-growing fictional universe.

First, we have a wickedly sultry Peebee by Italian artist Ellieraptor. There’s a Tshirt design if ever I saw one.

Waiting For the Night to Come by Ellieraptor (click image to visit original)

Waiting For the Night to Come by Ellieraptor (click image to visit original)

As if I wasn’t already head over heels for PeeBee! Ukranian artist Kapuzin has drawn her Continue reading

Mass Effect Andromeda Free Fan-made Wallpapers

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There are 37 days left until Mass Effect Andromeda is released and the hype has achieved lift-off with trailers, and the Andromeda Initiative introductory courses and sweet, sweet developer tweets like this one from Mass Effect producer Fabrice Condominas:

But it’s still not enough, is it? You want more! Everyone always wants more and they all come to…

/Blink. Get out of my head, Aria and mind your own store, missy!

Fabrice is on the right track handing over some eye candy goodies for our phone and if he’ll take some advice from someone who instantly put PeeBee on the cover of her tablet, it might be a good idea to offer some similar tasties with Jaal. I hear he already has a big, love-struck fanbase.

But there is more to wallow our Andromeda starved eyes in all thanks to my Twitter friend SimoN7 Gray. Ever since the first trailer’s release, this fabulous guy’s been quietly screen capping anything and everything and putting them up as high-rez wallpapers for all to enjoy. And I mean everything. You can even find Cora and Scott Ryder’s steamy kiss in there and if you dress your Twitter up in that I want to know about it! These wallpapers will fit anything you want to dress up in Andromeda Initiative colors!

Here are a couple of my favorites since as you know I’m crazy for all kinds of gorgeous space art:

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So! Is your Twitter and Facebook Andromeda ready yet? Mine is!

Visit SimoN7 Gray’s whole gallery to see more and remember to return to it as he is still uploading new shots. Or better still follow him on Twitter to know when there is new eye candy available in his gallery.

On behalf of all of us Andromenubs: Thank you SimoN7 Gray!

FAN ART – Mass Effect, Witcher, Dragon Age by Shamiana

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Shamiana is 17 and lives in Germany where she attends school. While that doesn’t leave as much time for her art as she’d wish, she does plan to make a living out of it eventually. She’s also an avid gamer who is especially into games with character and narrative focus such as Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, The Witcher and so on. In the meeting of those passions, she produces spellbinding art with a shimmering almost trembling quality of that indrawn breath before movement.

 

Dragonborn by Shamiana (Click the image to visit the original)

Dragonborn by Shamiana
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I asked what sort of games Shamiana likes to play:

When it comes to gaming, I’m a really big RPG fan. BioWare’s games are obviously among my favourites but if I had to pick one franchise I’d probably go with The Witcher. Simply because I read the books and very much enjoyed what CD Projekt Red did with the story.
But I also picked up Rise of the Tomb Raider recently and as far as I can tell, it’s really good!

 

What does it take for a game to fire you up to start painting?

I guess the one thing it actually takes for a game to make me paint some fanart are good character designs! If a character looks boring or the design just isn’t balanced I won’t want to draw her/him. But, of course, it also needs a good story and fleshed out characters – because otherwise I wouldn’t be invested in the whole thing at all.

 

The Warden by Shamiana (click the image to visit the original)

The Warden by Shamiana
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Can you give some examples of what rounds out a character for you?

Something that’s really important, in my opinion, is that a design does not only look good but is also able to fulfill its purpose. If you’re going to draw a knight, for example, his armor should look like it is actually able to protect him from any harm. So you have to research how armor works, how it looks like and how it functions.

But, at the same time, you can’t just copy what you research because then you’ll end up with something very unoriginal. And if you’re designing the main protagonist of a game, e.g., then that’s not very good, since the protagonist has to look memorable, hence you have to be more innovative.

For a simple illustration, on the other hand, that’s already good enough.
So this is something I always consider when I’m designing characters myself and something I also look for in video game characters.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many artworks that depict the whole character, but one of the few I do have is my fanart of Evie Frye.

 

The Piece of Eden by Shamiana (click image to visit original)

The Piece of Eden by Shamiana (click image to visit original)

 

Character design is something that Ubisoft generally does really well in Assassin’s Creed. Almost all of their main characters (that are supposed to fight) look like they are actually able to handle themselves well in a brawl and, at the same time, most of their outfits look very innovative and memorable.

