Growing up, I used to love reading Archie comics -- especially Betty and Veronica's digests. Whenever I could, I'd get them from the convenience or grocery store and flip through them laughing at the pair's various misadventures. When it came to which of the two I liked best, it was Betty all the way. She was the more down-to-earth character who seemed to be generally good at anything she put her mind to. That's not to say Veronica wasn't amusing. My all-time favourite story was when Betty and Veronica go on-set to a movie and Veronica practically melts into a puddle when meeting a movie star. Very cute.
Anyway, I FINALLY got around to drawing the two. They've remained shockingly absent from my gallery despite my genuine affection for them. I opted for a more retro vibe for them after seeing some old school paper dolls for them. I always did love seeing the old reprints of their '60s looks in the digests.
For some reason, I've always come to see Betty's colours as reds, greens and yellows where Veronica has deeper colours like blue, purples and blacks so that's really what I went with when putting this piece together. I used old pin-up drawings for the pose references and the clothes came from the paper dolls I was talking about earlier. I think this came out pretty well. Should I be populating my gallery with more Betty and Veronica?
I spent my first week of vacation at my mothers summer house, and I found all these old comics, among them was Archie which I havent read for ages. So I simply decided to do a fanart of Betty and Veronica
I don't know how the heck I missed posting this earlier, but better late than never. I drew this a few years ago for who requested I show Archie's Betty as a fairy godmother turning Veronica into something. A pumpkin seemed natural, given the fairy tale reference.
Interesting bit of trivia: One of my earlier Archie pieces that I posted on DA drew the attention of Archie Comics' art director, who asked me if I'd like to draw for the company. I said yes, but then the correspondence dropped off. Awhile later, this piece was commissioned, and I was inspired to create a pitch for Archie that would put the Riverdale gang in familiar fairy tales, and would be called "Happily Ever Archie". The art director liked it, the editor liked it but was skeptical, and after having me do some unrelated character sketches for their approval, correspondence dropped off again for good. Oh well.