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50s Sci-Fi Heroine by RichardCox 50s Sci-Fi Heroine by RichardCox
The client asked for something pretty straightforward, and pretty much up my alley: a classic/1950s-esque sci-fi heroine, riding a rocketship. It's certainly a theme I've explored in the past (). The result is that I went through about 3 revisions on the pose, changing her expression, pose, positioning repeatedly, until I landed on this one, with exaggerated hand positioning and faux startled expression that lands it right in that 40s pinup era I cherish.

Her outfit is of my own design, but the theme being what it is, it had to be shiny, simple, and a bodysuit. The padding and penstriping gives it and her a bit more shape and form. The green clasp adds some contrast to all of the reds. The styling of the suit (the clasp, silver coloring, and the penstripes) tie the outfit into the ship.

And that ship. Whew. I think the first impulse for this is to go with a straight silver rocketship that's standard for (generic) science fiction from the period. Well, hooey on that. I researched period cars, and pulled together elements from various large-engined autos. I then layered them onto the outline of a generic 1950s rocketship. And you just KNOW she would have a candy apple red rocketship. Seriously. Let's talk chrome. Chrome is a fun challenge, but also a pain in the BUTT to do. It reflects EVERYTHING. The shapes and colors around it as well as It's own contours. That includes light AND color. think I spent about 8 hours getting this ship to the point I approve of it. :) I also added my name to it in a boss 1950s car font. Woot.

I definitely wanted the Squidgy Alien to be more fun/cute than menacing. If you look at the piece sideways, you can kinda tell a bit more just how goofy he is. He almost has 3 eye stalks and 2 "arms" (although they end in eyes as well).

And the background fades out at the edges as opposed to my usual fade in from character. I just thought it would be an interesting affect that reflects a lot of illustration from the period that tends to fade out towards the edges.

11x14, Copic marker, white ink, black & white colored pencils on smooth bristol board. Hair by Marilyn Monroe.

Wednesdays Heroes have posted my prelims and some process shots here: [link]
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BahamaWave Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
excellent. looks a lot like my Breitling girl photo:…
Bongwater-bandit Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm digging the texture work
RichardCox Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fe-li Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
What a fantastic retro and glamourous drawning!
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
hhh yes, it reminds me of the rocketship from Tintin, very much a retro classic as far as colours go.
RichardCox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
Mycael006 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Love it, was thinking about starting a similar theme myself on some upcoming comission requests!
LittleJohn312 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Love this one!
angelacapel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
You take such care and time with your pieces. They're always so lovely!!
RichardCox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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