Another character whose design I absolutely adore is the design of Yennefer in The Witcher 3.

 

Yennefer by Shamiana (Click image to visit original)

Yennefer by Shamiana
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What I love about her design is that it just represents her personality perfectly. CD Projekt Red designed her exactly the way Andrzej Sapkowski described her in the books and they ended up with a very unique design (or at least I haven’t seen anything similar yet) that also made a lot of sense in the world The Witcher is set in.

 

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Is there an example of a character you were very disappointed in? Or have you found yourself painting a character to improve on what it sounded or looked like?

I don’t think I’ve actually encountered any characters that I was genuinely disappointed in, at least not in the games I’ve played. 

There are, however, a few characters whose design I always change just a little bit. For example, I absolutely can’t stand drawing Ciri’s high heels (From The Witcher 3) in any paintings I do of her and I always end up changing her boots to flat ones, because it looks less ridiculous. Apart from that though, I really like her design as well. It’s just this one little detail that always bugs me about her design.

 

Cirilla by Shamiana (click the image to visit the original)

Cirilla by Shamiana
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So boob armor? Does it annoy you?

It depends!
If a game is very story- and character-driven, boob armor really does annoy me a lot. Because it just doesn’t make any sense. 
But if it isn’t, I actually don’t care too much about it. Though I still think it’d be hilarious if the male characters got to wear something similar, just to balance things out.
I also don’t mind revealing outfits – I loved Morrigan’s design, for example. It’s just the bikini-armors that I don’t get.

 

Mass Effect Andromeda is less than three months away and there’s that gorgeous Cora you drew in your gallery. Is that the next big thing on your gaming horizon?

Oh no, that’s not Cora, that’s supposed to be my Ryder, haha.  But I must admit, they do look very similar. I designed her a few months ago, back when I had no idea how Cora was going to look. Seems like I unintentionally made them look alike.

 

 

Not Cora! ME Andromeda by Shamiana (click image to visit original)

Not Cora!
ME Andromeda by Shamiana
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That’s too funny! But then Peebee sure caught your eye, yes? Given how little we know about the crew so far, what is it about her that intrigued you?

I found it interesting about Peebee that she seems so different from a lot of the other Asari we already know from the original trilogy. While they were cold and graceful, her personality is described as bubbly and impulsive – she’s basically the opposite of them – and I like that a lot. 

 

 

Andromeda II by Shamiana

Andromeda II by Shamiana

 

And what are you hoping for Andromeda? Something different than Mass Effect 3, something similar?

I’m hoping that Andromeda is going to be very different from ME3, or any Mass Effect game for that matter. We’ve got a new protagonist, a new squad, even a new galaxy. If it isn’t different at all I’m going to be disappointed!
But I’m also hoping that they included fewer fetch quests than in DAI. Preferably, no fetch quests at all. That was a nightmare.

 

We can hope and in fairness Mike Laidlaw, Creative Director of Dragon Age: Inquisition has indicated on behalf of BioWare that they’ve learned from the Hinterlands experience. \ o /

A big thank you to Shamiana for agreeing to this interview and letting me show off her art. Please visit her galleries at deviantArt and throw her some likes and comments!

I like comments too, those go down below!

Fan Focus – Scarlet Witch

Long (long) overdue post celebrating the fanart of Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch. I wanted to post this before Avengers: Age of Ultron came out but life happened as it so often does.

The Scarlet Witch was introduced in X-Men #4 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in March, 1964. Here she shows up with her twin brother Pietro (Quicksilver) as part of a new group of villains, the subtly named Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Interestingly her costume is green though her headpiece already has its iconic (Magneto-esque) shape.

X-Men #4. March, 1964 Front Page.

X-Men #4. March, 1964 Front Page.

The daughter of Magneto and Magda has been featured in the Marvel universe for over fifty years, battling her probability altering powers and contending with her and her brother’s tragic past.

