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ZATANNA- Gil Elvgren tribute


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Edited version : contrasts and colors are reviewed. some more personnal adds too.


THAT IS the original pic from Elvgren:

This picture is half digital and traditionnal painting.
For this one I wanted to go back for the kind of technics I used for all my "dark tower" pictures, meaning :mix of traditionnal textures, medias, photos, digital tricks, mix of elements...

What I DID:

1-Basically, I took the original pic, gave it more contrast and erased the background and the face, heels and some other parts.

2-Then I printed it as a greyscaled pic.

3- I did the drawing appart, on a watercolor paper through a lightbox (YES, you can beat me for that if you want)to keep the pose as closer as possible to her original model.
Fixed her face to keep Zatanna looking the way I generally try to portrait her.
Addes the other hand, I wanted the cigar feeling pose, but with the magical stick :p

4-Once it was done I mostly colored it with watercolors markers and colored pencils.
I textured a bit the background with thick white acylics,

5-When it was Ok I scanned back the greyscaled print and my marker version ; then I mixed both on photoshop to have something very close to what you see actually.
it helps achieving the same textures (see the "chair" for example" and oil feeling) and shads.
Note that I followed the original shads too when I made my version. Otherwise it would have not worked that well.

6- Added the stars on photoshop; what ties her heels to her leg (dunno how you call theses) are actuually an edited photo

7- Fixed all the colors, added some original elements of the original painting to help even more to sounds like the original.

8- Here we are!

Then YES, I DIDN'T Painted the whole thing by my own hands,I also don't really own an original picture...
Then if you tell me "it's an edited copy of a GIL ELVGREN 's painting , I guess it will means you didn't READ this description.

You can see this pic as a photomontage except it's more of a"picture montage" actually.

Don't ask me for print of this pic then.

For people re-linking it on tumblr or whatsoever, give me a favor and don't forget to add GIL ELVGREN to the credits. I can't pretend beeing the owner of the whole pic.



- watercolors, acrylics, markers and colored pencils on watercolor paper
-Photshop edits , mixing of different elements, edited photos.

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Uskok's avatar
Now that's a magician who doesn't need a sexy assistant. :)
cullyferg2010's avatar
Looks like she's smoking her wand.
very nice thanks
danyboz's avatar
J'ai pris le temps de tout lire... alors oui, c'est effectivement une ré-interpretation d'une œuvre de Elvgren mais c'est tellement bien fait que je dis "bravo"!
D'autant plus que quand je vois le reste de ta très belle galerie, tu n'as franchement rien à prouver... et re-bravo!! :D
SSaruman's avatar
Now this is how you do a tribute!
MitruComix's avatar
Awesome classic pinup!
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robert952's avatar
Nice image.  Pays tribute to Gil Elvgen and to the DC comic's character.  

I appreciate that you explained the steps from the original Elvgren piece to the final piece.

I also can appreciate the flak you get over the technique/concept.  There are many who argue that 'photomanipulation' (or picture montage) is not art. I say it's art if you take a different approach than the original image(s) and create a new interpretation.  AND, as you do, clearly give credit to the original artist and piece used.  

As a personal opinion/observation on this piece, you might want to consider giving the stars some more deformation and motion blur for future works.  (Or even not include them since she's not 'casting' magic and this is more of a studio pose.  But it is Zatanna so stars are a part of the character.)  Just my 2kb worth.

Again, nice effort in the image and in taking the time for explaining your process.

Thanks for sharing.  
J-Estacado's avatar
hum; yes the stars thing is so-so :lol: 
I've just recently learned how to deform stuff on photoshop without looking like crap :)

thanks for commenting !
One hell of a magic pin-up!
Jackthekipper's avatar
I gotta say, This is an absolutely gorgeous Tribute to him and you did it justice. I'd think he'd be very to see that his work was not forgotten.

This single piece floated across while I was doing some research on him myself. I'm glad I decided to cruise by your gallery. Thanks for doing this piece.
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MyPaint-YourBlood's avatar
I absolutely love this. Excellent work here.
ctdsnark's avatar
Ahhh,what the heck...I made a collage of Cher D'Flower pictures,making sure I gave Jack Sparling (the artist) the credit.
oO-Monkey-Oo's avatar
Wow! I don't know why I haven't seen this one before!? Seriously beautiful work! :D
Incredible art, Zatanna! Congrats! Is possible acquire your art for print in a personal poster? Something like a wall frame with 80x60cm and 1200 dpi?
J-Estacado's avatar
nope. this pic woudld'nt allow a good printing.
beside I always work at 300 dpi 1200dpi would kill my computer (and my HDD!)
Before all, thank you by your reply, and i understand the resolution problem. Generally, when i render my infographics in high resolution, my computer dies... ;-)
batman900's avatar
This is so sexy
Kittori's avatar
I need more DC pin ups in my life. I'd buy the crap out of this D':
jeangac's avatar
Que buen Homenaje haz hecho con esta fantastica ilustración!
crash1973's avatar
however you did it or touched it up it came out awesome
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