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Another Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars convention sketch. She sure is fun to draw. I think because Burroughs (edgar Rice, not William S) describes everyone on Barsoom (that's Mars to all you Muggles & Mundies) in naked. So, trying to imply royalty with no clothing is kind of a fun challenge.

Pencil, Pitt pens, Copic markers, & white calligraphy ink on 11" X 14" Bristol Sketch paper.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Excellent work 
drpsycho1960 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
blakjak21 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lov it, grat work
mypreciuuss Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work sir
CrankKitty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Wow that is great.
The background really builds up her, makes her really "pop"~
ConnerKonEl Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just saw this not 40 minutes ago and I have to say after all the rumors I've heard of the actress performing the role of Dejah, I am sold on the idea of her being Wonder Woman!!

That's an interesting point too, I never thought of how one could imply royalty without clothing...
rocketapolo Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
know that I can use to give the white color for shine?
Madpredator Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
pussylips Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
im just amaze
MTJpub Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
You just have to love Dejah Thoris! Your work is going to make me pull out and dust off my John Carter of Mars series.

Awesome illustration!

Bravo! :clap:
khurrumj Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best renditions.
khurrumj Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best renditions.
Schnuggelschnegge Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow she is sooo sexy :omfg:
joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
when i grow up i wanna be adam hughes.
Pogues Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Curious, how long does it take you to do a sketch like this completely? I am amazed at the amount of detail and skill put into something drawn at a convention.
desperados7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Fine drawing!
punxgirl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what is it about Edgar Rice Burroughs char. that one can spot them in art from a mile away??....any how LOVE this.
MonikaLoesser Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Her "royalty" would be clear to see even without the crown and trappings. This is absolutely stunning.
TicoDrawing Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
luciasek Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. It reminds me Alfons Mucha work. [link]
Sektor2814 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Very beautiful. Saw the other Deja Thoris sketch you had, love the clean linework and seeing the sketch process.

I recently got some copic markers, and can't wait to try them out. I've never used them before. I know there are different sets of gray markers (French Gray, Cool Gray, etc.) for prismacolor and I think also for copic markers. Is there any you would recommend, and should I also get one of those blenders or is that not necessary?
AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
I like the cool gray markers, for no special reason other than I have used them the most. And I wouldn't use the blender until you gain a proficiency with the markers themselves...

Good luck!

freakdearts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student Filmographer
actually not really naked the term he used was... harnessed
catnip08 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
hah - I was juust about to ask how you managed to keep the white shiny areas soo crisp with the copics - then I noticed the white calligraphy note.


I likes <3
Mavrick-Izzy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
umm i got ah question hw long does it take u 2 do a sketch like this?
n2pink Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
awesome pic!

p.s. you got me into buying the book and reading it lol
x-holic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I really wanted to comment, but I lack words - it's just stunning! *__*
ClaudiaSutton Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Beautiful work. I love the white highlights and how they appear to shine.
SlimeKingK Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ awesome!
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
One of the best Deja I had seen. Nest to the last one.
dsantiag Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Your Dejah is so much more sexy and royal, erm, majestic looking. Now I want to reread my old Burroughs paperbacks again!
Maxgarcia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dejah Thoris introduced me to the line of Frank Cho.
I see a great deal of character, now in its dash Adam!

Carrollart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Absolutely beautiful... thanks for sharing your work on Deviant.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Thanks for the kind words!
steveosterberg Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Mr. Hughes,

That is an excellent point you bring up about the difficulties inherent in naked royalty. Traditional portraiture is so heavily dependant on iconographical elements like clothing, jewellry, setting, etc., that the task you have before you is daunting. What must be doubly hard is trying to create a likeness when none exists outside of your head (or is this based on someone you do know?). I think your greatest strength is of course the expressiveness you imbue your characters with and this is no exception. I would challenge you to create a nude portrait of Dejah Thoris with that express purpose in mind: capturing the regal in a nude. You posed the problem, I would watch with keen interest to see how you handle it with a specific goal in mind.

Regardless, your work always illicites emotional responses from me. Fantastic. Now if I can only get Frank Cho to do the same, that would be an exciting comparison!!
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Thank you very much for the kind words!
Grafight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
she is hot! Joe J., stop complaining... or maybe you two should do a Wizard-style draw-off challenge on DA?
AOPaul Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Man, I wish PIXAR will take a serious look at your work or one of Frank Cho's as inspiration for their John Carter film... *wishes & hopes*
pascalblanche Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
she is quite a view.. do you have cololr versions of her? her native red skin could really complete the whole out of this place feel
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
No; no color, sadly. Just the B & W con sketches.

marron Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love all the shiny bits!
sirkuss Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the evil queen who always wanted to seduce Buck Rogers in the TV show.
You're awesome Mr. Hughes...great work as always.
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, a Muggle am I, but I can still recongnize a beauty when I see one...
effix35 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vraiment sympa.
tmulcahy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Certainly puts me in mind of royalty.
makulayangbuhay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Rabidcomics Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try something with a little more areola...
barbaryAPE Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Adam Hughes is the best
cattleworks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Ha! William S. Burroughs!
Somewhere, there's a short story that Philip Jose Farmer wrote (late 50s?) with Tarzan as written by William S. Burroughs.
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing work! :D
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