Vision and Scarlet by Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonard 1982

Vision and Scarlet by Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonard 1982

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now given us a reinvented Scarlet Witch. Unsurprisingly doing, so has its proponents and detractors. Personally, I crushed hard on Elizabeth Olson‘s Wanda. The old House of M tragedy, while huge for its time is now a depressing slog for a first time read and I would much, much rather have a new, fresh take on the character. Also Wanda’s story has been pretzel severely with Magneto now not being her father, Pietro may or may not have been her lover, she may or may not actually be a mutant at all and Magda (her mum) may or may not be still alive. /wince

The new Wanda Maximoff and her twin brother Pietro who, spoiler alert, croaks in Avengers: Age of Ultron, are now from the made up Russian mainland-esque Sekovia. This doesn’t preclude Romano ties, and I hope they didn’t drop those entirely but so far there’s been no mention of such a tie-in.

Her powers are presumably a result of Hydra experimentation which she and Pietro volunteered for and this is a young, untried woman still feeling her way into the world.

Her look too has received a much-needed modernization with bordeaux colored leather tops or flaring coats and lovely boho silver rings and dark makeup. Best yet is the choreography Joss Whedon invented for the role. Her hands and arms move with a clawing yet dance-like quality that is subtly unsettling and beautiful all the same!

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But who was the original Scarlet Witch and what did she look like?

Scarlet Witch is a mutant who can tap into mystic energy for reality-altering effects. Additionally being born on Mount Wundergore has given her magic abilities which she later trains with her mentor, the witch Agatha Harkness. A little bad, a little good as is so often the case with Marvel characters, Wanda has certainly led a life with ample reason for stepping off the straight and narrow.
Pregnant with Wanda and Pietro, Magda — flees to Mount Wundagore in Transia after seeing her husband Magneto use his magnetic powers.

Scarlet Witch - Ultimate Power #6 by Greg Land. September, 2007.

Scarlet Witch – Ultimate Power #6 by Greg Land. September, 2007.

Mt. Wundagore was the prison of the Elder God Chthon, and the children are brought into the world in the middle of his attempt to escape.
Cthon altered Wanda later, giving her the ability to use magic in addition to her mutant abilities, preparing her to become his vessel when she reached maturity, a vessel with both mutant and magical powers. In a panic that Magneto might discover the children, Magda flees yet again and subsequently dies of exposure to the elements.

Scarlet Witch and Ms Marvel by Mike Mayhew. ROUGH STUFF #8 cover. April, 2008

Scarlet Witch and Ms Marvel by Mike Mayhew. ROUGH STUFF #8 cover.
April, 2008

A quick aside, google Mike Mayhew covers for an absolute deluge of gorgeous!

The twins are placed in the care of the Romani Django and Marya Maximoff, who raise them as their own children. The kids are forced to flee a mob when Wanda uses her powers to protect herself and accidentally causes a fire that kills their adoptive Roma mother. After which Magneto picks them up for his newly formed Brotherhood.

Scarlet Witch Variant cover for Ultimates 3 #3 by Fran Cho. Jan 30, 2008

Scarlet Witch Variant cover for Ultimates 3 #3 by Fran Cho. Jan 30, 2008

Her redemption from not just her own very real guilt but Magneto’s later manipulations and Cthon who repeatedly sticks his oar in, is a long, bitter and dark story. And that’s not even going into the tales about just how close she and Pietro were presumably. Let’s just say Cercei and Jamie didn’t invent the tales of incest. Neither did comics of course!

But comics are just for kids, right?

 

'House of M' by Joe Quesada and Danny Miki. June, 2005

‘House of M’ by Joe Quesada and Danny Miki. June, 2005

Now that you are armed with some of Marvel’s iterations of what Wanda Maximoff has looked like over the decades, it’s time to have a look at the offerings of fan artists!

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Scarlet Witch Commission by Artgerm

Scarlet Witch Commission by Artgerm

Scarlet Witch Commission by Artgerm

I love Artgerm’s take on Wanda. Just a little muted and faded in the colors which draws the eye especially in a vibrant collection like this one. And her eyes are just spectacular with hints of humor and seriousness.

