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Zatanna in Ravenclaw by RichardCox Zatanna in Ravenclaw by RichardCox
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.
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TereziLicksRainbows Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
these look more like hufflepuff colors then ravenclaw
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Sorcorer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Totally love Ravenclaw!
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WebWarlock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Perfectly awesome!

I am glad you changed it. I like a good sexy-fun pin-up as much as the next guy, but this is just perfect.

Her uniform is different because she is an exchange student this year. ;)
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Hmmmm, Schoolgirl plus Zatanna = win. Love it.
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LanPitts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Dig it.
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's absolutely gorgeous!!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great fusion of the two and a wonderful piece regardless. Picked up on the bow tie and wand :) Very nice :) I agree about the top hat and likewise agree it doesn't fit. The only way I could think of putting it in would be a top hat brooch she could wear as jewelry or have a Hogwarts style crumply top hat on a shelf in the background, but again either is just superfluous... what you have here is perfect :)
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome and thank you for sharing this :)
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HeroXero Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive
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