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Black Canary Study by mikemayhew Black Canary Study by mikemayhew
11X14 on bristol board in pencil.
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Hi, Mike!

First things first--since I'm a major fan of the Blonde Bombshell, this beauty caught my eye immediately upon viewing your gallery, so I'm already in love with the piece! Time to get down to work:

Vision – Since you labeled it as a study, I assume you're either a) preparing to do a more complete version in your usual style of watercolors plus airbrush or b) doing a tight sketch thinking out how you would render your take on the character.

Originality – Since it's the Black Canary, showing her doing her sonic whammy is a standard approach to the character. However, seeing her done in your photorealistic way, to me, is what makes this really stand out! Also working for me is that you chose to do her in her Silver Age bolero jacket and fishnets circa 1970/80's Dick Dillin. To me, Dick was THE MAN! And this is THE version that I enjoy most.

Technique – I know you often work with models, and it looks like you done that here. Your pencil rendering is fabulous! Not only did you show proper lighting on the figure, you've also delivered excellent texturing of her costume. You obviously took time to decide how her suit should fit her--shoulder pads in the jacket, how much seaming should show in her corset, the fishnets have a wider "patterned tights" appearance rather than an actual pair of fishnet hose. Having her hair flow, giving her the original "Veronica Lake" look was an added stroke of genius. You also get major kudos for giving the overall look some balance by tightly rendering the figure and leaving the background very non-existent, just showing the force of her scream.

Impact – I love it! I've already mentioned that I'm a major Canary fan since I began reading Dillin's classic JLA when I was a kid. You gave me beauty without forcing cheesecake; not many comic artists can do that. But then, I don't consider you to be a comic artist. You're a photorealistic artist who works in comics, such as Mr. Ross...

Deviousness – According to my math, you averaged 3.75 stars. I'm rounding up to four. I only wish you take this to the next step and do this in color! Better yet, I gotta get make some major green and commission a version!
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OriginStory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I feel like coloring this! Am I allowed to color and submit it to DA?
Credit will be given.
mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
i'd rather you didn't. Nothing personal, but I don't like when people google my name and other people's coloring shows up on my stuff. I'm flattered you asked though! Thanks.
OriginStory Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol never mind... I actually started coloring "teenage MJ and Peter" but just for fun, obviously ;) I will not upload it. Just trying some coloring techniques using your lineart. Makes it perfect practice :D
bat973 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Sensational job
aaron33030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just LOVE this one! Her expression is great, and nice... hair work?
Indosocialista Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
You always make the face of your female character so beautiful. This one is very beautiful.
sean-izaakse Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Man this is beautiful!!
nirman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009   Digital Artist
can i ask u a question? how do you decide where and how the shadows should cast? do you rely on reference for such things? Amazing skills u have!
mikemayhew Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
I use photo reference that I take myself of models I hire, as with this piece.
nirman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh! Thanks!! You're stuffs are just awesome!
bloodkremer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
amazing!!! she looks demy moore!!!! very beatifull!!!!!!
PandorasPride Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
The movement in this piece is fantastic,the flowing hair is gorgeous. And her expression and body language is a refreshing change from the usual tough Black Canary^^
robsonrocha Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work! your art is great!
a516 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the subtleties of the shadows. reminds me of batman the animated series and the art deco look of gotham city.
emilyjasmine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
wow, shes great! her hair is amazing, love it!! :love:
46mech Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Fantastic job!!!!
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