 

Scarlet Witch portrait by Xia Taptara

Scarlet Witch portrait by Xia Taptara

Portrait of Scarlet Witch by Xia Taptara

Xia Tapara’s portrait has such a feel of reality to it you could almost believe a real Wanda had sat for it. Her features are a lot more exotic than she is usually shown with which I can’t help but appreciate a lot. After all, a Romano mother and Central European father there ought to be more character to her face than American Everybody-looks-the-same beauty standards.

Please note that Xia use the portrait above for a step-by-step guide of how to paint Marvel faces! Do visit!

Scarlet by Xia Taptara

Scarlet by Xia Taptara

Scarlet by Xiaman

If you liked the portrait above by Xia, this piece of a much younger Wanda should blow your mind. Fantastic energy and liveliness and my gosh her hair!

And you can see a lot more of Xia’s amazing work by following the link above to his deviantART gallery.

 

Scarlet Witch Commission by Aethibert and Giuliapriori

Scarlet Witch Commission by Aethibert and Giuliapriori

Scarlet Witch By Aethibert Colors By Giuliapriori
Aethibert and Giuliapriori’s Scarlet Witch is pinker than you’ll be used to seeing her but the fae-like quality of her features makes this portrait very memorable. Aethibert has a vast gallery of superhero fanart which is definitely worth a visit!

 

Scarlet Witch by Claudia-SG

Scarlet Witch by Claudia-SG

Scarlet Witch by Claudia-SG

This is a wicked, wicked Wanda created by Claudia-SG on deviantART. In fact if I didn’t know any better I would almost say that was Cat Woman dressed up for Halloween! /fans herself

 Scarlet Witch painting by diablo2003

Scarlet Witch painting by diablo2003

Scarlet Witch painting by diablo2003

While we are on the topic of Wicked Wanda… This very smoking piece is an acrylic wash painting which was later enhanced in Photoshop. With a costume like hers it really is hard to not portray her as a pinup. Sorry, bad pun there.

 

Scarlet Witch by KevinTUT

Scarlet Witch by KevinTUT

Scarlet Witch by kevinTUT

It is important to remember Wanda didn’t just struggle with her powers but with her morality. Kevin’s Wanda is powerful, implacable and not very friendly! Gotta love her!

 

 Wanda, the Scarlet Witch by flipation

Wanda, the Scarlet Witch by flipation

Wanda, the Scarlet Witch by flipation
Flippation’s Wanda isn’t the cool, controlled professional so often portrayed, which I think shows his love for a character who is always one oupsie away from unmaking all of reality.

 

Witch by Irvintustin

Witch by Irvintustin

Scarlet Witch by irvintustin
Here is a very interesting piece that brings 1950s Americana posters forcibly to mind. Not simply in the dusty pinks and reds but also with her gorgeous curves. Wanda was never a woman who was supposed to have a starvation-gap between her thighs and Irvin celebrates that with this portrait!

Scarlet Witch by gammaknight

Scarlet Witch by gammaknight

Scarlet Witch by gammaknight

Gammaknight’s Scarlet Witch line art brings us back to her earlier iterations but her features here are cuter and almost cat-like.

Wanda Maximoff by niabolla

Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff by niabolla

Let us end with a return to Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch here depicted by niabolla in full glorious rage. It’s ok to fan girl at fan art!

A special thank you to Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Coolness for supplying me with additional beauty for this post and points to think about! Also that is the best blog name – EVER!

 

 

Meet The Artist – CoupleofKooks

Meet the Artist is back. This time interviewing an artist and gamer whose Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls fan art will alternately haunt and charm you and may possibly make you want to boot up Morrowind or DA:O tonight.
Consider yourself warned!

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There is a lot more to this artist than his haunting sepia toned fan art. He’s a 31 yo Wing Chun martial artist and competitive tea brewer* from Poland as well as a gamer and board gamer and he’d actually rank Bridge and Backgammon as his favourite games. On top of that he found time to do a lengthy bit of correspondence with me so I could, in good conscience, introduce you guys to his art.

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What else do you do with your time? Are you an architect and paint fan art for fun? Are you a student somewhere or a full-time artist?

For the last couple of years I’ve been working in the film industry as an animator in 2D movies and as a designer in stop motion movies. I also build sets, props and models for puppet films. Painting fan art and fantasy related pictures is fun for me, a method of relaxation and a way of improving my skills with something not work related.

