So, in December I mentioned offhandedly that I would like to draw DC Comics' Zatanna as a Ravenclaw house member. As I pretty much never have time to work unless it's commissioned, I was lucky someone took the bait and asked me to do the piece.
My original intent was to make the piece more pinup-y, with a big grin, squeezing the books all tightly to her, leg kicked up, all of that. But the more I though about it, the more that read "schoolgirl" and neither Zatanna nor Ravenclaw. So I edged more towards somethign more naturalistic, less exaggerated. A straightforward "Hello, I am very smart and I like to learn." pose and expression.
So, how to reconcile differences between Zatanna and the Hogwarts uniform without compromising either? My approach was modifications to the Hogwarts schoolgirl outfit. I removed the tie for Zatanna's bow-tie, but included the Ravenclaw house colors, in plaid. I also stretched out the sweater a bit across the bosom, not necessarily to draw attention to the breasts, but to emulate her stage uniform a bit, with the corset and vest she wears. She needed a wand, so I let her keep her stage magicians wand. I lost the top hat as it was really out of place with the rest of her attire, but I did waffle on it a little.
The textures and patterns were all great to work with, and seem to compliment one another well. Your really sometimes have to work to find a balance, and not go overboard a bit.
Drawing and designing plaid well is hard. Just wanted to throw that out there.
9x12, COPIC markers, colored pencils, and white ink on 9x12, off-white drawing paper.