TES: Neloth of House Telvanni

TES: Neloth of House Telvanni

What mediums do you use? Have you always used the same?

I feel best with digital painting, though I’ve discovered this technique just two years ago. Before I was painting with oil pastels, inks and acrylics. I switched to digital because it was much faster and much more comfortable to work with as a designer (making changes is so much easier now…). At the moment I use Photoshop (my favorite version is version 7, yes, the ten-year old one) and a kick-ass Wacom Cintiq tablet.

DA2 First Enchanter by coupleofkooks

DA2 First Enchanter by coupleofkooks

Why is version 7 of Photoshop specifically your favourite?

When I was studying I couldn’t afford a new computer or a new software and it was the only version that I could use back then. I got very comfortable with it over the years and later, when I finally switched to more advanced machine and could try out more recent versions, I learned to appreciate it’s simplicity. To be honest the only tools in Photoshop I use for painting are brush or selection tool and those and the painting engine didn’t change in years, so I’m completely alright with small, light, retro Seven :]

TES: Ancestor's Wrath by coupleofkooks

TES: Ancestor’s Wrath by coupleofkooks

CoupleofKooks is an interesting pseudonym. Do you run your deviantART account with somebody else?

By myself, though you can say there is one more person behind part of the things I publish on this profile. It’s my very good friend, BucklesInTheSun, with whom I write and create the Shades of Red universe. She is responsible for a gigantic part of the story behind almost every picture related to this project.
As for the pseudonym itself – it comes from David Bowie’s song “Kooks”, which I was listening to while creating an account on Deviant Art :]

DA2 Of Love and Other Demons by coupleofkooks

DA2 Of Love and Other Demons by coupleofkooks

(Orsino and Maidievh Hawke – Original Character story by ChristineFury. Read her fan fiction about Orsino and femme Hawke here: “Blood and Faith“)

What made you decide to practice Wing Chun?

I needed discipline and order in my life for various personal reasons, and because of some health issues I had to add regular exercises to my daily schedule. I was never good at training by myself so I needed something more social. I gave Wing Chun a try because a friend of mine started practicing it and I thought it will be easier for me if I had some company. At first I was all scared and bruised, then intrigued, now it simply raises the quality of my life. Very much. I am aware how cliché it will sound, but training martial arts is indeed training your own character. Now I added Tai Chi to that to balance this energetic style with something more gentle.

Shades of Red: Fallout by coupleofkooks

Shades of Red: Fallout by coupleofkooks

What video games have caught your interest this past year?

I’m constantly in love with Skyrim, so the most important thing that I’ve played during last year was a Dragonborn add-on. Also I keep playing Morrowind from time to time and the last two of Fallout games, which is my all time favorite series. Looks like Bethesda knows how to keep my interest. For years. And years… :] Aside from those masterpieces I tried out Far Cry 3 which I enjoyed, Hitman: Absolution which was fun and oh so pretty and Assassin’s Creed 3 which bored me to death.

TES Dunmer of Skyrim by Coupleofkooks

Often when The Elder Scrolls games are discussed it seems the art style has fans, haters and few on the fence. What attracts you to it?

I haven’t participate in any serious discussion of that sort, but I myself have mixed opinion about Elder Scrolls art style. Morrowind was, and still is a perfection for me, even though it has obviously aged. But the unique mood and superb visual ideas were what dragged me into Vvardenfell in a first place. The awkward animation and ugly characters is something that quickly disappears and stops bothering in a wonderful world of this game, even if one starts to play it now, in the era of flawless graphics. On the other hand the next part, Oblivion, is a game I’ve had very hard time with. Eventually I learned to like it and I kept it on my HD for few years, but it took me months to get used to awful faces and strange colors. I find this game ugly, simple as that, but it has strong moments that even with the unattractive visuals manage to be quite a show for the eye – Shivering Isles for examples, the best expansion ever published. Skyrim, especially modded, heavily modded, is a game I really like to look at. Lights, weather, auroras – I simply like to spend time in this world.
That’s when it comes to visual side of the Elder Scrolls game series. In general what attracts me most to those games (same goes for the Fallout series) is the open world and the possibility to mod the hell out of it. I love this feeling when You finish the intro / tutorial part and find yourself completely free to do whatever you want and go wherever you want. Even though you’re playing the same game again You can tell a completely different story. Fantastic thing.

TES: Sheogorath by coupleofkooks

TES: Sheogorath by coupleofkooks

How do you feel about the character art changes being planned for The Elder Scrolls Online? And are you going to play when it comes out next Spring?

I don’t like those changes too much. They feel like very general fantasy kind of style, pretty, shiny, generally super-cool, not something specific to the series. Elves for example. I really like the idea for these races in TES series. A little bit ugly, with strong features and facial hair – in ESO they change into I’ve-seen-them-in-all-other-games kind of elves. But yes, I’m going to give it a try.

TES: The Old One by coupleofkooks

TES: The Old One by coupleofkooks

“The Old One” in particular, of your TES pieces, seems to ooze Skyrim; not just because of the dragon silhouette but for that tell-tale white-out from the typical Skyrim weather. What were your thoughts (if you remember) on how to compose this piece and include the snow fall?

Actually the thought was very simple – I wanted to paint a dragon (and Paarthurnax was my favorite) and I wanted to try myself in painting this particular kind of weather. Since I was deeply into painting TES fan art this seemed like an obvious choice.

DAO Archdemon by coupleofkooks

DAO Archdemon by coupleofkooks

It seems you once had a love affair with Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2. Given the E3 announcement this year of the third installment, Dragon Age Inquisition, do you think you will be interested in playing? How do you feel in hindsight about the first two games and where BioWare may be taking that story?

As for a Dragon Age series I was more attracted to the fandom than to the game itself. I like how everything is so alive among Dragon Age players. Pictures, fanfics, role playing games – fantastic and very inspiring fandom to be in. As for the games – I don’t really like them that much, though I find some character really intriguing and a lot of costumes and places really, really well designed. The story and the world is interesting enough for me to look forward third part of the series though, I think I would be most happy if BioWare would take us to Tevinter. It’s the place in DA universe I like the most. But from what I’ve heard – no chances for that.


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And while we’re on Dragon Age, like The Elder Scrolls, that’s a unique art style; mature, dark and a little gritty and used. Is it safe to say that’s your kind of style?

Yes, it’s very much safe to say so.

DA2 No Compromise by coupleofkooks

DA2 No Compromise by coupleofkooks

Which game releases are you keeping an eye on for the future?

Fallout 4. Really. I know no announcements have been made yet, and it’s not really certain the game will be in production, but I really, really look forward for even the smallest info about this particular title. Also S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. No idea if this one is even planned but I would really like to visit Zone again. As for non-postapocalyptic games? Another TES title – always.

DA2 Have Confidence by coupleofkooks

DA2 Have Confidence by coupleofkooks

A huge thank you goes to CoupleofKooks for answering all my never-ending questions of the past few months! This post may have been a long time coming, CoupleofKooks, but I’m proud to have your art displayed on my site!

If you want to immerse yourself in more of CoupleofKooks mellow parchments and shocking reds, visit his (on occasion quite steamy!) galleries at: coupleofkooks.deviantart.com.

Tag the comment box below – we’d love to hear your thoughts on CoupleofKooks’ art and opinions!

* (Actually he tells me he already brews the perfect tea so no competition really. I just wanted to be dramatic  ~Aggie)

Announcement: Weeping Angels Next Fan Focus

The scariest monster from the Whovian universe is arguably the Weeping Angels. They may not be the strongest, or the ones that inflict the most damage but they are oh so chilling. This makes them an excellent candidate to break in a new aspect of the Fan Focus galleries. In five weeks time (give or take!) I will be presenting you with another shiny gallery of fan art – all presenting the stony visages of these creepy monsters.
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Consider that fair warning of what is coming!

Some considerations I made before finally picking the Weeping Angels for the next gallery:

I wanted a character that wasn’t already covered. So not male (Ezio Auditore, Isaac Clarke) or female (Elizabeth) and preferably someone or something from another medium than games this time. I’d say the angels cover these criteria and there are already a lot of fan art of them out there.

If you would like to have a fan art piece considered for this gallery either message me on devianART or send me an email at: WMAblogging @ gmail DOT com.